The beaches of Albufeira and the surrounding areas are famous for their natural beauty and cleanliness and vary from wide open expanses of golden sand to secluded rocky coves.
Many of the beaches in this area have been awarded the Blue Flag Award and are also classified as ‘Accessible Beaches’ which means ramps, footpaths and walkways are in place allowing access right down to the sand. There are first aid areas, disabled toilets and various equipment to enable disabled people access to the beach and to the restaurants/bars.
Water sports can be found on many of the beaches and include sailing, windsurfing, pedalos and some motorised sports such as waterskiing , jet skiing and banana boats.
Sun beds and parasols are readily available for hire from all beaches and during peak season there are lifeguards on duty at most of the beaches.
The Albufeira coastline joins the Atlantic Ocean.
Some of the most popular beaches in the area of Albufeira are as follows:-
Praia dos Pescadores (Fisherman’s Beach)
This beach is located at the front of the Old Albufeira town. It is a very wide stretch of golden sand with a back drop of golden red cliffs. There are also some stunning rock formations in the sea. Water sports are on offer here and sun beds and parasols are available for hire. There are brightly coloured fishing boats lined up at the back of the beach depicting how it looked when it was once a small fishing village. There are bars and restaurants lining the beach, many serving fresh fish.
Praia do Tunel/Peneco (Tunnel Beach)
This beach is located to the West of Old Town Albufeira. Access to this beach is through a tunnel which has been drilled through the cliffs, which is close to the old town square. Alternatively, slightly further up there is an elevator which offers direct access to the beach. There are sun beds and parasols for hire on Tunnel Beach, along with some water sports such as jet skiing and windsurfing. There are also restaurants and bars by the beach.
Praia da Oura
Located to the East of the Old Town of Albufeira, this is the nearest beach to Areias de Sao Joao or ‘The Strip’. Oura is a stunning sandy bay with many water sports on offer such as parasailing, pedalos, banana boats and windsurfing. Sun beds and parasols are available for hire. The promenade behind the beach is lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.
Beaches to the West of Albufeira (in order of closest distance)
This stunning beach features some striking rock formations. It is an accessible beach with many facilities such as a bar, restaurant and public toilets. Sun beds and parasols are available for hire.
This small sheltered beach is very pretty and set amidst colourful cliffs. It is an accessible beach with showers and toilets and a cafe/restaurant.
A beautiful small cove which is well sheltered with many interesting rock formations. There are toilets and a restaurant here.
A small rocky beach with paths leading up the cliffs where breathtaking views of the coastline can be observed. There is a restaurant and public toilets here.
A small beach surrounded by natural sand dunes. There is a restaurant and public toilets here.
Gale Beach has 2 parts to it. The western side is wide with fine soft sand and it is here water sports are available. The eastern side in contrast is characterised by many enchanting rock formations, caves and grottos. The rock pools are particularly popular with children. There are 3 restaurant/bars on the beach at Gale and these are a very popular place in the evenings to watch the beautiful sunset.
Salgados Beach is a wide, flat, golden sandy beach with large areas of natural sand dunes and a natural lagoon adjoining it. The lagoon is full of birds, including the Flamingo. Parking is located behind the sand dunes, so you take a short walk along the boardwalks to get to the beach. There are no large cliffs or rocks in the water at Salgados. There are several restaurants/cafes scattered along the long stretch of beach which leads to the neighbouring resort of Armacao de Pera around a 2 km walk along the shore line. The Salgados Golf Course backs onto the beach.