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5 tips and many reasons to travel to the Algarve – the southernmost part of Portugal. Part 2 – Algarve beaches.

Beaches of Algarve from a travelogue about Algarve  in 4 parts. The cover photo is from Praia Dona Ana Beach, Lagos, Algarve. What else to do in the Algarve from Algarve, Portugal travelogue with tips for good experience in 4 parts. This is a no AI content.

We continue with the Algarve travelogue. In the first part, I told how to get there and where to stay. Almost everyone is interested in whether they can go to the beach in the Algarve, or it is too cold, because this is no longer a strip of the Mediterranean Sea, but the Atlantic Ocean itself.

The answer is yes, you can go to the beach moreover, I will tell you where you can go and what to expect from the beaches there.

Where to go to the beach in the Algarve?

In case you have a pool at your hotel, as it was with us, and you are in Algarve for the first time, my advice is not to get carried away with lying next to it. Firstly, the water is not very warm, unless they heat it specially, secondly, you miss out on doing much more interesting things that are actually worth going to the Algarve for. It is true that sometimes a person needs just this solitude with a book, a favorite magazine and a cocktail, but I do not recommend to waste more than 1-2 hours a day for this.

Regarding the beaches in the region, there are countless options and all of them are good. Look on the Internet for specific beaches, because each of them is some kind of landmark. They are surrounded by beautiful rocks, exotic vegetation, and offer unforgettable views from above or from the sea.

But do not be mislead by the beautiful views of the coast! The water in the ocean is 19-20 degrees Celsius, which is pretty chilling, I’d say. I decided to get all wet just once – it’s very cold and it’s like that all summer. It’s not getting any warmer. Though, the views are wonderful.

Praia de Port Mos

The beach Praia de Port Mos is closest to Belmar SPA.

It is a 3-5 minute walk from the hotel to it, it depends on where exactly your apartment is.

Like all beaches in Algarve, there is a large strip here, wide, with fine sand, which narrows quite a bit at high tide.

If you’ve been meekly lying on the first line to admire the surf, expect a wave to wash over you at some point, because the tide is coming slowly but surely. Just gradually move the towel periodically.

Praia de Port Mos by placescases.com
Praia de Port Mos by placescases.com

On the beach there are 2 restaurants and 2 areas with umbrellas and sunbeds. The restaurants doesn’t have glowing ratings, but they do offer take away, so drinks and snacks are bought from a counter outside the seating area.

The e area with umbrellas and sunbeds in front of Campimar restaurant, seems to work with reservations, in a way I don’t understand, because when I asked how I could book for the next day, I got a confused explanation that it was only possible through a tour operator. Of, course I didn’t buy it.

Praia de Port Mos by placescases.com
Praia de Port Mos by placescases.com

It turned out that we don’t need umbrellas, because there is a constant cooling wind and practically you don’t need shade.

Some more views from Lagos coast.

Praia da Luz

It is just 10 minutes away by car from Belmar SPA.

The town of Luzh is a resort town. If you go there by car, you can park on the streets, but if you see a parking meter, you have to pay for it.

Praia da Luz is a big and nice beach where festivals are organized, with 2 stages and several sunbeds and umbrellas areas which you rent on spot.

One of the restaurants nearby is great. It’s the Asian-style restaurant ZaZu and its snack version Boaty’s. You can read more about them in Za Zu Beach Club – nice Asian cuisine and coastal views, Luz, Algarve, Portugal.

Here I have shared some memories from Luzh.

Praia Dona Ana

We chose the beach Praia Dona Ana because of its views.

It is also located in Lagos. It is reached by stairs, which are not many and well worth the effort to go up and down.

Cozy, surrounded by high rocks, the beach tempts you to walk around, to sneak into the tunnels that the powerful waves of the ocean have made in the cliffs.

Be careful, however, when exploring the secrets of the rocks, that the tide doesn’t wash over you and block your land exit, because you’ll be quite refreshed in the water by the time you get to your towel on the sand.

There is a lot of waiting at the only  restaurant on the beach, for seating or take away, since the only alternative is to climb the stairs back.

You can get more impressions from this post of mine on Instagram.

Ponta da Piedade

Ponta da Piedade is very impressive.

In fact, Ponta da Piedade is not just a beach. This is one of the most significant sights of Algarve, because of the cliffs, which are enchantingly beautiful not only when you look at them from above, but also if you venture among them by kayak and boat from the sea.

The beach is reached by a rather long ladder, but it is worth climbing if you want to sunbathe on it or take a gentle walk along the tunnels of the rocks.

Another option is to walk the specially built boardwalk, a wooden path that skirts the cliffs above, to admire the view of the ocean and the cliffs.

Here are some shots from there too.

Water parks

And speaking of beaches, if you’re with kids, it’s also worth going to a water park. There are several, choose the one that is closest to you.

We were at Slide and Splash. There are quite extreme attractions for thrill-seekers, such as descending into a dark tube, falling into a tube and spinning, steep slides, and for those like me, there is still photography and the spa area on the territory of the water park. I liked that it was thought of  people who are just companions and the 35 euros we gave for my ticket was utilized by a Gara fish pedicure.

The next part of this Algarve travelogue will cover the food and wine there.

How to get to all these beaches in Algarve?

Just follow the pins from my map.

How to book your stay?

You can book your stay right hereFor your convenience, I have added a booking.com box, which refers directly to their site. I guarantee you’re going to use all your genius discounts and privileges they would offer to you and I will get a modest commission. Just enter the dates of your trip, the place, then hit the Search button and voila.


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