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Beaches in Portugal are known for many things, like 497 miles of beaches and that it can rightfully be claimed for 364 days of good surfing out of the 365 days of the year.
Most famous of Portugal beaches are those on the Algarve Coast where you’ll find the best sunny weather and calmer waters. The area is a tourist magnet but also popular with locals. However, don’t expect the warmer Mediterranean water temperatures because Algarve waters are cooler and somewhat rough on some beaches. You’ll find many resorts with a lot to offer along the Algarve Coast.
Now, if you are looking to surf or windsurf — those watersports are better enjoyed off Portugal’s west side beaches. There, it is more windy which makes for good waves. But again, do not expect warm waters, and quite chilly so wet suits are recommended.
Praia da Marinha, Caramujeira, Faro District, Portugal — Majestic, magnificent and magical would be three ways to describe this beach that can be accessed by stairs or by boat. Stunning when viewed from above. Wild and beautiful best enjoyed at low tide.
Praia da Ursa, Sintra, Lisbon District, Portugal — while not an easy hike, steep and hidden bluest of waters beneath the bluer sky, tucked among mountains and warmed by sparkly golden sands. Perfect hidden fishing spot and a very tranquil peaceful hike for more athletic and experienced hikers. Leave on footprints take memories!
Praia do Camilo, Lagos, Faro District, Portugal — warning - you’ll likely be counting the somewhat steep wooden steps on the way back up - lol there are 200, but once enjoying the two small beaches connected by a hand dug tunnel on their stunning sheltered warm sands you'll also won’t regret the climb back up. Keep in mind while climbing up — the prize at the end of the perfect beach day with beautiful views is a restaurant and bar to enjoy them from.
Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Portugal — having fun in the sun is what any beach destination has to offer and this is especially true of Praia da Rocha. This resort beach is a golden sand jewel in the Algarve set in the crystal clear waters. Sun and fun by day and a nightlife that is vibrant and varied. The perfect Portugal vacation hot spot!
Falesia Beach, Olhos de Agua, Albufeira, Portugal — surfers and biggie boarders love this clean and beautiful beach with its clean and fine warm sands — so do locals and tourists. Great waves and stunning red cliffs.
Praia Dona Ana Beach, Lagos, Portugal -- there's nothing like relaxing days on this beach where it's clean, calm and protected by the high cliffs from sea breezes becoming too strong. The inviting golden sands offer a beach that is ideal for snorkeling and rentals of beach umbrellas and deck chairs that are available. You'll have to use stairs to climb down to it. Above where the parking lot is you'll find refreshments. One of the best beaches in Portugal.
Portuguese waters are the perfect storm for encountering rip currents, monster waves and equally dangerous whirlpools. For that reason, always be aware that drowning is an ever present concern even for adults and strong swimmers.
Families enjoying Portugal beaches should be alert and cautious when visiting with children and only swim where lifeguards are present and waters flagged for safety. Lifeguards close down for the summer season in September.
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