If you’re planning a trip to the Algarve in Portugal, then you’ll want to visit some of the region’s stunning beaches. However, there’s only one problem, so does everyone else!
Once you’ve looked at the best villas in Portugal for your stay, you’ll want to check out those all-important, secluded beaches. This can require a little research but luckily for you, we’ve already done it. So, let’s take a look at some of the best beaches on the south coast of Portugal.
Praia de Galapinhos
This secret beach isn’t quite as secret as it once was probably due to the fact it was crowned the most beautiful beach in the country just a few years ago. However, if you set out early, you’ll get to enjoy the clear blue seas and the stunning white sands without the crowds. As with most holiday destinations, it always helps to visit outside of the school holidays.
Praia da Carreagem
If you follow the signs from the main road and drive along a dirt track for a couple of miles, you’ll get to the car park. You’re not there yet, there are still a few hundred steps down to the beach itself. When you finally get there you’ll find the effort worthwhile. Low tide reveals the astonishing rock formations, while at high tide the Atlantic swell batters the beach. If you want to relax and get away from other people, this is the place for you.
Praia João de Arens
The collection of passageways and caverns only connect at low tide. So be careful, when the tide does come in, you can get stranded. At high tide, when the waves rush through the caverns it sprays out through the rocky blowholes like enormous natural fountains.
Praia do Ancão
If you’re travelling to the region’s capital, Faro, then you’ll want to pay a visit to the nearby Ria Formosa lagoons. Perhaps the best beach in the area is the Praia do Ancão, it is surrounded by thick pine and there are several excellent restaurants close by. Perfect for those who like their seclusion in moderation.
Praia do Barranquinho
This little beach is tucked away within the rugged landscape of Caramujeira. It’s easy to reach from the main beach, but you might need to ask for directions. When you get there, you’ll be rewarded with near-isolation, with just the treetops and the occasional intrepid kayaker for company.
With a name that literally means ‘desert island’, Ilha Deserta is a small sandbar accessible from Faro via a fifteen-minute speedboat trip. The pristine island is home to many birds, wild plants and flowers and even chameleons. There’s just a single restaurant on Ilha Deserta, but it offers panoramic views of the surrounding Atlantic.
Praia da Murração
The final hidden gem of a beach is Praia da Murração. This remote beach on the Algarve’s western coast is only really accessible by a four-wheel-drive or after a six-kilometre hike. The walk is beautiful as it winds through a gorgeous valley. As you would expect from its remote location there aren’t any facilities or lifeguards, so watch out for those jagged rocks and the Atlantic’s vicious rip-currents.
Whatever part of the Algarve you choose to visit you’ll be simply spoilt for beaches. From long golden sands to the hidden secluded coves and it’s all less than 3 hours away.