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No less than 82 beaches and marinas boast Blue Flags in the Algarve. There are naturist beaches, island beaches and accessible beaches for the disabled. The Ria Formosa is filled with unusual flora, fauna, birds and fish, a perfect adventure for nature lovers. We show you hidden jewels that give so much pleasure to visit and are tucked away from the mainstream. Read all about them here.

Accessible Beach Albufeira Lift
With over 200 kms of fabulous beaches, the southern coast of Portugal known as the Algarve is a paradise for sun-lovers and beach fans. From the western Atlantic coast to the Spanish border in the east, there is an incredible variety on offer. Learn more about Accessible Beaches here.Full Story
Algarve Beaches Portugal
From the wide beahces of the eastern Algarve, to the secluded praias among the cliffs and sea caves of Lagos, to the pounding surfer mecca of the Aljezur coast facing the open Atlantic there are beaches here to suit every desire. Learn more about Algarve Beaches here.Full Story
Sun Bathing on Algarve Blue Flag Beach
This year 73 of the Algarve's beaches and Marinas have been awarded the coveted Blue Flag for compliance with 32 criteria covering Environmental Education and Information, Water Quality, Environmental Management, Safety and Services.Full Story
Chameleon in the Ria Formosa
Stretching along the eastern Algarve coast from Faro to the village of Cacela Velha near Tavira, the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve is a beautiful and tranquil estuary of fresh and saltwater lagoons, islands and marshes. Learn more about Explore the Ria Formosa here.Full Story
Algarve Naturist Beach Carrapateira Aljezur
With over 150 kms of coastline, the Algarve is famous for its stunning beaches with expanses of smooth soft sand and plenty of sunshine all year round. If you like to get an all-over tan without resorting to spray or lamps, you can enjoy the Algarve's two official beaches dedicated especially for naturists. Learn more about Naturist Beaches here.Full Story
Alte art house
In the hills of central Algarve lies the hidden gem of Alte. With historic streets, local craftsmen and traditional cafes, this little aldea has the wonderful charm for a weekend retreat of permanent home. The 'fontes' (springs) are a rare treat to see in this area of the world.Full Story
Pedralva Street with lamps
Pedralva was town on the Algarves west coast that was destined to fade away until an entrepreneur transformed it to its original glory. Take a walk into the past of this restored village. Learn how you too can spend a vacation there and discover the resurrected beauty of an Algarvean village.Full Story
Sitio das Fontes
The clear springs flowing into the tidal Rio Arade have been enjoyed by generations of Portuguese. Learn how you can enjoy this natural area as well. Full Story
Stupa of Salir, Algarve, Portugal's first Stupa
Salir is a typical Algarvean village in the Serra do Caldeirão hills. But there is something very special about Salir; a beautiful site above the village has been chosen as a sacred place by the Buddhist faith. It’s here that a small Buddhist community lives and where Portugal’s first Stupa has been built and consecrated.Full Story