There's a table of Algarve camping sites further down this page, to help you choose.
I've even managed to update the details of the
camping site at Faro, after much trial and effort
(see the table below). But first, let me draw your attention to some safety information that I discovered recently. At the bottom of this page, I've included some
important safety information about certain Algarve campings that you might like to consider before booking.
You can also tell everyone about any Algarve camping stories you might have by clicking on the link in this sentence - it'll take you where you need to go.
Even in the winter months, camping in the Algarve is an increasingly popular way to vacation on a budget. Official campsites are dotted throughout the region.
I'm no expert (OK, so I'm chicken) but I'm assured that camping sites in the Algarve are quite well appointed, and most are reasonably priced.
As you can see from this picture, if you choose chalet accommodation (these were at Alvor), Algarve camping need not be too basic!
The Campings operated by Orbitur seem to be slightly more expensive than the average.
Even though some sites are quite large, they are often full to capacity during peak summer months.
Some sites allow caravans as well as camper-vans, and some even rent stationary 'trailers' or bungalows, should you have a hankering for more creature comforts than are offered by basic Algarve
At 2007 prices, you should not expect to pay more than 5 Euros per head per night, unless you opt for a bungalow deal. But, showers and parking tend to be charged separately (on top of what it
costs you to stay).
I mentioned the word 'official' at the top of this page, because the law does strictly require Algarve camping activities to take place within an official site. It is the case, however, that some
places attract the attention of happy-go-lucky campers, while avoiding the scrutiny of the local constabulary...
Those 'free' Algarve camping spots that I've learned about are included at the bottom of this page. It is true, however, that many other places I see have lots of campervans huddled behind some dunes, and they don't look to have moved in quite a while...
(Whereas, if you'd like to read about a camper van
that visited Algarve in 2008 and rarely stood still, check out Chris's
In order to employ some sort of system, I've listed the official Algarve camping sites starting at the top of the west coast and finishing at Vila Real, near the border with Spain. And, I've put the list in tabular form which, while it might look more booooring (yawn), does make things easier to compare...
A few sites are restricted and you will need to produce some specific paperwork in order to qualify for a stay there.
Details are as up to date as I could make them, but it's always best to contact a site before you arrive, just to avoid disappointment! Things are slowly improving, with Algarve camping site administration
approaching late 20th Century standards, so I've included e-mail details where these could be discovered.
On a security note (and experienced campers will excuse me stating the obvious) camping sites are known to attract thieves, so you should take steps to protect your valuables during your stay.
Unless otherwise stated, dogs are forbidden and campsites are open all year round.
Algarve Camping Sites
Tel. +351 282990220
||Praia da Amoreira
||Playground, restaurant, bar, snackbar, pool, mini-market, tennis
||Vale da Telha ***
Tel. +351 282998444
||Praia do Monte Clerigo
||Playground, restaurant, bar, snackbar, pool, mini-market
||Campismo de Sagres** (Orbitur)
Tel. +351 624371 / 624441
||Praia de Mareta
||Playground, mini-market, bar, restaurant, salon, BBQ, tennis, adventure sports
|Vila do Bispo
||Campismo da Ingrina***
Tel. +351 282639242
||Praia do Zavial
||Playground, mini-market, bar, restaurant, BBQ
||Campismo da Quinta dos Carriços **
Tel. +351 282695201
||Praia da Salema
||Handicap facilities, playground, mini-market, bar, restaurant, salon
||Campismo de Espiche **
Tel. +351 282789431
||Praia da Luz
||Restaurant, bar, snackbar, mini-market
||Campismo de Valverde*** (Orbitur)
Tel. +351 282789211
||Praia da Luz
||Handicap Facilities, mini-market, bar, restaurant, salon, pools, tennis, handball, bike rental
||Campo da Trindade *
Tel. +351 282763893
||Praia da Ana
||Playground, restaurant, bar, snackbar, pool, mini-market.
||Campismo da Dourada**
Tel. +351 282459178
||Praia do Alvor
||Handicap facilities, restaurant, snackbar, pool, playground, bike rental, mini-market, room and bungalow rental
||Campismo do Ferragudo**
Tel. +351 282461121
||Praia da Caneiros
||C.C.L., C.C.N. or F.I.C.C. cardholders only
|Armação de Pera
||Campismo de Canelas ***
Tel +351 282312612
||Armação de Pera
||Restaurant, bar, snackbar, pool, supermarket, tennis, bike rental
||Campismo de Albufeira****
Tel. +351 289587629
||Praia da Baleeira
||Handicap facilities, playground, restaurants, snackbar, bar, pools, tennis, shop, bike rental, mobile home and caravan rental.
||Campismo de Orbitur ***
Tel. +351 289302821
||Praia de Quarteira
||Handicap facilities, playground, mini-market, bar, restaurant, salon, pool, tennis, bike rental
|Parque de Campismo da Praia de Faro
Tel. +351 289818412
It seems to be a club with one member, being
the 'Association of Users and Friends of
Campsite Faro Beach'
||Ilha de Faro
||Camper vans only. Water and electricity, WC
with hot water, free wi-fi, free national fixed
line phone calls, restaurant and mini-market,
bar with sport TV, washing and drying machines,
24-hour security, terrace overlooking Ria
||Campismo do Sindicato dos Bancários ***
||Praia da Armona
||Handicap facilities, caravans OK, playground, supermarket, bar, restaurant, salon, ATM, pools, disco, tennis, handball, riding, bike rental
||Campismo da Fuzeta**
Tel. +351 289793459
||Praia da Barril
||Playground, mini-market, bar, restaurant
||Campismo da Ilha de Tavira**
Tel. +351 281321709
||Praia da Ilha de Tavira
||Open: 2/5-30/9 Open 6/4 - 14/10 Playground, restaurant, bar, snacks, mini-market
|Vila Nova de Cacela
||Campismo do Caliço *
Tel. +351 281951195
||Playground, restaurant, bar, snacks, pool, mini-market, bike rental, bungalow rental.
