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Top Beaches on the Algarve

Top Beaches on the Algarve

Nestled on the sun-soaked southern shores of Portugal, the Algarve is a haven of hidden coves, beachside bars, and exciting water sports. Around Albufeira, Aljezur, Portimao, and Lagos, here are a few of the top beaches on the Algarve for sun-seekers and adventure-lovers alike.

Praia da Marinha (Marinha Beach)

Tucked in between Armacao de Pera and Carvoeiro, Praia da Marinha is widely considered among the best beaches in Europe. Rocky outcrops soar skyward from the emerald-blue waters and soft sands stretch along the base of the rugged cliffs. The clear and calm waters of Marinha Beach make it an ideal snorkeling spot.

Praia Dona Ana (Dona Ana Beach)

Located near Lagos, Praia Dona Ana surely ranks among the prettiest in Portugal. It’s surrounded by colorful cliffs, with calm waters and golden sands—an ideal spot for families to relax in the sunshine. Good hiking routes can also be found along the cliff tops, with spectacular coastal views.

Meia Praia

Meia Praia is the Lagos region’s largest beach—yet despite its size, it retains a relaxed charm all of its own. Grassy banks give way to soft sand, and the gently shelving shoreline is ideal for swimming in safety. Even in the height of the Algarve tourist season, you’ll still find a spot on the sand to call your own here.

Praia Batata (Batata Beach)

Tucked beneath the mighty stone walls of 17th-century Bandeira Fort, Praia Batata sits within easy walking distance of Lagos. Batata is great for kayaking because there are no strong currents, though the water is not as clear as it is farther along the coast.

Praia do Camilo (Camilo Beach)

Access Praia do Camilo via a sweeping set of steps that lead down the cliff face—and although it’s a long walk, the views make it more than worthwhile. At Praia do Camilo you can explore two beaches in one, because a tunnel in the rock links two stretches of sand. With crystal-clear waters and plenty of marine life, it’s a popular swimming and snorkeling spot—and as such, it gets crowded in peak season.

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Caves and Coastline Cruise from Albufeira to Benagil
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Caves and Coastline Cruise from Albufeira to Benagil

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Take the scenic route between Albufeira to Benagil on this group catamaran cruise. Admire the dramatic coastal cliffs; hop off to explore the sea caves, including the Algar de Benagil; and dive in to cool off with a swim.
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Half-Day Lagos Golden Coast Cruise with Lunch
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Half-Day Lagos Golden Coast Cruise with Lunch

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Marvel at the dramatic sea cliffs, gold-sand beaches, and rocky coves of Portugal’s Algarve coast on this half-day small-group catamaran cruise from Lagos. Sail past landmarks such as the Camilo Beach and the black rock of Praia da Luz; enjoy swimming, kayaking, or paddleboarding; and tuck into a delicious lunch on-board.
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Dolphin Watching and Cave Boat Cruise from Albufeira
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Dolphin Watching and Cave Boat Cruise from Albufeira

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Discover the wild dolphins and surreal rock formations of The Algarve on a boat tour from Albufeira. Using advanced marine technology, your captain takes you to spots renowned for harboring pods of wild dolphins. If no dolphins are spotted, you have the chance to rebook your tour free of charge. See, too, sandstone caves, secluded beaches, and interesting rock formation on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
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Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira
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Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira

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Admire the beauty of the Algarve coastline as you discover Portugal’s caves and dolphins during this cruise from Albufeira. Aboard your sleek boat, bask in the sapphire blue waters of the Atlantic and maneuver to the Beach of Carvoeiro to uncover the stunning rock caverns. During your cruise, dip into the Atlantic for a bit and enjoy a chance to see friendly dolphins.
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Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao

Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao

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Go inside a magical world on this guided Benagil Caves tour from Portimao. This tour travels by small boat into intriguing sea caves where you will discover ornate natural rock formations. In the Benagil Caves, admire some of the globe’s most unique beaches which will leave you breathless.
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Albufeira Dreamer Boat Trip
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Albufeira Dreamer Boat Trip

