The 10 most beautiful beaches in the Algarve

Updated: Mar 17

The Algarve is known for its stunning beaches with dramatic golden cliffs and bright turquoise water. If you're a beach lover like me, you'll love this piece of paradise. I'm well on my way exploring all beaches in this region so I've made a top 10 of must-visit beaches for you!


*All beach locations including Google maps links, are listed on the bottom of the page. 📍


Now it's time to kick back, dream away about your upcoming trip and check out the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve!


1. Praia dos Três Castelos.

Top 10: The most beautiful beaches in the Algarve
Praia dos Três Castelos, Algar Seco, Carvoeiro

My number 1 most beautiful beach in the Algarve! You will guaranteed have this beach to yourself. Why? Well haha… first of all it’s a little hard to find. Someone really has to point it out on a map (check out the bottom of the page😉) and you can't park your car anywhere near… but most of all, it’s only accessible by a long wooden (must admit, little bit scary and sketchy) ladder down the cliff. 🤭 It's the perfect beach to have as a destination for a cliff hike near Carvoeiro.

Beach accessibility

Very difficult

Beach bars and restaurants

None

Crowds

Also none 😉

 

2. Praia dos Três Irmãos

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Praia dos Tres Irmaos

If you love golden cliffs and sea caves this is your next memory! This beach is not too crowded and has amazing views. Definitely worth checking out is the Canico cafe that is situated in the rocky cliff. Because this beautiful beach is sheltered from the wind, it's the one of my favorite beaches to hang out in moths like April or November when temperatures are milder.

Beach accessibility

Medium difficult

Beach bars and restaurants

Crowds

Not too many people especially in low and mid season

 

3. Praia do Amado

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Praia do Amado, west coast

This is such a special place! This beautiful beach is located on the west coast of the Algarve where nature is wild and unspoiled. Down at the beach you'll find two cafes, a few surf schools and nothing else! Watch the surfers catching waves with the most beautiful sunset you've ever seen whilst enjoying a beer at the main bar. A true piece of surfers paradise!

Beach accessibility

Easy

Beach bars and restaurants

2 small bars

Crowds

No big crowns especially in low and mid season

 

4. Praia da Marinha

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Praia da Marhina, Caramujeira

Praia da Marhinha is one of my favorite beaches. It’s also one of the most iconic beaches of Portugal and is located on the Atlantic coast in the town of Caramujeira. It's considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe and as one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world. 😍 I totally agree! This is a must-see when staying in the Algarve.

Beach accessibility

Easy but quiet a walk down the cliff

Beach bars and restaurants

One small restaurant

Crowds

Can be very crowded especially in high season.

 

5. Praia do Carvoeiro

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Praia do Carvoeiro

Praia do Carvoeiro is the main beach in the town of (obviously 😉) Carvoeiro. With many restaurants and bars near the beach, this place is perfect for a beach day and just hanging out, enjoying a drink and some shopping. The white washed houses and cute little bay with its beautiful cliffs, create the typical Algarve picture.

Beach accessibility

Very easy

Beach bars and restaurants

Crowds

Can be very crowded in high season.

 

6. Ponta da Piedade

Actually not a real beach. 🙃

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Ponta da Piedade, Lagos

Right outside of Lagos you will find a (not so secret anymore) viewing point. Ponta the Piedade is one of the most famous viewing points around and that is for a good reason. It's beautiful with its natural bridges, sea caves and limestone rock formations. To avoid crowds visit around sunrise or at the end of the day preferably off season.

Beach accessibility

Easy but many steps down the cliff

Beach bars and restaurants

None

Crowds

Can be very crowded in high season.

