Praia da Marinha: The icon of Portuguese beaches
One of the most iconic and photographed beaches is located in the Algarve, near Lagos. The 200-meter-long sandy beauty is surrounded by beige-orange limestone rocks, which are quite typical for this area. There is free parking near the beach, so it is necessary to expect a larger influx of tourists during the main tourist season.
Praia de Benagil
Praia de Benagil Beach is also surrounded on all sides by sandstone formations. There would be nothing extra special about this in the Algarve region if the saltwater did not excavate various tunnels and caves. These are easily accessible on foot or by boat at low tide. Even here, however, it is necessary to count on a larger influx of tourists who want a perfect photo.
Praia da Dona Ana
Another Portuguese beauty called Praia Dona Ana can be found about two kilometres from Lagos – a major fishing port, which surrounds a picturesque town with narrow streets where getting lost is no problem at all. The beach is surrounded by yellow limestone and several restaurants serving mostly fresh fish and seafood.
Praia da Falesia
Or rather from a survey. For several years now, Praia da Falesia has been ranked at the forefront of the Tripadvisor portal, where it is regularly ranked high on tourists by tourists and travellers from all over the world. The beach is located in the heart of the Algarve, about 35 kilometres west of Faro International Airport. Again, there are iconic golden-red rocks around it, which give it an exotic touch. The beach is designed especially for those who want to have fun from morning to night. There are several bars, restaurants and pubs in the area.
Praia do Camillo
The beach is part of the popular resort of Lagos, which is about 90 kilometres from the airport in Faro. The beach, which will probably not amaze you with its size, is washed by the turquoise sea, in which rocky outcrops lookout. You can reach the beach by climbing several dozen steps. But it is definitely worth it because the beach offers amazing privacy and undisturbed rest.
Praia da Ursa: at the end of the world
Just north of the westernmost point of the continent (Cape Cabo de Roca) is a beauty called Praia da Ursa, to which an unmarked turn from the coastal red hiking trail leads. At first glance, you will be attracted by the local rock formations protruding from the sea. Unlike other beaches (such as those in the Algarve), the cliffs are not red-yellow, but whitish, making them a favourite destination for photographers.
Praia dos Pescadores: Holder of the Blue Flag award
The Blue Flag is an international eco-label, which is awarded annually on the basis of a number of strict criteria relating to water quality, environmental protection, safety and other services. Praia dos Pescadores, located in the popular resort of Albufeira in southern Portugal, also earned the award. Because the beach is really large, locals and tourists like to go there. Therefore, expect higher occupancy here during the season.
The nearest airport to all beaches mentioned above is Faro Algarve Airport. Direct flights from the UK to Faro depart from London Stansted, Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow (BA), Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Newquay, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. From Ireland than from Knock, Dublin and Cork.