a small selection of some our favorite beaches….
- Praia do Manuel Lourenço
This area of sand is smaller than the beaches to the west, but it is a very diversified area because of the many recesses and shelters provided by its sinuous and jagged rock formations. The shapes formed by these rocks are quite unusual, especially to the west, originating from the corrosion and wear and tear that they have suffered over the years. Snorkeling is also recommended amongst the submerged rocks. There is a tarmac road signposted to the beach from the road between Guia and Galé. There is a fairly large and organised car park 100 meters from the beach and the restaurant.
- Praia do Barranco das Belharucas
Located between the small village of Olhos d’Agua and the Sheraton Hotel, this is the beach you will only find if someone tells you about it. Carefully drive down the valley and you will be rewarded with a view of a small headland to the west and limestone cliffs to the east. Parking here can be tricky, especially in the high season. You can also park your car at the top of the small ravine and walk down, admiring the many species of birds, including bee-eaters, along the way.
- Praia da Falésia
This beach is extremely vast and stretches eastwards for over more than three kilometres, backed by the continuous line of high cliffs with the typical colours of this region, either deep ochre or brilliant white. You reach this beach taking the tarmac road through Aldeia das Açoteias. There is a fairly large parking area at the western end and a smaller parking area 250 meters from the beach at the eastern end.
- Praia do Almargem (Cavalo Preto)
The typical red cliffs of this stretch of the coastline are interrupted to accommodate the final stretch of the Ribeira do Almargem, which does not always manage to pass beyond the bar of sand and flow freely to the see, so that it floods the surrounding land and created a peaceful sheet of water that is very inviting for water birds. The wetland vegetation of reeds and rushes mixes with the European beachgrass of the incipient sand dunes. The beach is very quiet and peaceful in comparison with the neighbouring beaches of Quarteira.
- Praia do Farol (Ilha do Farol)
From Faro, catch the boat out to Ilha de Farol for a wonderfully relaxed day out. The boat ride takes about 30 minutes and offers an impression of the Ria Formosa nature reserve. Upon arrival at the dock you can opt to either install yourself on a towel on the river-side of the island or cross it, in between the quaint, small houses and set up camp on the seaside. A great place for some clams for lunch is the restaurant run by the resident’s association. It is possible to go diving and surfing on the island.
- Praia do Barril
If you have small children this beach is great fun because there is a small train travelling to the beach from Pedras D’el Rei. The beach itself features a former tuna factory that has been turned into a restaurant. The many anchors on the beach itself offer great material for stunning photographs. The adjacent Praia do Homem Nu is officially a nudist beach.
- Praia de Odeceixe
This beach on the west coast of Portugal is much more rugged than the south and of an exquisite beauty. The road to the beach runs through a green valley, along the Ribeira de Ceixe. Near the beach, on the top of a headland, you will find a small settlement with predominantly holiday homes. There are a few great eateries that offer a brilliant view of the beach and the high-rising cliffs of black schist.