Long, flat and braod sandy beach between the Lagos bay and the Ria do Alvor
Meia Praia beach stretches over 4 ½ km from the exit of Lagos’ harbour in the west to the bay of Alvor in the east. Meia Praia is a large flat beach with calm waters. The single track railway (“Linha do Algarve”) connecting Lagos with Vila Real de St. António on the Spanish border runs parallel to the dunes behind the beach. The train runs several times a day. Even during the summer months, the beach has enough parking spaces and several restaurants and beach bars offer drinks and snacks. The western section of Meia Praia was awarded the Blue Flag by the FEE for quality, cleanliness and safety. Most of the time a moderate westerly wind blows, pleasantly cooling the hot summer temperatures, day and night.
Praia da Altura-Alagoa
Family freindly long sandy beach in the eastern Algarve nera the Spanish border
Praia da Amoreira
Large beach and dunes on the western coast, beautifully located close to the town of Aljezur.
Praia da Arrifana
Beach on the western coast near Aljezur popular with surfers and body boarders.
Praia da Barreta
Endless sandy beach on the eastern end of the island Ilha da Barreta (Ilha Deserta) opposite Faro.
The beach Praia da Barreta at the eastern corner of the Ilha da Barreta opposite Ilha da Culatra, disposes of an infrastructure (restaurant, toilets, sunshades) and is supervised during the summer season. The ferry from Faro leaving from the quay Porta do Sol during the summer season and on special request docks nearby.
Praia da Batata
Near the historic centre of Lagos
Popular beach in Lagos on the estuary mouth of the Ribeira de Bensafrim near the fortress Ponta da Bandeira.
Praia da Coelha
Sandy beach, beautifully located in a small rocky bay west of Albufeira.
Praia da Culatra
Long sandy beach on the seaside of Ria Formosa island Ilha da Culatra in front of Olhão
Access to Culatra island is by ferryboat from Olhão and Faro. A bordwalk goes from the quay at the lagoon side across the island to the beach on the seaside. The endless sandy beach disposes of a limited infrastructure during the bathing season.
Praia da Dona Ana
Popular small beach, ideally located on the Golden Coast of Lagos with scenic cliff formations. Cave tours by boat.
The beach is situated on cliff-top of the Costa d'Oiro on the way to the Ponta da Piedade, the famous lighthouse on the southern top of the bay of Lagos. It is famous for the spectacular rock formations embedding the beach. From the parking and the restaurants a long stairs with over 200 steps goes down to the water front.
Praia da Falésia-Açoteias
Endless sandy beach against the backdrop of mulicoloured sandstone, between Olhos de Água and Vilamoura.