Destinations / October 06, 2018. By Susan Connolly
Portugal has an excellent climate and more than 900 km of coast, most of which is sandy beach. We asked Portugal Exposure fans to recommend their favourite beach to visit in the Portugal. Read our top picks list all recommended by our followers as the best sandy beaches in Portugal.
Karen, Gloria, Yvonne, and Gareth love Alvor beach, one of the best beaches in the western Algarve and a favourite with families during the summer months. Alvor has a single vast beach with clear, safe sea waters and is within walking distance of the town.
Letitica and Rute love Odeceixe, one of the quieter, wilder beaches of the western Algarve. Located at the mouth of the Seixe River on the border with the Alentejo region. A wide sandy beach with small lagoons at low tide perfect for calm bathing. The beach adjoining Odeceixe is called Adegas, one of the three officially designated naturist beaches in the Algarve.
Una, Nora and Carmel recommend the beaches in Albufeira: Praia da Galé, Praia do Peneco, Praia do Inatel, Praia da Falésia, to name but a few. The best known is probably Praia dos Pescadores ( Fisherman’s beach) in front of Albufeira old town.
Brianan likes Vilamoura beach a wonderful sandy beach situated minutes from in a chic, sophisticated holiday resort.
Diane, Paula and Samantha love Praia da Rocha a popular beach resort situated on stunning coastline. The vast beach is easily able to accommodate the large number of visitors during the summer months. The beach is backed by huge ochre rocks that fall away to wide golden sands and crystal clear waters.
Helene recommends Manta Rota an endless golden stretch of sand popular with families. There are plenty of facilities near the beach, restaurants, shops, showers and toilets. Rios bar at the beach front is a great place to eat grilled fish or a plate of amêijoas ( clams in garlic and coriander sauce). Even though it is a popular beach you’ll find plenty of space.
Margaret is a big fan of Monte Gordo a wonderful sandy beach in the eastern Algarve that extends for miles. Unlike the western Algarve, where beaches are bound by steep cliffs the beach at Monte Gordo is on the same level as the town. The main street through Monte Gordo separates the beach and promenade from the rest of the town. The town side is lined with cafés, restaurants, shops and bars facing the beach.
Jackie is a fan of the beaches in Tavira. The beaches in Tavira are island beaches and their unique feature is their setting. They form part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and there is almost no tourist development on the island, hotels etc. However, it is not possible to walk to the beaches, ferries cross from the riverfront all year round.
Michelle recommends Guincho a stunning beach about 6 km west of Cascais ( 35km from Lisbon). Guincho is the perfect beach for those who like surfing and water sports. There are surf hire shops located at the beach and other good amenities such as restaurants, bars and showers.
Do you have a favourite sandy beach in Portugal ? Tell us in the comments below we’d love to hear from you.