Favourite Algarve Beaches
It really is a tricky subject, 'favourite Algarve beaches', since the region is blessed with so many great examples.
Sometimes it seems like my favourite beach is the one I was stretched out on most recently.
But, I'll cheat a bit and give you a list of
three, as well as why I chose them...
Who took my sun-lounger?
Praia de Barril
Barril is really an 'offshoot' of Praia Ilha de Tavira. But, this 'island' beach is great fun to arrive at, since you
get to walk across a narrow pontoon bridge (looking down at
the water below through the wooden slats) then...
... you can either take a ride on the miniature train or
you can walk alongside the track (it's paved) until you
reach the praia.
There are plenty of facilities in the main area once
you've arrived: cafes, restaurants, games, shops and even
well-maintained toilets (always gets my vote!) It makes for a beach-day with a difference, and I have fond memories of my visits there.
(Check out the strange display of large sea anchors rusting
in the dunes).
Praia da Armona
Getting to Armona beach usually requires a ferry journey from Olhão of about a half-hour's duration. It's convenient enough to get there and back, though, because the
ferry service is pretty frequent. (And the journey's not long enough to require 'sea legs' - thank Goodness!)
I have actually waded out at low tide - and back again - but
I'd advise observing when others leave the beach to trek
back, as some of the currents can be strong (even with just
your lower half in the water) and there's safety in numbers!
If you like to sun yourself while watching the antics (or do I mean prowess?) of surfers,
windsurfers and other brave souls, then this is a great place to go.
The beach looks out onto Baia de Lagos and has a selection of bars where you can slake your baking thirst.
It's a considerable stretch of beach, and I stroll along it to Alvor and back when I feel like taking some exercise.
And I should just mention...
until a little while ago, my top 3 Algarve beaches
would have included Praia da Arrifana, which
which is up on the west coast of Algarve and
attracts some hardy surfer types and many mobile
But, when we visited last - during a great day-trip circuit that included Caldas de Monchique, Aljezur, Arrifana and Cabo de Sao
Vicente! - I was a little put off by the green "gunge" that was
evident in the spume at the beach's edge. It was probably something harmless, like algae, but who wants ankles that look like someone's decorated them with lasagne verdi?
So that's Arrifana off my list of Algarve
beaches, until I return to find a clean bathing experience! (You have to be cruel to be kind, sometimes).
Green ankles? No thanks,
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Your Favourite Algarve Beaches
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Praia da gale
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A Vote For Praia da Rocha
Thank you for an excellent site, which I frequently visit.
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Pedro's Beaches List
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I Love Martinhal Beach
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Praia da Luz Not rated yet
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Manta Rota , Cabanas Not rated yet
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Coelho Beach, not far from Gale Not rated yet
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Crashing waves. A terrific beach cafe to sit and idle your time. Prices a little …
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