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West Algarve beaches
 
The west Algarve boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal and arguable Europe. With stunning golden sands, dramatic backdrops and turquiose waters its hard to beat. There are a number of popular bays around the more popular resorts but there's also a host of hidden treasures waiting to be explored. It's well worth taking time to hire a car and go exploring, with an adventurous spirit, a map or some local guidance theres every chance you could find your own private bay! The table below gives a bit more information about the main beaches in the area.
 
Beach guide around West Algarve
 
Praia da Bordeira – Aljezur
With access by road, distance to the beach approx 2000 metres.  Parking.  Sandy beach, size approx. 1000 x 50 metres.   Good surfing.  Summer water temp 22C, winter 16C.  Restaurants and cafes on and leading to the beach.  Extensive beach with track to a 17th Century fort.  Great surfing beaches also further north on praia de mareta, praia da arrifana and praia do monte clerigo.
  
NO Blue Flag
Watersports   
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard
  
Praia do Amado – Aljezur  
With access by road – distance to the beach is approx 1000 metres.  Beach size approx. 800 x 150 metres.  Sandy. No blue flag. Nor recommended for surfing or swimming.  Water temp. summer 22C, winter 16C.  Beach café.
Isolated, sandy, tranquil.
  
NO Blue Flag
NO Watersports   
Beach cafe
Parking
 NO Lifeguard
  
Praia do Mirouco – Vila de Bispo
With access by road, distance to beach 0 metres.  Size of beach approx 200 x 50 metres.  Sandy.  Not recommended for surfing.  Summer sea temp. 22C, winter 15C.  No lookout or signals so not recommended for swimming.  Small and secluded.
  
 
NO Blue Flag
NO Watersports   
Cafes
Parking
NO lifeguard
 
Praia do Cordoama – Vila de Bispo
Access by road, distance from road to beach 0 metres.  Beach size approx 400 x 20 metres.  Sandy.  Blue Flag.  Swimming.   Lookout.  Beach restaurant and café.  Not recommended for surfing.  Ideal to get away from it all.
  
Blue Flag
NO Watersports   
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard sometimes
  
Praia de Castlejo – Vila de Bispo
Access by road, distance from road to beach 0 metres.  Size of beach 600 x 40 metres.  Sandy.  Blue flag.  Summer sea temp. 22C, winter 15C.  Lookout.  Swimming.  Not recommended for surfing.  Beach café and restaurant.  Lovely long beach walk as Cordoama and Castelejo are connected at low tide.
  
Blue Flag
Watersports   
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard sometimes
  
  
Praia de Beliche – Sagres
Access by road.  Distance from road to beach – 0 metres.  Parking.   Summer sea temp. 22C, winter 15C.  Beach size approx 400 x 25 metres.  Sandy.  No blue flag.  Good surfing.  Safe swimming.  Beach cafes.  Lifeguard.  A tranquil beach with a climb down a cliff path  of 40 metres.
  
NO Blue Flag
Watersports   
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard
  
  
 
Praia do Tonel – Sagres
Access by road.  Distance from road to beach 0 metres.  Parking.  Beachsize 500 x 40 metres.  Sandy.  No blue flag.  Exposed to westerly winds and Atlantic breakers so great surfing.  No lookout so not recommended for swimming.  Roadside café and restaurant.
  
NO Blue Flag
Surfing
Restaurants
Parking
NO Lifeguard
  
  
Praia da Mareta – Vila do Bispo
Access by road.  Distance from road to beach 0 metres.  Parking.  Beach size approx 750 x 50 metres.  Sandy.  Blue flag.  Surfing.  Summer sea temp. 22C, winter 15C.  Lookout.  Safe swimming.  Beach restaurant/café plus roadside café.
  
Blue Flag
Surfing
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard
 
  
Praia da Martinhal – Sagres
A big sweep of sand in a corner of Sagres bay especially good for windsurfing.  Access by road.  Distance from road to beach 0 metres.  Beach size approx.  800 x 50 metres.  Sandy.  Summer sea temp. 22C, winter 15C.  Swimming.  Roadside and beach restaurants and cafes. 
  
Blue Flag
Great wind-surfing
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard sometimes
 
  
Praia do Zavial – Vila do Bispo
Surfers paradise.  Much used by scuba divers and snorkellers – called Ingrina.  Road access.  Distance from road to beach 0 metres.  Parking.  Beach size 500 x 50 mtrs.  Sandy.  Blue flag.  Summer sea temp. 22C, winter 15C.  Safe swimming.  Lookout.  Restaurants/cafes on roadside and beach. 
  
Blue Flag
Watersports (surfing)
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard
 
  
Praia da Figueira – Vila do Bispo
Access by road.  Distance from road to beach 0 metres.  Beach size approx. 80 x 50.  Sandy.  Not recommended for surfing or swimming.  No cafes/restaurants.  Quiet, tranquil, sandy beach ideal to ‘get away from it all’.
  
NO Blue Flag
NO Watersports   
Cafes
Parking
NO lifeguard
  
Praia da Salema and Boca do Rio - Salema
In the Algarves southwest corner, the long stretch of sand right in front of Salema village has cliffs at either end.  Popular with windsurfers and good for scuba and snorkelling.  Access by road.  Distance from road to beach 0 metres.  Parking.  Beach size approx 500 x 40 metres.  Sandy.  Beach and roadside cafes and restaurants.
  
For BOCA DO RIO access onto beach is easy but tucked away.  Approach from back road connecting Burgau and Salema.  Scuba divers and snorkellers will want to explore remains of a French Man-or-war lying on the sea bed about 300 metres offshore.
  
Blue Flag
Watersports   
Restaurants
Parking
lifeguard
 
  
Praia da Luz - Praia da Luz 
A long gentle bay on the fringe of Luz town, west of Lagos. A palm lined promenade with a number of beachside cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops and market, make it ideal for young families. One of the best beaches in the Algarve.
  
Blue Flag
Watersports   
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard
  
Praia da Burgau - Burgau 
A petite beach well situated in front of the picturesque fishing village, cosseted by cliffs. Parking is limited so it would be advisable to leave any vehicles in the village and walk down.
  
Blue Flag
Watersports   
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard
 

  

Porto de Mós - Lagos 
A sandy cove between Luz and Lagos, flanked by cliffs with a beach bar and public facilities. Easy access can be had from a small car park behind the beach.
  
Blue Flag
Watersports   
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard
 

  

Praia Dona Ana - Lagos
 The most popular beach in the Lagos region, surrounded by steep cliffs and provides good shelter from the wind. Access is limited by a series of steep steps, unsuitable for people who are elderly or with limited physical ability. Breath taking views from the bar and restaurant at the top.
  
  
Watersports   
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard
  

  

Meia Praia - Lagos
A long, wide stretch of sand which can be seen across the bay from the Fortress in Lagos. There is no natural shade but a couple of excellent, recently refurbished beach bars towards the Lagos end offering sunbeds and shades for hire. Excellent for enjoying Algarve water sports - waterskiing, sailing and windsurfing rentals are available in summer.
  
  
Blue Flag
Watersports   
Restaurants
Parking
Lifeguard
 

  

  
As the site develops we will add more comprehensive listings and details for all Algarve beaches relating to our apartments.  
 
We will be adding more Algarve beaches to the list shortly, if you have any feedback or comments on this part of the site or our list of Algarve beaches don’t hesitate to contact us.
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