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Algarve Beach Guide

Stretching for over 200Km of coastline, the Algarve offers some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, ranging from secluded coves sheltered by spectacular cliffs, to vast expanses of sand which can be enjoyed all year round.

Most of the Algarve's beaches are family friendly and have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag (69 in 2013), in recognition of its quality, safety, facilities and respect for the environment.


Carvoeiro Beach

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Carvoeiro, was a former fishing village which has developped into a cosmopolitan resort boasting a welcoming cove of calm waters. The whitewashed village of Carvoeiro is built around the surrounding cliffs, forming a natural amphitheatre where you can enjoy the stunning coastal scenery. The fishermens clourful boats still share part of the beach with the holidaymakers, and are also used for day trips to the nearby caves.
Location Coordinates: N 37 5' 46.45'', W -8 28' 18.19''

Centeanes Beach

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Centeanes beach is a large expanse of sand stretching westwards, flanked by imposing cliffs, beautifully sculpted by the rain and seawater. A wide wooden footpath runs across the beach, accompanying a rocky ledge and a set of wooden steps takes you to the cliff top at the eastern end, where you can enjoy the magnificent view over the coastline.
Location Coordinates: N 37 37 5' 28.72'', W -8 27' 21.26''

Carvalho Beach

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Carvalho beach is nestled between beautiful ochre cliffs and boasts a welcoming patch of golden sand. A large group of attractive rocks marks the beachs central area and cuts the horizon into two. The access to the beach is made through a tunnel dug out of the rocks, with many marine fossils embedded in the walls.
Location Coordinates: N 37 5' 11.85'', W -8 25 54.26''

Benagil Beach

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Benagil beach appears at the bottom of a deep valley and is closely linked to the fishing village that gave its name to the beach, located on the cliff top. The beach still has an area reserved for the brightly-coloured fishing boats, also used during the day to take visitors on trips to explore the beautiful coastline.
Location Coordinates: N 37 5' 9.33'', W -8 25' 39.65''

Marinha Beach

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Marinha beach is a small cove accessible through a set of steps that gently descend to the golden sand which stretches away westwards. The beach is surrounded by warm-coloured limestone cliffs and a remarkable range of rock features such as arches, caves, isolated rock formations and potholes that can only be seen from the cliff top.
Location Coordinates: N 37 5' 21.9'', W -8 24' 50.46''

Armação de Pera Beach

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The western end of the beach is marked by the jagged limestone cliffs that are a typical feature of the Algarves western region. To the east, however, you will find the beginning of a large sandy bay, as well as the tourist resort of Armao de Pra, which provides all kinds of important facilities for beachgoers.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 6' 6.3'', W -8 22' 4.95''

Praia Grande Beach

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The beach and sand dunes at Praia Grande stretch for more than two kilometres of open countryside, without any signs of human presence. Two wetland areas mark out the perimeter of the beach: the marshland of Alcantarilha to the west and Lagoa de Salgados to the east, this latter area being an well known birdwatching spot.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 5' 51.11'', W -8 20' 54.89''

Salgados Beach

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Salgados beach is a continuation of Praia Grande beach to the east of Salgados lagoon. The beach is a vast expanse of golden sand with some very quiet and peaceful areas.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 5' 17.59'', W -8 19' 31.77''

Galé Beach

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Galé beach lies at the eastern end of Salgados beach and is one of the best family friendly beaches in Albufeira. On the eastern side of the beach you will find the distinctive rock formations of the Algarves western coast, providing small coves, nooks and crannies, with the western end being more spacious, wider, and more open.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 4' 56.89'', W -8 19' 6.93''

Castelo Beach

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Castelo beach is backed by high cliffs that dominate the landscape. The beautiful sandy beach nestles between imposing cliffs and gets its name from the distinctive rock formation that is reminiscent of an enormous castelo (castle in Portuguese).
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 4' 23.55'', W -8 17' 55.52''

Coelha Beach

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Coelha beach is reached by a footpath that passes through farmland, where you can enjoy a bit of the traditional Algarve landscape, with may ancient olive and carob-trees. Once on the beach, visitors will find themselves in a small cove protected by impressive cliffs.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 4' 23.05'', W -8 17' 15.35''

