The beautiful Algarve beaches - Marinha

5 Of The Best Beaches In The Algarve

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop thinking of these awesome places where all your worries seem to magically disappear and you can feel your batteries charging. Golden sand instead of the uncomfortable office chair, seagulls singing instead of hearing that person’s life story in the bus and…actually, can I just move my winter residence somewhere on a warm and sunny beach? No? Mean.

Portugal has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe and the Algarve region is famous for its breathtaking scenery, but no photos on the internet have prepared me for what it was like to experience it on my own. I would like to show you the five beaches I’ve loved the most, the ones that I picture when I close my eyes and think of the trip.

5. Senhora da Rocha

The beautiful Algarve beaches - Senhora da Rocha

This was the first beach I’ve seen because it was the closest to the apartment we’ve rented and it was a charming one, surrounded by cliffs. On the top, there is the small chapel of Nossa Senhora da Rocha and you can enjoy stunning views, especially if you go there at sunset. There is also a restaurant nearby and the menu looked good. On the first night there was even a band setting up a stage outside.

4. SΓ£o Rafael

The beautiful Algarve beaches - Sao Rafael

We have discovered it somewhat by accident, after having a rather disappointing morning. We were going to visit another famous beach but we couldn’t find it, then we spent a few hours in Albufeira, which I didn’t really like, it was too crowded and felt like a tourist trap. So when we arrived on the Sao Rafael beach, we didn’t want to leave. It’s close to the airport in Faro and even closer to Albufeira so when you go, let me know if that noisy and hungry seagull is still there. πŸ˜‰

3. Dona Ana

The beautiful Algarve beaches - Donna Anna

I admit, I haven’t done much research when planning which beaches to see, but the one that I knew I couldn’t miss was the famous Dona Ana beach. It’s located 20 minutes from the center of Lagos and before you walk down the wooden staircase, stop at the viewpoint above and admire all the stunning rock formations. We would’ve stayed longer, if the sun hadn’t decided to go behind the cliff.

2. Marinha

The beautiful Algarve beaches - Marinha

I admit, I didn’t know about this beach, but when the tour guide on the boat trip took us there, I knew I had to lay on its sand too. Β “Here we can imagine an elephant drinking water”, our guide said. It’s close to Benagil, the place where you can take a boat and visit the gorgeous nearby caves (more on this later). The beach is gorgeous as it is, but if you dare going through a very small space between the rocks (with a DSLR camera even, damn!), you can reach a hidden idyllic beach that will make you want to stay there forever. Just be careful if you climb the rocks, they are quite sharp. You’d think this should be common knowledge, wouldn’t you? Well my bare feet didn’t enjoy it.

1. Beliche

The beautiful Algarve beaches - Beliche

The night before visiting the southwesternmost point in Europe, I searched online for hidden beaches close to it. While there were many good options, I chose the Beliche beach and I didn’t regret it. Well, maybe I did for like a minute, as I walked down so.many.stairs. But the beach was beautiful and it’s perfect for both parents with kids and surfers. There is a place on the beach selling snacks and refreshments, we had an ice cream while watching the surfers trying to catch some waves and some kids learning to surf, before jumping in the water ourselves.

You can view all these photos and a few others on my Facebook page.

Have you visited the Algarve region? Be honest, wouldn’t you want to be on a beach right now? πŸ˜‰

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  • Wow – these beaches look awesome πŸ™‚ Dona Ana is probably our fav πŸ™‚

    • Not that we have been to any of them… purely from the photos (we mean).

    • I think it’s the most famous one on this list, it was pretty great! πŸ™‚

  • Yes, I do want to be on the beach right now. This snow/fog mess in Moscow is really cramping my style.

    • Oh my god, snow already? I hope that doesn’t mean we’ll have cold weather in the near future! πŸ™

  • I haven’t been to Portugal yet but when i do these beaches are definitely on my list of places I HAVE to visit. Thanks for sharing!

    • I hope you will visit Portugal soon, it’s a wonderful country. Thank you for commenting! πŸ™‚

  • If only I could jump into your photos. Those beaches look super inviting and beautiful and a whole lot of other good stuff. Nice one again, Vlad πŸ˜‰

    • Believe me, I wanted to do the same thing while choosing which pictures to upload (because I have a million of them!). Thanks πŸ˜‰

  • These beaches look amazing! I almost want to leave right now to go explore each of them!

    • Every time I look at the photos I get a bad case of wanderlust, haha. Thank you for commenting! πŸ™‚

  • Your photos look so inviting. I wish I could be there to take some photos. More than the beaches themselves I like the abrupt reddish cliffs and rock formations that enclose the beaches so beautifully. They remind me a lot about California’s Pacific Coast.

    • The cliffs are what make the beaches special and some of them even have some purple overtones. California’s Pacific Coast is on my bucket list, I would love to see it one day. Thank you for the comment, Anda! πŸ™‚

  • I tend to be really critical of beaches overseas because I basically was raised on one. Sand looks sandy enough and the water sparkles. I think I’m sold. πŸ™‚ Good pics!

    • I wasn’t a beach person growing up, it was when I started traveling that I discovered it’s the beaches in my home country that I don’t like, haha. Thank you!

  • This make me want to visit all of them! Right noW! πŸ™‚

    • Last time I heard, Portugal was having some really nice weather. πŸ˜‰

  • Haven’t made it to Portugal yet, but it’s higher on my list after these photos!

    • Thank you. I hope you can visit Portugal soon πŸ™‚

  • Oh man, I wish I could show you my photos of Carvoeiro! Sadly they are all printed and packed up in storage in the States, but man… beautiful. This is so nice to look while in -2C / snowy Moscow…

    • It snowed here this weekend for the first time this season. We barely had any snow last year and now it snows in October, so not cool! I wish I could be back on a beach too….

      • That is INSANE! I mean, Moscow, ok, but Romania?

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  • Alexandra Dumitru

    Imi facusem planul ca la anul sa merg la mare in Spania, sau sa combin Spania cu Portugalia. Dupa ce am vazut pozele tale cu plajele din Portugalia, ghici unde vreau sa merg acum? In Portugalia:)))!! Greu de ales…

    • E superba Portugalia, ma bucur cand aud ca reusesc sa conving oameni sa mearga πŸ˜€ In Spania nu am vazut decat plajele din Barcelona si Costa Blanca (la sud de Valencia), dar cele din Portugalia sunt mult, mult mai frumoase πŸ˜€

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  • Serendipity Tess

    Number one is where I always wanted to get married πŸ˜‰ Thanks for including the Algarve which has been like a second home for me πŸ™‚

    • I can see why you wanted to get married there, it’s such a romantic destination! πŸ™‚

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