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Algarve, on a route along the beaches of southern Portugal

beaches on the Algarve coast

The Algarve points in the south of Portugal one of the warmest and most visited beach regions in all of Europe (48 blue flags).

About two hundred kilometers of coastline hides rocky and intimate coves; also open to the Atlantic Ocean extensive fine sand beaches and pale, and break precipitous precipices towards the horizon.

The climate is warm and dry, recommended even in winter. This meteorological context opens up endless possibilities for tourists who demand sun and leisure in any season. Along with the marine nature, pleasure settlements have grown from Aljezur to Monte Gordo, standing out unanimously popular Sagres, Lagos, and Faro.

Southern lighthouse

Southern Portugal finds in the city of Faro its centrality. The airport increases this geographical significance. From him, all the destinations of the Algarve are more at hand than at random.

The city is alive, bustling in summer, and a springboard to some of the most popular beaches in the area. The Ria Formosa Natural Park hides the best between the islands that reach Tavira (Farol, Barreta, Tavira, Armona), a small archipelago that leads to sensory catharsis. Just a step away from Huelva, Monte Gordo, on the rise in casinos and golf courses, opens its wild and quiet beach between pine trees.

Algarve beach Ponta da PiedadeThe sea and the rocks form whimsical figures in Ponta da Piedade

Postcards in Lagos

Lagos rests on the Portuguese southwest coast with impudence, as a well-known secret. The city is small, rich in historical furniture and runs towards magnificent beaches. At night, bars and clubs raise the spirits. Praia do Pinhão is the closest to the urban center, about twenty minutes on the way to the east. Close, Dona Ana stands out, one of the most beautiful in the entire environment, and beyond there are Camilo and the magnificent Ponta da Piedade, a rocky exaltation towards wild nature. Following the west of Lagos, Porto do Mós emerges, an immense bend of fine sand and celestial water; and the popular Meia Praia, more than four pale kilometers of rest to lose yourself thoroughly.

At the end of Sagres

Defiant towards the ocean, the Cabo de San Vicente closes a natural area of ​​wild beauty. The Beliche Beach, delineated between rocks and caves, appears at the geographic limit, at a placid promenade in Sagres. The physical context of the city traces surfing redoubts in Martinhal and intimate claims in Ingrina or Castelejo. Going up the cape, fantasy beaches emerge in Vila do Bispo (Cordoama) and Aljezur (Arrifana), two less frequented and exploited destinations, conducive to a retirement getaway. Sagres is natural.

Algarve beachesThe majestic Praia do Carvalho appears calm between cliffs

Portimao, halfway to the Algarve

Among the directions with a happy, warm and sandy ending, many leads to Portimão, halfway between Lagos and Albufeira. Praia da Rocha is one of the most common stops in the summer.

Nearby, to the east, the humble Carvoeiro gives Praia do Carvalho a sight, a splendid cliff towards the perfect nature. The town communicates with Armação de Pera, another modest settlement that hides the majesty of Senhora da Rocha, a local group of solitary coves. The Alvor and Albufeira coasts complete a route for beach hedonists.

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Written by Fukiko Takisawa

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