The coastline of the Algarve in Portugal is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. Today I show you the highlights of the beautiful coastline in Portugal: the beaches and bays. I had a look at the blogpost of blogger Debiflue so I already kinda knew where I wanted to go. One of the most important things: rent a car! Most of the beaches are hard to get to by bus or by foot and it is just so much easier by car. How and where you can rent a car at the Algarve, I already told you in the article about the car rental.
Even though the beaches are not that far away from one another: plan some time to stroll around, to enjoy the sunshine or to simply enjoy the moment. You don’t really want to rush from one beach to the next, this is holiday mode! We decided to visit up to two beaches and bays for the day, which was perfect!
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- 1 Many helpful tips and destinations for your trip to the Algarve
- 2 The most beautiful beaches at the Algarve in Portugal
Many helpful tips and destinations for your trip to the Algarve
Best time to visit Portugal
When is the best time to travel to Portugal? I would almost say all year round, but from May onwards the high season slowly begins and with it the really good weather. If you’re hoping for 30 degrees in Lisbon in March, you may be disappointed. March/April is typical spring weather: often sunny, but it can also be mixed. For the best weather, book your trip during the summer months. As with any summer trip, check beforehand when the school holidays are and whether you want to fly outside or inside them. Of course, the cheapest time to visit Portugal is before the high season, outside the holidays.
Getting to Portugal
The Star Alliance member, the Portuguese airline TAP Portugal, will take you to the South from many different airports in Germany. TAP flies from Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt to Lisbon, Porto or Faro – for those who want to go directly to the Algarve. However, TAP’s partner airlines will also take you to your destination from Bremen, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Cologne, Leipzig/Halle, Dresden and Münster. You can take one piece of luggage weighing 23 kg, which is more than enough for a holiday. You can also take one piece of hand luggage weighing up to 8 kg.
My experience with the airline has been positive so far. Last year, my parents and I flew to Lisbon with TAP Portugal. The flight takes about three hours, there is a small meal and the airline brings you safely to your Portuguese destination.
How to get to the city from the airport: Lisbon
- Taxi: ~15 euros to the city centre
- Airport bus: ~3,50 Euro
- Metro: ~1,40 Euro
I would recommend taking the metro. It’s not only the cheapest, but also really uncomplicated. At the station you buy a green travel card for 0.50 euros, which you can then top up with credit. A day pass costs about 6 euros and a one-way ticket in Lisbon costs about 1.40 euros. Don’t load too much money onto the card, because you won’t get it back and it expires after a year.
From the airport, take the red line and change at Almeda. Change at Almeda and take the green line to Cais de Sodre. You can get off at Rossio or Baixa/Chiado station to get directly to the centre of Lisbon.
From the airport to Faro
- Taxi: ~10 Euro
- Bus: ~2 euros
Faro does not have a metro, but a bus system, which is also relatively clear. The journey costs about 2 euros and you can buy the ticket directly from the bus driver. You don’t need an extra card like in Lisbon. From the airport you can take the Linha 16, for example, to the bus station and then change buses there – the journey takes about 20 minutes. But even that is quite easy.
If you get stuck, don’t worry: there are tourist information desks at the airports and otherwise just ask the people around you. The Portuguese are very helpful and many can speak English.
Where to stay in the Algarve
The Algarve has numerous dream beaches, hidden bays and excursion destinations. We spent a week on the Portuguese coast and stayed in a hostel in Faro for the duration. This was the perfect starting point for our trip in Portugal, as we could pick up the car at the airport there and could easily and quickly reach destinations in the west and east on the coast. During our trip we also visited Lagos – a very beautiful city in the west of the Algarve, which I can recommend as a base for your trip.
The most beautiful beaches at the Algarve in Portugal
1) Olhos de Água
A small and beautiful beach in the middle of the Algarve – red cliffs, beautiful rock formations at the coast and small parts which are not that windy. You can easily park the car in the big parking lot in the middle of the village and enjoy your time at the beach.
2) Ponta da Piedade
The bay is situated at the West Coast of Portugal, not even five minutes far from Lagos. Ponta da Piedade is a beautiful bay in which you can have a look at the famous rockformations of the Algarve. Once you walk down the stairs to the water, you can do a boatstour into the bay and its surrounding cliffs (approx. 15 Euros for 30 minutes) or you could do a kayak tour, with which you can see most of the surrounding beauty yourself. There’s also a tiny beach down by the water, a small walk away.
3) Praia da Marinha
The good thing about the beaches at the Algarve: most of them are hidden from the wind because of the high rocks and cliffs, so it can already be quite warm at the beach even though low temperature. At the Praia da Marinha you can walk past the impressive rock formations to a little viewpoint or you can stroll around a little. But please be careful: there are no warning signs, or safety barriers. The cliffs can be quite dangerous on the edges because of the lose soil. Bare in mind that you explore at your own risk.
4) Praia da Albandeira
The small bay is a little hidden, but because of that you can hide from the wind and the sun easily. There is actually not that much space, but you can find a small restaurant when walking down the stairs. During the day, you can keep on walking to the right of the beach and enjoy the beauty of the coast.
5) Praia de São Rafael
The Praia da São Rafael is not that far from the city Albufeira. If you ignore the big nude bunker at the left side of the beach, you can find a picturesque view here with turquoise blue water. You can walk around the bay on a little wooden walkway and at the other side of the bay, you can find another beautiful beach – therefore having a little stroll around is def worth it.
6) Tavira Island
Not far from Tavira in the East, you can find a gorgeous sandbank in the middle of the Nationalpark, not far from the shore. You can get there on a little ferryboat, which brings you to the beach. We spotted the beach on our bike tour and I can imagine it to be wonderful to spend the day here.
7) Praia Senhora da Rocha
My favourite beach of the Algarve: Senhora da Rocha. I’m sure the pictures tell you why: turquoise water, soft sand and a fantastic panorama. You don’t always like to have a dip here, but there is also a little church in the middle of the beach where couples say yes – no wonder when seeing the beauty of this beach.