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It’s no secret that Portugal’s Algarve is full of spectacular beaches. So it’s a tough pick for the best beaches in the Algarve. If you love unspoiled, wild nature at its best, get to the western Algarve beaches and do some exploring around Aljezur and Carrapateira. Bring a picnic, a book, a bottle of port and a surfboard.
My pick for the best beaches in the Algarve? Praia da Amoreira, Praia da Bordeira and Praia do Amado
These beaches were discovered on a day trip from the seaside fishing village of Carvoeiro on the Algarve.
Sweeping expanses of beach.
I knew I was meant to go there.
In the presence of these earthly elements, I am insanely content.
Is it expansiveness?
Or the pure essence of wild, raw nature?
Is it the assault on my senses?
Perhaps it’s the sheer freedom to let loose and play.
Whatever the reason, I believe it is not humanly possible to experience anything but joy on these beaches.
Start the day in Aljezur, a sleepy little town topped by a castle reputed to be from the 10th Century but possibly dating back to Roman times.
Climbing the road to the castle reveals sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. Chances are when visiting, you might be the only person.
Best Beaches In The Algarve | Praia da Amoreira
A short drive north from Aljezur is Praia da Amoreira, located at the mouth of the Aljezur River in Vicentine Coast Natural Park. It’s the perfect beach for listening to the crashing surf and picnicking. Have you ever topped off a picnic with a sip or two of port? When in Portugal, it seems so appropriate.
Best Beaches In The Algarve | Praia da Bordeira
Drive 20 km south from Aljezur to find Praia da Bordeira.
Heading south, this beach marks the beginning of an outstanding drive or coastal walk ending at Praia do Amado. Both rugged beaches are within walking distance of the small village, Carrapateira. Keen hikers can access The Fishermen’s Trail, a circular day hike, that starts in Carrapateira. Not a hiker? Do these words excite you… “Surf’s up!” Carrapateira is one of the perfect bases for surfing Portugal’s Atlantic coast.
Arriving at Praia da Bordeira, the seabirds beckon.
The river demands bare feet and a wading excursion.
Rippled lines on the copper-coloured sand dunes are meant to be followed.
Extensive and expansive, they transform into the seabed, disappearing under the waves.
Best Beaches In The Algarve | Praia do Amado
The striking coastline continues as you leave Praia da Bordeira heading south to Praia do Amado. Limestone cliffs provide a backdrop to this stunning sandy expanse.
I am joyful, at peace and I want to linger in this space.
I quietly make a mental note to return.
Would you enjoy these wild, unspoiled beaches?
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”
I hope you enjoy these best beaches in the Algarve as much as I did.
Until next time,