Praia de Albandeira, in Algarve Portugal, is a beach worth discovering at high tide when the waves crash and swirl in the cove. Below is my guide to help you plan your visit to Albandeira Beach.
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Why visit Albandeira Beach in Algarve?
Praia de Albandeira is a small cove cut in two by rock formations creating 2 distinct beaches at high tide.
If you want to sun bath, head there are low tide. But if like me, you prefer action and scenic beauty, I recommend a visit at high tide when the waves crash on the rock formations!
Let's start with a short video showing you the beauty of the crashing waves on Praia de Albandeira and its neighbor Praia da Estaquinha and the sea carved arch: Arco de Albandeira.
More photos after the planning tips.
PLANNING TIPS - Praia de Albandeira Algarve Portugal
How to get to Praia de Albandeira Algarve
- On the Algarve Coast - check out my article about the best things to do in the Algarve
- Between Portimao and Albufeira
- Portimao to Albandeira =30min
- Albufeira to Albandeira = 30min
- Not far from praia da Marinha Beach and Benagil Beach - on the map below, it is 10min East of the famous Benagil cave
- Access to Praia da Albandeira - Last 2km are single track road with passing places and last 200m are gravel road
This location with its GPS coordinates and planning info is included in the eBooks:
Visiting Albandeira Beach Algarve
- Large Parking
- Easy access to the beach from the parking
- Restaurant on the beach
- Not good for sunbathing at high tide as the sandy area disappears but better for photography
- No lifeguards in winter and swirling waves
- Not touristy but small so it gets crowded too
- Check out the best rated accommodations in the area
Access to Albandeira Beach Algarve
Access from the parking is easy with a man made path and stairs
Below is the left side with the largest sandy area. You have to be careful as the waves can be very powerful and come up quite fast!
This is the smaller cove on the other side of the rock formation:
This is not the best beach for sunbathing. Even at low tide, the sandy area is not that big compared to other Algarve beaches.
However if you love beautiful cliffs this is your place. And if you can, visit Praia de Albandeira beach at high tide to admire the waves crashing on the rock formations in the middle and exploding in the air.
The water also create beautiful swirls in the coves over the sand;
Quite a happy place for photographers 🙂 (especially with the arch, see later in the article)
Albandeira Beach Algarve - View from the Left cliff
OK, so you can't have a long walk on the beach... But you can explore the surrounding cliffs. Access is easy just be careful not to stay too close to the edge !
below are the views from the East side of the Beach. You can see the parking, the restaurant and the stairs going down to the beach.
Albandeira Beach Algarve - View from the right cliff
But the best is to walk on the West side of the beach. You first get beautiful views of the middle rocks and the coves.
See how the sea is creating a cave?
It is so relaxing to watch the waves crash on the rocks and the water spread all over:
Praia da Estaquinha
And from the same cliff as above, just turn around and look at the next area carved by the sea.
Just West of Praia da Albandeira is another small cove called Praia da Estaquinha. Do not miss walking on the cliff between them to discover the beautiful sea carved arch, Arco de Albandeira :
Like Praia de Albendiera Beach, Praia da Estaquinha disappears at high tide as the waves go crashing against the cliffs:
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