With its 300 days of sunshine a year, and over 100 beaches, its no wonder the Algarve makes such a perfect family holiday destination. Just 20 minutes from the airport, use Martinhal Quinta as a base to explore the Algarve’s 200km stretch of coastline and get to know its many quaint towns and villages.
Portugal’s southernmost region, the Algarve is known for its beaches and quaint whitewashed fishing villages. The region’s western Atlantic coast and rugged interior are less developed.
Albufeira is the Algarve’s premier resort town, which boasts glorious beaches, a scenic old town and a buzzing atmosphere. The town is often purely regarded as a beach holiday destination, but there is a surprising amount to see and do within the central Algarve region.
Situated at the bottom of a steep hill in front of the resort village of Oura, is one of Albufeira’s best beaches.
Praia dos Pescadores
Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman’s beach) is situated right in front of Albufeira’s old town.
Praia dos Salgados
Set around a kilometre east of the resort of Armação de Pêra is the Praia dos Salgados.
Praia da Coelha
Located on the lovely stretch of coast between Albufeira and Armação de Pera is the charming little Praia da Coelha.
Praia Nova is one of the lesser known beaches in the Armação de Pera area.
Praia da Falesia
Boasting more than six kilometres of golden sand, stretching from Vilamoura in the west to Olhos do Agua in the east, Praia da Falesia is home to one of the longest beaches in Portugal.
Praia de São Rafael
The crystal clear, shallow waters and silky soft golden sand make Praia de São Rafael one of the most popular beaches in the Albufeira area.
Praia do Castelo
The small beach of Praia do Castelo is located on the wonderful stretch of coast between Albufeira and Armação de Pêra (about 6km from the former).
Praia da Gale
For those of you who are staying in the somewhat hectic resort of Albufeira, Praia da Gale offers a welcome respite.
Praia do Evaristo
Praia do Evaristo is far enough outside of the resort madness of Albufeira to retain an air of charm and remain civilised even in the summer!