São Rafael Beach

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São Rafael is a beautiful family friendly beach with a wide stretch of golden sand, set amidst warm-coloured limestone cliffs. On this beach, you will find very interesting rocks formations, such as the Ponte Pequena (small bridge) and Ninho das Andorinhas (swallows nest).
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 4' 28.85'', W -8 16' 50.63''

Túnel Beach

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Túnel is the first beach to the east of Albufeira Marina and is situated in the midst of an urban area, in the old town of Albufeira. The beach is reached through a tunnel dug out of the limestone cliff, situated amidst the narrow streets of the vibrant Albufeira old town, where you will find plenty of bars, inviting restaurants and handicraft shops.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 5' 11.68'', W -8 15' 10.39''

Pescadores Beach

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Situated in a lower area where there is a break in the cliffs, Pescadores beach (Fisherman's beach) is a continuation of Tnel beach.
Location Coordinates: GPS N +37 5' 12.66'', W -8 14' 59.33''

Oura Beach

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To the west of Oura beach, there is a predominance of tourist amenities with the beach being framed by an urban development, while to the east the beach gradually becomes more natural leading to the Pedra dos Bicos, a rock formation that marks the eastern end of Praia da Oura, where it is possible to bathe in complete peace and tranquillity.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 5' 8.35'', W -8 13' 30.71''

Santa Eulália Beach

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Santa Eulália beach offers a large stretch of sand with a number of pleasant little nooks and crannies provided by the various rock formations. There is a small promenade along the central part of the beach, lined by tall palm trees.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 5' 17.04'', W -8 12' 50.16''

Maria Luísa Beach

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The walk to the beach takes you through the nearby touristic development Club Med. Maria Luísa beach offers a fairly large stretch of sand, framed by pine trees and warm-coloured cliffs polished at the bottom by the action of the sea.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 5' 23.38'', W -8 12' 3.42''

Olhos d'gua Beach

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The beach is contained within the picturesque village of Olhos dÁgua and takes its name from the freshwater springs in the sand, visible by the shoreline at low tide. But Olhos dÁgua is also noted for its limestone cliffs and for the local fishermen who continue to occupy the eastern end of the beach with their colourful fishing boats.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 5' 23.01'', W -8 11' 27.66''

Falésia Beach

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Falésia beach stretches eastwards for over three kilometres, backed by a continuous line of warm coloured cliffs, which create interesting contrasts of colour with the green patches of stone pines overlooking the beach. The beach offers a large stretch of sand and has some very peaceful spots if you walk westward for a short distance.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 5' 4.04'', W -8 9' 39.74''

Vilamoura Beach

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Also known as Praia da Marina, Vilamoura beach is located between the eastern mole of the marina and the fishing port of the neighbouring town of Quarteira. Vilamoura is one of Europes largest leisure resorts, a well planned resort where all the amenities come together to make it one of the best beach and golf resorts in Europe.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 4' 17.75'', W -8 6' 59.14''

Vale do Lobo Beach

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Vale do Lobo is a stunning sandy beach surrounded by an upmarket tourist complex with the same name. Nestled amidst stunning ochre coloured cliffs, this is a great family friendly beach which offers a wide range of leisure and sports amenities to choose from.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 3' 3.84'', W -8 3' 28.34''

Garrão Beach

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Garrão beach is a continuation of Vale do Lobo beach, and here the cliffs give way to vast sand dune systems, covered with typical vegetation. The beach accompanies two valleys divided by a low cliff, in each of which a lagoon has formed: in the western valley is Lagoa das Dunas Douradas, and in the eastern valley is the smaller Lagoa do Garrão.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 2' 23.79'', W -8 3' 2.46''

Quinta do Lago Beach

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On the footsteps of Algarve's most exclusive resort, and sheltered by the Ria Formosa nature reserve and its natural dunes, Quinta do Lago beach is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in Europe. The beach is an extensive sandy area with no rocks, with a pedestrian access by a wooden footbridge over the Ria Formosa.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 1' 34.56'', W -8 1' 31.54''

Ancão Beach

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Ancão beach is located in Quinta do Lago, within the confines of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, and remains beautifully unspoilt, offering immaculate sandy dunes, great for families.
Location Coordinates: GPS N 37 2' 9.95'', W -8 2' 28.85''