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Right photo: Albufeira Praia do Peneco beach - Photo courtesy Virtual Portugal Tourism

 
Albufeira, the Algarve, Portugal
Fisherman's Beach, Albufeira – image courtesy of Ed Kitaura /Wikimedia Commons

Algarve beach guide


Honeymoon couples have a choice of several golden-sand beaches that surrounded Albufeira, as well as many more beaches that lie just a short drive away.

Discover long strands of golden sand indented with numerous tree-covered headlands framing idyllic coves with perfect conditions for swimming, snorkelling and diving. On occasions the beaches are also good for surfing and windsurfing. Here is a selection of the best beaches in and around Albufeira – perfect for honeymoon couples.

Praia do Peneco (Albufeira)


Dig your tows into the soft golden sand of Albufeiro’s main beach, reached through a tunnel from the Old Town. Framed by soaring rock formations, this wide beach is also known as Praia dos Pescadores, so-called because local fishermen still beach their boats here between fishing trips.

Facilities include parasols, sun loungers, banana boats, jet skis and pedalos (foot pedal boats) for hire, as well as lifeguards, toilets and showers.

Go windsurfing and enjoy the many beachside snack bars and restaurants. If the organised section gets too crowded for your liking, just wander east and you can find a quiet spot along the 2km stretch of golden sand. Albufeira is located around 46km from Faro International Airport.

Praia da Oura (Albufeiro)


Discover a scenic alternative to Praia do Peneco. This 800m-long crescent of golden sand is framed by sun-bleached cliffs topped with green trees and is easily accessible by following a coastal path over a rocky bluff.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets and showers. Nearby sit a choice of cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels. Come for a day or stay at the luxury Oura Beach Club, which overlooks the golden sand and turquoise water.

Praia da Santa Eulália (Albufeira)


Unwind on this 500m-long crescent of golden sand that nestles beneath ragged red-ochre cliffs topped with trees. The beach gently shelves into the turquoise waters of a sheltered bay that is perfect for swimming and snorkelling beneath the rocky headlands.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, and lifeguards. Discover creature comforts at a choice of nearby hotels including the luxurious Grande Real Santa Eulalia – one of the most luxurious hotel resorts in the Algarve.Praia da Santa Eulália is just 4km east of Albufeira.

Praia da Falésia (Olhos de Agua)


Unwind on this long and narrow beach that sits beneath towering russet-coloured cliffs topped with pine trees. Sunbathe and swim or windsurf should the south-westerly winds kick-in. Facilities include parasols, sun loungers and pedalos for hire, as well as lifeguards, toilets, showers and beachside snack bars.

Come for a day or stay longer at the 5-star Sheraton Algarve, which was designed in the style of an Algarvian village and set amid a subtropical garden dotted with pine trees overlooking the beach. Praia da Falésia is around 7km east of Albufeira and adjoins Praia da Vilamoura to the east.

Praia da Vilamoura (Vilamoura)


Dig your toes into the soft golden sand of this long beach that stretches from the popular beach resort of Vilamoura to nearby Praia da Falésia. Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets, showers and beachside snack bars. Water sports include pedalos, parasailing and jet skiing.

To the east the beach continues into Praia da Quarteira. Praia da Vilamoura is around 10km east of Albufeira and 15km west of Faro Airport.

Praia da Galé (Galé)


Pick your own spot to unwind on the soft white sand of this 2km-long beach that merges into Praia de Salgados to the west. Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets and showers, with several beachside snack bars and restaurants nearby. Water sports include banana boats, jet skis and pedalos.

Come for a day or stay longer at the exclusive beachfront Hotel Estalagem Vila Joya; this luxurious boutique hotel boasts a renowned Michelin 2-star restaurant. Praia da Galé is around 8km west of Albufeira.

Explore the gorgeous string of small golden-sand beaches that extend around the eastern coastline towards nearby Albufeiro. Framed by scenic ochre-coloured sandstone cliffs and craggy rock formations indented with numerous rock pools, caves and grottos, these beaches are a less-crowded alternative to Albufeiro’s bustling town beaches. Check out Praia Castello, a favourite beach of the Portuguese jet-set who favour the famous beachfront Casa do Castello Club.

Visit the secluded tree-fringed Praia Evaristo and Praia Coelho, accessed by descending winding hillside tracks, and Praia São Rafael, a wide expanse of golden sand framed by scenic rocky outcrops, located just 3km west of Albufeira.

Praia do Vale do Lobo


Relax on the soft golden sand of this idyllic stretch of beach that nestles beneath red-sandstone cliffs topped by palm trees and the green fairways of the Vale do Lobo Resort’s world-class golf course. Come for a day or enjoy a wide range of creature comforts at the resort.

Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, lifeguards, toilets and showers. Unwind at the several beachside bars, cafés and restaurants. The resort of Vale do Lobo is located around 40km east of Albufeira.

Praia de Marinha (Benagil)


Relax on this secluded 300m-long beach of golden sand that nestles beneath soaring sandstone cliffs facing the calm turquoise waters of a pretty cliff-framed cove. Follow the cliff-top walking trail to find two smaller and even more secluded beaches.

Or snorkel beneath the towering headlands, indented with grottos and caves just waiting to be explored. Take your own food and drinks, as there are no facilities at this beach. Praia de Marinha is located around 30km west of Albufeira.

Latest update on this honeymoon destination: 27 May, 2017
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