There are a lot of ways to measure the arrival of summer in Portugal.

Technically, it arrives in June. But by early May when the sun starts to shine in earnest, the sun and surf-loving Portuguese head to the beach. The Algarve coast, in the south of Portugal, hosts some seriously spectacular beaches. In fact, they are routinely named some of Europe’s finest. The climate and atmosphere are Mediterranean, but don’t forget, this is the Atlantic. So good waves and watersports abound alongside more gentle waters good for family fun. There are more than 150 beaches to choose from, but we’ve done the hard work to bring you the best beaches in the Algarve.

Surf’s Up
Praia da Arrifana
This popular beach is more than 500 meters long and surrounded by tall cliffs. Surfers and body boarders can take advantage of Atlantic waves within the confines of the protected cove of Arrifana.
Praia do Martinhal
With a long sweep of golden sand, marshes, lagoons and a small island out at sea, this beach has something for everyone. It is a favorite among windsurfers, surfers, body boarders, snorkelers and kayakers.
Praia do Amado
Recognized as one of the top surfing spots in Europe, Praia do Amado is host to several surfing and body board competitions that include local and international surfers. There is a surf camp run by the local surf school, teaching visitors how to take full advantage of the natural swell conditions along the west coast of Portugal.

 
Family Fun
Odeceixe
A long beach cut in two by the mouth of the Seixe creek, Odeceixe is a haven for families with convenient facilities, easy parking, a snackbar, restaurants and sunbeds. And for the little ones, there is a lifeguard always on duty. If sightseeing […]

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