Last update: June 2023

County of Faro

Barlavento and Sotavento

From Costa Vicentina in the Algarve to the right bank of the Guadiana, on the border with Spain, the Algarve offers us around 200 km of beautiful beaches.

This meeting of blue or greenish sea, sun and nature created beaches shaped in a scenario of great beauty: golden sands, ocher or reddish cliffs.

Praias do Algarve © RTA
Praia da Marinha, Lagoa © /RTA


It forms the western part of the Algarve; for many, the best beaches in Portugal are to be found in Barlavento.

The Barlavento (Western Algarve) extends from Aljezur (the Costa Vicentina) to Albufeira.

Best Beaches in Barlavento

From Albufeira to Aljezur, there are several km of beautiful beaches. Highlights are:

Albufeira: Praia dos Pescadores, Praia do Peneco, Praia do Inatel

Portimão: Praia da Rocha, Prainha, Praia dos Três Castelos

Lagoa: Praia do Carvoeiro, Praia de Benagil, Praia da Marinha

Lagos: Praia da Dona Ana, Praia da Ponta da Piedade, Praia do Camilo

Find out more: Beaches of the Barlavento


Sotavento, on the other hand, corresponds to the eastern coast of the District of Faro (Algarve).

The Sotavento (Eastern Algarve) extends from Faro to Vila Real de Santo Antônio, already on the border with Spain.

Best Sotavento Beaches

From Loulé to Vila Real de Santo Antônio there are km with beautiful beaches, whose highlights are:

Loulé: Almancil, Quarteira, Vilamoura

Faro: Praia de Faro, Praia do Farol, Praia da Ilha Deserta

Olhão: Praia da Fuseta, Praia da Armona, Praia da Culatra

Find out more: Praias do Sotavento

Top beaches in the Algarve

Check out our selection of the best beaches in the Algarve below.
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1. Praia da Rocha

Postcard of Portugal and the Algarve, the world famous Praia da Rocha, in Portimão, It is considered one of the most beautiful.

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Marinha Beach, Lagoa, County of Faro, Algarve © /RTA

2. Praia da Marinha

The beautiful Praia da Marinha, in the municipality of Lagoa, is also among the favorites of dockers.

3. Albufeira

Other beautiful beaches in the municipality (municipality) of Albufeira also attract thousands of visitors throughout the year.

Praia da Falésia, Albufeira, Distrito de Faro (Algarve)  © / RTA
Falésia Beach, Albufeira, Distrito de Faro (Algarve) © / RTA

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