Annie's picks: my favorite Algarve beach towns.

Updated: Sep 28

So your Algarve trip is coming up. But how do you choose where to stay with all these beautiful places around? Well I've selected my favorite beach towns for you. So kick back, dream away about your upcoming trip and read all about where to go next.

The most beautiful beach towns in the algarve. Portugal
Burgau, Algarve

Burgau

Just a 10 minute drive from Lagos in a small bay you'll find the cute and relaxed beach town of Burgau. It's a small fisherman's town with cobbled streets, whitewashed houses, a large sandy beach and a few cute restaurants. It's a great place to stay for a beach holiday, visit surrounding places like Lagos, Sagres and the old town of Monchique and go supping or surfing with the nearby surf schools.

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Salema

Like Burgau this is also a tiny fisherman's town in a cute bay with clear blue waters. It's ideal for hikes along the beautiful cliffs and to enjoy the local sandy beach. Also perfect to stay if you enjoy some peace and quiet on your holiday. Lagos and Sagres are both easy to reach within 30 minutes by car. You'll find many of the typical western Algarve beaches to visit.

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The most beautiful beach towns in the Algarve, Portugal
Carvoeiro, Algarve

Carvoeiro

A little more east from Burgau and Salema you'll find the still small but definitely larger fisherman's town of Carvoeiro. The town has a beautiful main beach (top photo) but my personal favorite it Praia do Paraiso just a 15 minute walk west form the main beach. The cliffs here are absolutely stunning. Perfect for hiking and visiting one of the many caves with amazing views. You'll definitely find more bars and restaurants in this town. Perfect to stay if you like a beach holiday, do some cave watching, take day trips to surrounding beaches and towns and go supping or surfing with nearby surf schools.

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The most beautiful beach towns in the Algarve
Lagos, Algarve

Lagos

One of the bigger towns in the Algarve. It's famous for the stunning viewing point Ponta de Piedade and its steep wooden steps to the sandy cove of Praia do Camilo. You'll find a beautiful old town with many restaurants, bars, shops surfschools and rentals and boats tours that take you for dolphin and cliff tours. You can go kayaking or supping along the beautiful cliffs or if you're a little less active, hang out at one of the beautiful beaches.

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Sagres

The ultimate surfer town. It's a small town but with relatively many cute bars, restaurants and (surf)shops. It's very low-key and attracts true ocean and nature lovers. The nature here is wild with huge cliffs and the turbulent ocean. You will find the most amazing views on this most south western point of Europe. Not ideal for winter stays as it can be cold, very windy and most restaurants and bars are closed.


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Olhão

This very cute fisherman's (yep again) town has a beautiful historic centre. What most stands out about this town is that it is situated on the Ria Formosa lagoon and to visit one of the beautiful beaches you have to take a small ferry to island in front. The Moorish riverfront and town houses result in a unique African feeling in this Algarve village.

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