The best beaches
A long coastline where all the beaches have white, fine sand, a long summer and many hours of sunshine throughout the year make Portugal a natural holiday destination.
Reviews and reports in the international media frequently recognise the quality and beauty of Portuguese beaches. It’s no coincidence that 298 of our beaches have been awarded Europe’s Blue Flag!
We know it’s not easy to choose one, because the variety is so great and the scenery changes along the coast, but here we mention some of the best beaches.
Why not pay them a visit yourself?
Praia da Cova Redonda, Lagoa
2nd place in the ranking of beaches chosen by European consumers as the most beautiful in Europe in 2014. This beach is appreciated for its high cliffs and for its rock formations in different shades of orange, so characteristic of the Algarve coast.
Porto Santo, Madeira
Another of those chosen by consumers as being amongst the most beautiful beaches in Europe, ranking in 8th place. 9 km of fine golden sand, calm seas and therapeutic qualities as well. The ideal place to rest.
Ponta da Piedade, Lagos
America’s Huffington Post reported in 2014 that this could well be the most beautiful beach on Earth! The shape of the coast is indeed spectacular and the view from the cliff top is awesome.
Praia Dona Ana, Lagos
The turquoise water and the natural slopes earned it the choice of Condé Nast Traveller magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful in the world in 2013. One of the most photographed beaches in the Algarve.
Praia da Falésia, Vilamoura
Recognised on Trip Advisor as one of the "25 truly unique beaches in Europe", this is one of the busiest in the Algarve, but its extensive beach has room for everyone.
Praia da Marinha, Lagoa
A corner of unspoiled nature, this is an extremely scenic beach framed by cliffs carved by wind and sea erosion. It is considered one of the best hundred beaches in the world.
Praia do Norte, Nazaré
This beach became internationally famous in 2011 for having the biggest wave in the world, ridden by Garrett McNamara. Its record 30-metre height could only be broken by fearless surfers.
Ericeira has several beaches with excellent conditions for surfing, such as Ribeira de Ilhas, Coxos and Empa. Its 8km coastline has been classified as the 1st Surfing Reserve in Europe and the 2nd in the world, according to the worldwide organisation "Save the Waves Coalition".
As it turns out, several of the award-winning beaches are in the Algarve, a fact reinforced by the prize earned in the World Travel Awards in 2013, as the Best Beach Destination in Europe.
But in fact, Portugal has many beaches and there’s always one appropriate to our state of mind: sometimes we feel like a more natural, secluded beach, with very few people; at other times we need something more lively, and a party in the evening with our feet in the sand is the ideal; or we might prefer wide horizons and beaches on which to take invigorating seaside walks.
This list only serves as inspiration. The best thing is to go for a walk along the shore and take a look... the only essential stops are for a refreshing swim and to watch the sun set over the sea. Not to be missed!