Three enchanting beaches to discover in the Algarve
With 200 kilometres of coast, the Algarve has many nooks and corners of unique beauty that are known only to a lucky few.
These beaches are practically deserted, accessible only by boat and, in some cases, not even listed in official guides.
In the Algarve’s marinas and docks are various companies that offer regular or tailor-made trips that will enable you safely to reach beaches that are inaccessible by land.
With inlets and cliff caves, to rocky beaches or broad strands bathed by clear, lukewarm waters, there are options for all kinds of outings and sunbathing opportunities, from private hideaways to lively urban beaches.
These are veritable monuments carved out by nature where you can “go to the beach” in unforgettable fashion and without the crowds that beset the region’s best-known and busiest beaches.
Praia dos Arrifes
Located in Albufeira, this beach is in a little inlet sheltered by low sculpted cliffs, with natural rock pools, arches and several caves in the rock walls that surround it.
On the horizon are three enormous rocky islets from which the beach gets its local nickname: Praia dos Três Penecos.
Although the beach is accessible by land, that is only down a flight of wooden stairs; there are also lifeguards in the bathing season.
This beach is just 5.5 kilometres from the Vidamar Resort Algarve.
The “wild” Praia da Morena
Other beaches are only accessible by boat, such as the Praia da Morena in Lagoa. This wild beach 18 kilometres from the Vidamar Resort Algarve is not included on official lists of Algarve beaches.
Located in a little inlet, it is small and bathed by waters that are usually calm. In the central portion of the surrounding rock is a little cave and on the eastern side a larger one, and a large arch.
In the sea is an islet whose shape, seen from the beach, recalls that of a submarine.
Praia do Pau
Praia do Pau is only accessible from the sea, making it another of the Algarve’s “secret” beaches. Framed by a rocky formation along the shore and with an islet on the horizon, this little beach with its calm, clear waters is sheltered by two small headlands colonised by many seagulls.
The way to this beach in the municipality of Lagoa is about 18 kilometres from the Vidamar Resort Algarve – about a half-hour drive.
For safety reasons, it is advisable to keep a sensible distance from the crumbling limestone cliffs.
The Portuguese authorities periodically monitor the region’s cliffs but visitors should take into account the fact that these natural structures are constantly exposed to erosion, above all the unceasing action of the sea.