Beaches of the western Algarve

The Algarve is blessed with over 100 wonderful beaches.  From picture postcard coves to dramatic, wild stretches perfect for surfing.  In 2020, the Algarve was voted the Best Beach Destination in the World Travel Awards.

Praia da Luz

The vista across beach at Praia da Luz highlights the clear blue sea, golden sand and whitewashed village

Praia de Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Luz, (‘Beach of the Church of our Lady of Light’) – far too much for a tourist (and many locals) and shortened to Praia da Luz.

A very safe beach with gently shelving sands. This is a beautiful sandy beach perfect for sun bathing and water sports with the coveted ‘European blue flag’ indicating clean sand and clean water.

Prainha da Luz

Prainha beach is nestled around the corner from the main beach and is great for diving

A small sandy cove tucked under the western side of the Fort of Praia da Luz. The small fishing boats still go out every night from this beach and return with their catch at dawn.  This beach is also popular with snorkellers.

Praia da Dona Ana