Barlavento-Sotavento: beaches from one end of the coast to the other
The Algarve coast begins in the Natural Park of Costa Vicentina, an extension of the Alentejo coast.
Between Odeceixe and Sagres you hardly seem to be in the Algarve, such are the differences between this area and the eastern and central Algarve. It’s a less explored area, where the towering cliffs hide beaches like Amoreira, Monte Clérigo, Arrifana and Carrapateira. Some are like secrets to be discovered, accessible by hidden paths. But most are well-known by surfers and bodyboarders, who find the waves they like on beaches like Praia do Amado, the setting for international surfing competitions.
In Cabo de São Vicente, near Sagres, the extreme southwest of Europe, the Algarve curves around and the sea becomes less agitated. This western half of the Algarve is known as the windward. Here, beaches to dream of are framed by golden cliffs that the sea has carved into some unusual shapes. Since it’s impossible to say which is the most beautiful beach, we suggest some to explore: Porto de Mós, Praia Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo, Alvor, Vau and Carvoeiro.