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Explore the Algarve coastline on high-speed boat adventure and dolphin watching tour from Albufeira. Look for the dolphins that thrive along the coast as the captain steers the agile boat into caves and past rock formations, then hold on tight through spins, slides, and power breaks. A marine biologist is on board throughout the cruise to help spot dolphins and share interesting facts about the fascinating animals.
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Ria Formosa Natural Park and Islands Boat Cruise from Faro

Ria Formosa Natural Park and Islands Boat Cruise from Faro

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Sail through the Ria Formosa Natural Park and visit islands. Join us in a sightseeing cruise from Faro, up to 12 people. Journey through the Ria Formosa channels on a comfortable catamaran and make stops at the islands of Farol and Deserta. The tour is operated by a multilingual guide. From April to October, the morning tour lasts for 4 hours and includes break for lunch on a restaurant on Farol island. The price of the lunch is not included. The afternoon tour is 3,5 hours. There are breaks for swimming. From November to March, the tour lasts for 3 hours.
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Kayak Trip in Lagos
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Kayak Trip in Lagos

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Venture along the Atlantic coast in the beautiful Algarve region on this 3-hour guided kayak trip in Lagos. Discover one of the region’s most exciting coastal activities as you stroke along and see unparalleled views of ancient grottoes and caves. Kayak to these marvels for an up-close and personal experience and see why the Algarve region is so popular for weekend travelers around the globe.
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Tour to go inside the Ponta da Piedade Caves/Grottos and see the beaches - Lagos
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Tour to go inside the Ponta da Piedade Caves/Grottos and see the beaches - Lagos

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Ponta de Piedade is known for its beautiful rock formations, caves, and grottoes along the Atlantic coast. Tuck into even the smallest corners of Ponta de Piedade on this tour, which uses specialty boats designed and built in Portugal for navigating the ins-and-outs of this particular landscape. This small-group tour is limited to 10 people or fewer for an enriched sightseeing experience.
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Kayak Adventure to go inside Ponta da Piedade Caves/Grottos and see the Beaches
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Kayak Adventure to go inside Ponta da Piedade Caves/Grottos and see the Beaches

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If you’re bored of lying on Lagos’ beautiful beaches, then get your adventure fix on a 2-hour kayak tour of Ponta da Piedade from Lagos Marina. In a small group limited to 15, you’ll explore the caves, cliffs, and grottoes of The Algarve coastline and enjoy time to swim or relax on a nearby beach. Choose from five different departure times to suit your schedule.
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2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches

2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches

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The dramatic landscapes of the Western Algarve are best explored from the water, but you don’t have to take a boat cruise. This kayaking excursion means you can explore the scenery up close, paddling around the Ponta da Piedade caves and the Meia Praia, Canavial, and Camilo beaches.
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Full-Day Algarve Private Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão

Full-Day Algarve Private Tour by Convertible Cabrio from Portimão

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Roam the incredible countryside of the Algarve region on this full-day tour in a classic VW Cabrio from Praia da Rocha. This guided expedition takes you to a bounty of stunning sights, including river springs, mountains and natural parks. You will voyage in your stylish Cabrio to top attractions in the Algarve including Lagos, Praia da Rocha, Ponta da Piedade, Alvor and the breathtaking coastline. Special note: Fuel surcharges, incurred taxes and all service fees are not included. Please see inclusions for details.
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Half-Day Algarve Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira with Beach BBQ Lunch

Half-Day Algarve Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira with Beach BBQ Lunch

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Explore the beaches, caves, and coves of Portugal’s Algarve coast on this 5-hour cruise from Albufeira. Dive in to swim, snorkel or paddleboard; spot dolphins swimming and playing in their natural environment; and tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch on a secluded beach.
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