 

7. Benagil cave and beach

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Benagil Cave

Another iconic beach on the list and for a good reason. This place has been in the spotlight a lot and can be crowded in high season, however crowds can be easily avoided. Just beat the crowds by visiting at breakfast time or choose the shoulder season for your holidays. The tiny fisherman's town of Benagil looks idyllic with its white washed houses on the cliff. It has a beautiful sandy beach where you can watch all the fishing boats leave early in the morning. Adding to the typical Portugese atmosphere, Benagil beach is most famous for its iconic cave. Take a swim or a sup to these amazing caves and have a look for yourself! ♥


*Always make sure you have professional advise on tides and currents when swimming or supping into the caves.

Beach accessibility

Difficult

Beach bars and restaurants

A few options. Definitely check out Casa Velha Do Pescador.

Crowds

Can be very crowded in high season

 

8. Praia do Beliche, Sagres

My top 10 favorite beaches in the Algarve.
Praia do Beliche, Sagres

Protected from the winds and the powerful Atlantic ocean, Beliche (Sagres) beach is one of my all time favorites. Sublime cliffs, no big crowds and clear blue water make this beach ideal to spend an amazing day of chilling and surfing. There is a little typical Portuguese beach bar on the beach and Terra Restaurant is located just on top off the stairs. A great place to go for avocado toast and good coffees.

Beach accessibility

Easy but many steps down the cliff

Beach bars and restaurants

Crowds

Not crowded

 

9. Praia da Arrifana

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Praia da Arrifana, Aljezur

The sand on Praia da Arrifana is of pale golden fine sand and is about 500 meters long. The beach is backed by tall dark colored cliffs which provide the beach some protection from the of the Atlantic Ocean and wind. There is a cute beach bar at the bottom of the long winding road down the cliffs where you can enjoy a nice coffee or even better, glass of wine watching one of the most beautiful sunsets ever! A must see on your Algarve trip!

Beach accessibility

Easy but a long walk down the windy road down the cliff

Beach bars and restaurants

There is a cute restaurant down at the beach

Crowds

Never too crowded

 

10. Praia do Paraiso

Top 10 most beautiful beaches in the algarve
Praia do Paraiso, Carvoeiro

Next to the main beach of the lovely town of Carvoeiro, you'll find an equally beautiful and more quiet beach with bright blue waters and large golden cliffs. The long white stairs down to the beach creates a unique picture from above. There are no facilities here so you will have to bring your own towel and drinks to enjoy this beautiful little beach.

Beach accessibility

Easy but many steps downs the cliff

Beach bars and restaurants

None

Crowds

Never too crowded

 

Locations

There are so many beautiful beaches in the Algarve it's hard to choose the most beautiful one. Hopefully you'll get to explore are few of them! If you discover a beach that you think should be on this list, don't hesitate to contact me!


Down below I've listed all the locations (including Google maps links) for you!

1. Praia dos Três Castelos

📍 You'll find this beach close to Carvoeiro.

Check out the beach location here.

2. Praia dos Três Irmãos

📍 You'll find this beach close to Alvor.

Check out the beach location here.

3. Praia do Amado

📍 The closest town to this beach is Bordeira.

Check out the beach location here.

4. Praia da Marinha

📍 You'll find this beach close to Caramujeira.

Check out the beach location here.

5. Praia do Carvoeiro

📍 You'll find this beach in the towns centre of Carvoeiro.

Check out the beach location here.

6. Ponta da Piedade

📍 You'll find this place a little west from Lagos.

Check out the beach location here.

​7. Benagil cave and beach

📍 You'll find this beach in the town of Benagil.

Check out the beach location here.

8. Praia do Beliche, Sagres

📍You'll find this beach close to Sagres.

Check out the beach location here.

9. Praia da Arrifana

📍You'll find this beach close to Aljezur.

Check out the beach location here.

10. Praia do Paraiso

📍You'll find this beach close to Carvoeiro.

Check out the beach location here.

Trying to figure out in which beach town you want to spend your holiday? Check out my blogpost about the most beautiful beach towns in the Algarve.


the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve
Praia de Vale Covo, Algarve

Tips!

Have you discover a beach that you think should be on the list of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve? Don't hesitate to contact me by email or send a DM on Instagram!