Planning your trip and wondering what the best Portugal Beaches are to make sure they are on your itinerary? Here is a list, with photos, of the 12 I consider the most scenic. This should help you decide if those best beaches in Portugal make the cut for you. Ready for some wanderlust?
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Video - Beaches in Portugal
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Selection of Best Portugal Beaches
Below you will find, with photos, my selection of the Best Portugal beaches. But first some notes:
- When I write best, I mean most scenic
- Most are West Algarve Beaches as it is a stunning coast, but some are from other regions - this list does not include the River beaches.
- Some people might be shocked not to find beaches like Rocha, Cascais or Tavira island but I think that flat boring sand beaches surrounded or not by buildings are not that scenic. This list is not for doing the pancake on the sand but to admire the beauty of Portugal
- The first 4 are, to my opinion, the absolute best Portugal Beaches, the others could be moved around in my rankings.
1. Falesia Beach
About Praia da Falesia
My absolute favorite Portugal beach is Praia da Falesia Beach.
It is an 7km long stretch of sand with high cliffs of various colors, from red to white.
Also, there is a great viewpoint to admire the whole Falesia Beach, where this photo was taken. What do you think? This cliff definitely makes it one of the most unique beaches in Portugal.
Where is Falesia Beach
In the Algarve Region, between Faro and Albufeira.
Want more? Many photos and a video in the article dedicated to Falesia Beach Portugal.
2. Tres Irmaos Beach
About Praia dos Tres Irmaos
Praia dos Tres Irmaos is at the eastern tip of the Alvor sands. There you can explore and get to the bays nearby where you can find amazing formations including the famous double arche on the photo above. It is quite fun exploring them, especially at high tide when you have to play with the waves to get through.
Where is Tres Irmaos
It is one of the most famous Algarve beaches and located just West of Portimao.
3. Marinha Beach
About Praia da Marinha
Marinha Beach is often ranked number 1 in many lists about the Best Portugal beaches. Some guides even consider it one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
It is famous for its stunning cliffs and the colors of the water (which is very clear).
Better seen at low tide to explore the coves and rock pools. Or to be admire from one of the Boat Trips to the Algarve Caves
Where is Marinha Beach
In the Algarve region, mid-way between Portimao and Albufeira, West of the famous Benagil Cave.
4. Magoito Beach
About Praia do Magoito
Another imposing cliff for my choice of #4 Best Portugal Beach. Turquoise color, Golden Sand and an epic cliff leading the eye to the South and Cabo da Roca.
Also, from the parking, you get this awesome perspective!
Where is Magoito Beach
On the West Coast of Portugal, Magoito beach is located in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, West of Lisbon.
5. Camilo Beach
About Praia do Camilo
Camilo is a series of small coves with amazing rock formations. The huge staircase is definitively worth it, but you can also admire from the top fo the cliffs.
Even without the blue skye and the sunbeams reflecting the turquoise water, you can see in the photo above that there are intricate coves and rocks to explore.
Where is Camilo Beach
Camilo is one of the best Algarve beaches, located just South of Lagos, near the famous Dona Ana (#8)
6. Porto Covo Beaches
About Porto Covo
Porto Covo is actually a town with a series of small beaches with many different names.
Each cove has beautiful dark stones, pools, golden sands and turquoise water. Big waves roll from the ocean. It is so easy to sit on one of the benches and get lost in their beauty for hours.
Where is Porto Covo
Porto Covo is a small town in the Alentejo, on the West Coast of Portugal. If you avoid the Motorway, it is a great place to stop on your way between Lisbon and the Algarve.
7. Odeceixce Beach
About Praia de Odeceixce
I normally don't pick large expanses of Sand but Odeceixce is quite unique. Located at the mouth of the river, it has created a large beach between the ocean and the lagoon/river. And the drive to get there, along the lush valley, is very enjoyable.
However note that it gets very busy in summer with surfers.
Where is Odeceixce Beach
At the limit of the Algarve region, on the West Coast of Portugal, another great stop as you drive from the Algarve to Lisbon.
8. Dona Ana Beach
About Praia da Dona Ana
The beach is surrounded by cliffs with colorful strates and has impressive sea stacks and rocky pools to explore at low tide.
However note that it gets really crowded in Summer and during weekends.
Where is Dona Ana Beach
Dona Ana is the most famous of the Lagos beaches and an icon of the Algarve region. It is just South of the city center.
9. Costa Nova (Aveiro) Beach
About Praia da Costa Nova
Here is a very different type of beach. In the North of the country, lays the city of Aveiro, the 'Venice of Portugal'. Its beach is a long stretch of white sand with sand dunes and walking board providing great views.
It is a beach with a unique atmosphere.
Where is Aveiro Beach
On the West Coast of Portugal, South of Porto and west of Aveiro.
10. Tres Castelos Beach Portugal
About Praia dos Tres Castelos
A long Promenade starts at praia da Rocha and lets you admire the golden sand and high cliffs of Tres Castelos Beach. But take time to walk down in order to realize the size of its cliffs and sea stacks.
Where is Tres Castelos Beach
It is one of the most well-known beaches in Algarve, as it is located in the seaside resort of Portimao.
11. Evaristo Beach
About Praia do Evaristo
Evaristo is quite different from the other beaches in Algarve. It is a great place to admire at high tide as the waves crash on the rocks providing a stunning show from Mother Nature.
Where is Evaristo Beach
West of Albufeira on the Algarve coast.
12. Gale Beach
About Praia da Gale (Lesté)
Gale does not have impressive cliffs like the others, but at its Eastern tip there are some beautiful rocks and small coves to explore. Thanks to its orientation it can be a good place to watch sunset.
Where is Gale Beach
West of Albufeira, not far from Evaristo, in the Algarve region.
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