After talking about the cute little towns at the Algarve that we explored and the yummy food we ate, as well as some general recommendations in the first part of my travel guide for Portugal I want to share a list of our favorite beaches and some places you need to visit at the Algarve.
There will be a third part where I talk about our two-day trip to Lisbon soon!
Portugals Breathtaking Beaches at the Algarve Coast
The Algarve Coast is truly beautiful and special. High rock cliffs combined with lovely white sand beaches floating into the turquoise ocean.
Praia de Anna and Praia do Camilo
…are both near Lagos and truly beautiful! You can find the known wooden stairs leading to the small bays surrounded by the cliffs. From above you have an awesome view over the ocean, the cliff formations and the beach. Both beaches are pretty small at first sight but expand when you are willing to follow short tunnels through the stones.
Meia Praia, Lagos
Lagos main beach can be recommended as well, even tho it’s „only“ a long sand beach without the typical cliffs. But because of its length, it is not overcrowded at all and you can rent jet skis, stand up paddles and kayaks or do other fun activities there.
Praia de Benagil
This beach is probably the most popular one, although it’s not lovely at all. Way too many people and pebble beach – not what we are looking for. But you have the shortest access to the well known cave hence there are lots of boats, kayaks and paddle boards going in and out of the cave. My dad and my brother swam into the cave which is not a very long way, but the water in Portugal is pretty cold (cause it’s Atlantik water) and took some video clips and pictures there but we didn’t stay at the beach for longer.
Praia da Marinha
Instead, we went to Praia da Marinha located nearby and definitely worth seeing. It is also a bit crowded, but the scenery is just insane! We went to this popular photo spot with the natural stone bridge where you had to climb a bit to get there and you could even jump from one of the big rocks in the water.
Praia de Carvoeiro / Algar Seco
My brother searched for a place to do cliff jumping and found one near Carvoeiro which was called Algar Seco. You walk some stairs from a parking lot to the cliffs where you can jump in the ocean. They constructed stairs into the stone so you can climb back easily and the height was – depending on the changing water level – around 5-7 meter (where I jumped from), 12-15 meter (my brother jumped from here) and around 30 meters (where some boys jumped from). The beach in Carvoeiro wasn’t very special, but still good enough to rest after the cliff jumping :D
Praia da Luz
The closest beach to our house in Espiche (talking about that in part 1 of my travel guide) was in Luz. It is pretty long and when you take the time to walk some meters you can find a more private place in the sand with a beautiful view of Luz.
Praia do Beliche
Last but not least our favorite beach: Praia do Beliche near Sagres and the viewpoint Cabo de São Vicente, the only beach we visited twice on our vacation. It is separated in two parts where only one can be arrived through stairs and the second part is only accessible while ebb tide or when you walk through the water. Therefore the second part was very empty and perfect for taking pictures. Also, the waves were pretty high at this beach and it was a lot of fun playing in them and we even rent a surfboard at this beach to try surfing for the first time (not very successful but still fun :D ).
Amazing viewpoints and places worth going
We haven’t done many sight seeing besides scrolling a bit through some cities and towns at the coast and the two-day city trip to Lison. Besides that, we spend most of our vacation at the beautiful beaches. But there are still two viewpoints I highly recommend you to go to.
Ponta de Piedade
A very popular viewpoint near Lagos at the Algarve and so so beautiful! Sadly we didn’t go there in the morning so the lightning in our pictures isn’t very charming.
Cabo de São Vicente
The lighthouse at the Cup de São Vicente is another lovely photo spot, especially for sunset when the sun kisses the ocean good night…
We went there in the late morning to see the lighthouse and explore the area, spend the rest of the day at the Praia do Beliche nearby and came back for sunset after dinner to take some of my favorite pictures from that trip. Sunset at the sea is just magical!
More blog posts about Portugal: - Part one of my travel guide with tips & recommendations for your trip and our favorite towns and where & what to eat
That’s it for my second part of my Portugal Travel series and there will be a third one about our two days in Lisbon next week!