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Portugal Beaches

With around 600 miles of coast, much of which is sandy beach, Portugal is a beach-goer's paradise. Add Portugal's excellent climate and you can see why portugal rates as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe

Portugal's beaches vary widely in both appearance and the range of activities they offer. From the weird and wonderful rock formations of the Algarve's coves to the exposed, windswept expanse of Guincho near Cascais all are endowed with an unquestionable natural beauty.

Unlike other countries in Southern Europe, whose coasts face into the calm waters of the Mediterranean, Portugal faces the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. As a result they provide some of the best surf and surfing in Europe.

Portugal also scores well with its Blue Flag beaches - there are 18 in total most of which are in the vicinity of Lisbon. These beaches are rated not only on their excellent water quality, but on the facilities available and therefore make excellent family beaches.

Without doubt, Portugal is home to some of the best beaches in the world.

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Best beaches in Portugal

Popular Portuguese Beaches

  • Praia da Oura - Albufeira

    Situated at the bottom of a steep hill in front of the resort village of Oura, is one of Albufeira's best beaches. A long sweep of golden sand backed by a promenade lined with cafes, bars and some nice restaurants...

    Albufeira
    Blue Flag beach Accessible beach
  • Portugal beach

    Sitting next to Sagres' harbour and within the lee of its breakwater, Praia da Baleeira is by far the town's most sheltered beach. This is no way Sagres' best or most dramatic beach but it does come into its own when...

    Sagres
  • Praia de Alvor

    Just 8km west of Portimao, one of the largest towns in the Algarve, and within walking distance of Praia da Rocha's pumping...

    Lagos
    Blue Flag beach Accessible beach
  • Praia da Falésia - Algarve

    Boasting more than six kilometres of golden sand, stretching from Vilamoura in the west to Olhos do Agua in the east, Praia da Falesia is home to one of the longest...

    Albufeira Vilamoura
    Blue Flag beach Accessible beach
  • Praia do Pinhão - Lagos

    To describe the little cove of Praia do Pinhão as a hidden gem might be going a little to far, but it is certainly a gem, and by Lagos standards somewhat hidden.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the steep ochre...

    Lagos