The Algarve is renowned throughout Europe for its stunning beaches, from soft sand, ample facilities and a vibrant atmosphere to more secluded beaches with caves, rock pools and beautiful scenery, the Algarve has something for everybody.
Where possible we provide information to each beaches popularity, the water sports on offer, and the proximity of toilet facilities, car parking, shops and restaurants so that you can decide on its suitability for your group.
The majority of beaches are easily accessible by car from the main N125 road. In the summer, August in particular, almost nowhere is quiet, whilst in off-peak months the crowds fade away. Around the beginning and end of season, some of the restaurants and facilities in the area will also close.
Please also take note of the Portuguese flag system: a red flag means bathing is forbidden altogether, a yellow flag indicates that swimming is forbidden but sunbathing is safe, a green flag means that swimming and sunbathing are safe.