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Portugal's Algarve Coast boasts some of Europe's finest beaches.
The Algarve coast line stretches about 100 miles from the western-most tip to the Spanish border.
The western coastline is extremely dramatic, with cliffs of black rock from which Algarvian fishermen cling precariously hundreds of feet above the sea, for hours on end. Beaches vary from tiny, intimate coves to long lengths of open soft sand, where the Atlantic waves crash and retreat.
The Praia De Faro beach marks the beginning of the Delta region with its canals and sandbanks, which provide excellent resting sites for a series of aquatic birds, flora and fauna
Falesia: Backed by orange and red cliffs, this is a very long beach, parts of it far from any built-up area and sparsely populated even in summer. From a car parking area just west of the marina, you walk across two small bridges straight onto the sand. If you keep walking for several kilometres you end up almost in Albufeiria
Marina : On the east side of Vilamoura just behind Marina hotel and Ampalius hotel. You walk straight on to the sand, which is sheltered by breakwaters making it an ideal beach for both young and old.
Quarteria : Walk-on access from the long esplanade at Quarteira, to the east of Vilamoura. As at Marina, the water off this stretch of sand is calmed by a series of breakwaters.
Praia Da Oura: This very popular sunbathing and swimming beach is at the bottom of the ’The Strip’. Access is easy but parking nearby a little more difficult due to the beaches central location. Make your way eastwards to find more intimate patches of sand among the rocks. Or follow signs from ‘the strip’ to Dos Aveiros cove for excellent Scuba Diving.
Praia Grande: This is a long, remote stretch of sand backed by dunes between Salgados and Armacao de Pera. Its remoteness still attracts nudists!
Map of Central Algarve beaches