Praia dos Tres Irmaos is one of the most famous beaches in Algarve, Portugal. Located at the East end of the long sandy stretch of Praia do Alvor, it is home to pinnacles, coves and rock formations such as the double arch at the end of Prainha Beach. Discover in photos and video one of the most beautiful sites in Portugal.
This article contains affiliate Links (info on the Disclosure page). If you purchase using my link, I get a commission at no extra cost to you.
Why visit the beach Praia dos Tres Irmaos?
Tres Irmaos beach has all you could want:
- A long and large sandy part with waves crashing on pinnacles
- A series of coves to explore
- A "secret" beach called Prainha (meaning Little Beach) with an amazing double arch rock feature!
This is why it was #2 on my list of the Best Beaches in Portugal.
Video of my exploration
Below is a short video to give you an idea of what your visit could look like.
PLANNING TIPS - Tres Irmaos Algarve Portugal
How to get to Praia dos Tres Irmaos Beach
- Near the fishing village of Alvor
- At the East end of Praia do Alvor, near Prainha
- West of Portimao and Praia da Rocha
- 15min drive from Portimao
- Easy access
This location with its GPS coordinates and planning info is included my the eBooks:
Visiting Praia dos Tres Irmaos Algarve
- Many restaurants
- Good swimming area
- Large sandy area or protected cove
- Facing South
- Better between low and mid tide, unless you want to photograph the waves crashing on the sea stacks
Where to stay?
The main town close to Praia dos Tres Irmaos is Portimao. It is a good location to visit the Algarve.
Arriving at Tres Irmaos Beach
As you arrive at Praia dos Tres Irmaos you discover a long stretch of sand. There is actually no clear break with the neighboring beach: Praia do Alvor.
So, you can walk on the sand on Praia dos Tres Irmaos and Praia do Alvor for 7 km!
Head east. One part has boards, but then you have to walk on the sand.
Praia dos Tres Irmaos Alvor Algarve Portugal
The East end of this stretch of sand, compared to the rest, has beautiful yellow cliffs and pinnacles.
The name means Beach of the "Three Brothers", because of the 3 sea stacks you can see below.
Reaching the coves
Now the best part of Tres Irmaos is to actually go and explore the coves and Prainha Beach.
So, you walk towards the cliffs...
... and you access a small first cove with a restaurant...
...And then there is a narrow canyon to reach the little beach.
Don't wear shoes past mid tide! The waters get high!
Prainha Beach at Tres Irmaos
After a few minutes you reach Prainha Beach. It really feels like another place. It is sheltered with high cliffs all around. Past mid Tide, the water gets quite high, so be careful!
Note: even though access is limited, Prainha has its own restaurant!
The Famous Double Arch
And if you walk all the way to the end of Prainha beach, you finally reach what you came for (if you are a photographer and not a swimmer...): The stunning double arch of Tres Irmaos Beach.
On the picture below, with the people going through to the next cove, you can see the size of the arches.
But erosion is continuing its work...
Want to see more of PORTUGAL?
Stunning rock formation, don't you think?
YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: