• Let’s suppose you’re a sun seeker narrowing down places to go to catch your rays this year. Choose Portugal as your next holiday destination and discover a part of the world generous with both sunshine and the beaches to soak it up on.

    This is particularly so in the Algarve region, in southern Portugal, which is even a hit with the celebs. To help you find the right spot to top up your tan, this is our guide to the best beach locations in the country.  


    Out in the western Algarve, the fishing village of Alvor gifts people searching for sunshine with a sublime, long sandy beach that is actually considered two beaches. Praia de Alvor sits at the western end of the stretch, and the friendly sounding Praia des Tres Irmãoes, or ‘Three Brothers Beach’, sits at the other.

    Praia de Alvor is a good place to go in a large group since there’s more than enough room for a competitive game of volleyball or an amusing game of Frisbee. If you want to take to the water, pedalos are available, as are the options of windsurfing and sailing.

    Praia des Tres Irmãoes, on the other hand, is all about the relaxation. The cliffs and rocks wrap themselves around the beach, providing shelter when the wind blows that little bit stronger.

    Aerial view of Praia de Alvor beach, in the Algarve, Portugal


    Situated just 20 minutes by foot from the centre of Lagos, the beautiful sandy beach of Praia dona Ana and has a stairway leading down to it. The towering sandstone cliffs and turquoise waters make this the go-to place to unwind and follow the sun in this Algarve town.

    If you’re visiting Lagos with the family, you may prefer the Praia da Batata beach, which lies between the Lagos fort and the southern headland cliffs. This ever-popular beach is close to Lagos town centre and, due to its tranquil waters and sheltered cliffs, is a good beach for families.

    Olhos d’ Agua

    Olhos d’Agua, only five kilometres from the town of Albufeira, has gone from being a quiet fishing village to being a popular tourist destination.

    The credit for this may go to the gorgeous Praia dos Olhos d’ Agua beach and the natural springs in the rock on the eastern side. This Blue Flag beach is nice and clean, and when the tide is low you’ll also see the cool, fresh water shoot out of the sands as well. The kids won’t be able to get enough of this one.

    Aerial shot of Olhos d Agua in the Portuguese Algarve

    Ultimately, Portugal spoils you with marvellous beaches. These wonderful examples in the Algarve are just a taste of the delights the country offers anyone. Book yourself a holiday in Portugal with us and feel the sun on your face and the sand between your toes of this gem.