Algarve coastline

Image gallery of the great southern Algarve coastline from the estuary mouth of the Guadiana river on the border of Portugal with Spain to Sagres and Cape Vincent on the south-western tip of continental Europe

The Algarve is situated in the most south-western corner of the Iberian Peninsula, surrounded on two sides by the Atlantic Ocean. The fantastic coastline of around 200 km with over 150 great beaches has contributed in making the Algarve one of the most popular holiday region in Europe. The Eastern Algarve from the Spanish border to the lagoon landscape of the Ria Formosa with endless flat and broad beaches is ideal for families with little children. The adjacent lagoons and islands of the Ria Formosa, a unique eco system, stretches from Tavira to Faro, the capital of the Algarve. The rocky coast of the Western Algarve between Albufeira and Lagos with dramatic rock formations, beautiful sandy beaches, hidden grottos and rocky bays has particularly contributed to the Algarve’s image as perfect holiday destination. The lonely western coast, the so called “Costa Vicentina” between Sagres and Aljezur, exposed to the wind from the Atlantic, is popular with surfers, paraglider and other extreme sportsmen as well as with lovers of unspoilt nature.