||Campismo de Monte Gordo *
Tel. +351 281510970
||Praia de Monte Gordo
||Handicap facilities, bar, playground, restaurant, tennis
NB The Praia do Faro campsite
details have finally been updated after I ventured
over to Ilha de Faro and called in to ask for
details. It seems to be limited to those who roll
up with their own camper vans. Prices seem
reasonable, at 1.5 euros per person per night (2.5
euros in June, July and August), and a further 2.5
euros per diem for electricity.
While it may not be the greatest setup, it's
got the beach, plenty of local restaurants, bars
and shops and, if you get bored there, you just
drive over the road bridge and there's the whole
of the Algarve to explore, with plenty of shopping
on hand even in Faro...
So, if you have any impressions or reports about the Faro campsite, please let me know, via the Your Algarve
Best page, and I'll credit you with helping me complete my Algarve Camping page!
Algarve Camping - Featured Site
The campsite at Olhão was one of the latest to receive
an anonymous visit by yours truly.
My conclusions were:
It's a nice area, a short walk from some beautiful
parts of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. There's
plenty of off-site shopping available in the town of Olhao.
And some of the Algarve's best beaches (not that there are
any bad examples) are close by.
During our walk around the perimeter of the site, we
noted plenty of emergency exits, with wide vehicular
access. (This was reassuring, given some of the black
marks handed out to a few Algarve camping sites - see
I always tend to judge sites by what the users think,
and there seemed to be plenty of contented folk relaxing
within the site when I visited.
There are a few nice walks (Circuitos) posted around
the area, so I'll report more on those when I've taken Nev
around them for some much-needed leg-stretching!
Meantime, that picture above is of me being dwarfed by
the rather triumphal 'arch' (shades of Saddam) at the
entrance to the Algarve camping facility at Olhao.
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Free Algarve Camping Spots
The increasing popularity, among campers, of wintering in Portugal has upped the pressure on those unofficial 'free' locations known to seasoned campers.
On the southern coast, things tend to be quieter west of Lagos and, while the west coast is generally quieter still, you may need some effective wind-proofing!
Some of the best (as defined by my informants) Algarve camping locations are near the inland reservoirs (barragems). These offer peace and tranquillity and also more protection from prevailing winds, since they
tend to be wooded areas within natural valleys.
Some such spots are popular even with native Portuguese (or Algarveans). But, those folk tend to appear only after Easter, since what is clement weather to those of us from more northern climes is
pretty chilly to locals!
Here are a few free Algarve camping spots that came highly recommended...
Praia de Odeceixe
Off the N 120, the village itself offers poor parking. Best try across the estuary, following an unmade road north of the bridge on N 120. There's even clean spring water to enjoy there.
Off the N 120 Praia de Amoreiro is signed north of the town, or Monte Clerigo south of town. There's a municipal riverside market in the town. Toilets and water (separate facilities, honest!) are available behind the market, where there is also parking.
Vila do Bispo
Unless you drive a tiny car, or love narrow streets, avoid the town centre. Take the main exit from the N 125 and find the supermarket and local water. Then look for signs to Praia do Castelejo then
Praia da Cordoama. Cordoama is isolated (probably because of the unmade access
road), but is fine for long stays. Limited parking only at
Castelejo. Expect crowds at both praias during the
After all that, it only remains for me to wish you 'happy Algarve camping' if you're going to give it a go.
Ferragudo's tempting pool - Algarve camping at its best?
I learned recently that the consumer group DECO, after undertaking some cloak-and-dagger visits to various Algarve camping sites (as well as others throughout Portugal), has issued a general warning and some pointed recommendations.
It seems that DECO was unhappy with the safety features at a number of sites and is even calling for the closure of some! (At least while they're repaired). Those Algarve camping facilities named in this regard were: Orbitur Valverde, Monte Gordo and Camping Albufeira.
DECO's concerns centred around such matters as Fire Risks, Evacuation Facilities, proximity to highways, nearby high-tension cables and general risk of injury.
While there's no such thing as 100% safe, you should probably make some enquiries of whatever Algarve camping places take your fancy BEFORE you book.
Ask specifically whether there is a published evacuation plan, whether staff are trained to act as wardens in an emergency and whether there have been any major accidents or serious injuries at the facility within the last 5 years. You might also inquire whether staff are trained in resuscitation techniques - and whether the roads inside the facility are all wide enough to accommodate emergency vehicles, should the need arise.
I am sure if you put your mind to it, you can come up with some other relevant questions. If you think of any, let me know via the form on the 'Your Algarve Best' page (see the link below), and I'll include them here.
Let's all do what we can to make Algarve camping as hazard-free as possible.
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