The west coast of the Algarve has some of the most breathtaking beaches in Europe. You won’t find many tourists here, especially in winter when the North Winds blow. But these winds also attract some of the most ardent and skilled windsurfing and sailing fans from all over the world.
Read about some of the most alluring and spectacular beaches on the west Algarve coast.
Praia do Castelejo
A seaswept landscape with winds and black cliffs in the background characterizes the Praia da Castelejo, which lies within the Vicentine Coast Nature Park. You can reach this beach by following the signposts to the beaches from the Vila do Bispo.
During summer, this Blue Flag beach is a lively place with sufficient car parking space, toilets, chair rentals, a restaurant, and other amenities.
During winters, it presents a bleak picture but is visited by surfers and anglers. Surfers from Lagos and Sagres prefer this beach because of its easy accessibility. The crashing waves and rugged appeal of this beach are characteristic of the praias of western Algarve.
During low tide, a broad expanse of the beach opens up. If you’re close to Vila do Bispo then this beautiful beach is a must visit.
Rated as one of the best beaches of the Algarve, the Meia Praia stretches for four kilometers from Lagos to where the Odiáxere River meets the sea.
The bay that this beach is on protects the stretch of golden sand from rough waves. You can walk up to the western portion of the beach from the Lagos marina. It is also the more crowded portion of this wonderful sandy beach, considered as one of the top attractions in Algarve.
The western end of the beach is known as the Praia de Sao Roque.
It’s a great spot for families. It’s fun to experience the snacks and drinks from the various shacks and explore the sandy coves that also provide shelter when the winds pick up.
The sea slope is gentle, making it a safe beach for children. The water; however, may be cold even during the months of June and July.
Praia do Amado
Best accessed from Carrapateira, you will reach the Praia do Amado by traveling north from Vila do Bispo along the EN268. It’s around 40 km from Lagos.
The beach is much bigger than Castelejo. Kite surfers favor this beach. There are two surfing schools along this one kilometer beach where you can rent equipment and also learn surfing, even if you’re a complete novice.
The lagoon formed by the Bordeira river is shallow and safe for children to frolic in. There’s a restaurant and bar here, although some distance from the beach, and outdoor parking is easily available.
Praia da Amado also offers camping facilities, and that’s a great thing if you’re a surfer or a nature lover who wishes to spend more time here gazing at the sea from the viewing spots above the beach.
Praia da Rocha
The Praia da Rocha, a beach of soft, white, sands, is around 2 km from Portimao. It is also eponymous with a beach resort town that derives its existence from the beach. The name, Praia da Rocha, translates to Rocky Beach. It’s a Blue Flag beach.
The location of the beach, at the banks of the Arade River, and in a holiday town, makes it popular with young and old alike. Jet skis, banana boats, kayaks…you’ll find all the activities here.
Seagulls, beautiful rock formations, a nice boardwalk, and many restaurants make this a great place to be. The boulevard behind the beach is where you head to get a feel of elegant and gentrified Portimao. It’s a nice place with chic boutiques and nice people.
Praia do Martinhal
Close to Sagres, and the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, the Praia do Martinhal is noted for its gentle waves and calm waters as compared to the other beaches along the western Algarve.
The beach offers snorkeling, bodyboarding, and surfing for those who would wish to enjoy these activities. The beach is relatively uncrowded, has a nice cafe, and there are sunbeds for those that wish to lie down and gaze upon the seas and the dunes.
To the east of Martinhal is a rocky little beach, known as the Praia dos Rebolinhos.