Annie's picks: my top 10 favorite beaches in the Algarve.

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


1. Praia dos Três Castelos.

Top 10: The most beautiful beaches in the Algarve
Praia dos Três Castelos

You will always 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 for you and you can't park your car anywhere near… but most of all, it’s only accessible by a long wooden (little bit scary and sketchy) ladder down the cliff. 🤭 It's the perfect beach to have as a destination for a cliff hike in the Algar Seco.


2. Praia do Paraiso

Top 10: The most beautiful beaches in the Algarve
Praia do Paraiso

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


3. Praia do Amado

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Praia do Amado

Such a special place! The nature here is wild and unspoiled. Here 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 in the background whilst enjoying a beer at the main bar.


4. Praia do Carvoeiro

Top 10: The most beautiful beaches in the Algarve
Praia do Carvoeiro

Praia do Carvoeiro is the main beach of the town. 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.


5. Ponta da Piedade

Actually not a real beach. 🙃

Top 10: The most beautiful beaches in the Algarve
Ponta da Piedade

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 reason. It's beautiful with its natural bridges, sea caves and limestone rock formations.


6. Praia da Marinha

Top 10: The most beautiful beaches in the Algarve
Praia da Marhina

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


7. Benagil cave and beach

Top 10: The most beautiful beaches in the Algarve
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.


8. Praia do Beliche, Sagres

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

Protected from the winds and the powerful Atlantic ocean, Beliche 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.


9. Praia da Arrifana

Top 10: the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve
Praia da Arrifana

The sand on Praia da Arrifana is of pale golden fine sand and is about 500 meters long. The beach is backed by tall cliffs which afford the beach some protection from the of the Atlantic Ocean. There is a cute beach bar at the bottom of the long windy 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!


10. Praia dos Três Irmãos

My top 10 favorite beaches in the Algarve.
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. Sheltered from the wind this is also one of my favorite beaches to come in April or October for some bikini chilling and downtime.


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.