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Accessible Beaches in the Algarve

by Sun's Dragon         

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. Better still, the Algarve Tourist board goes all out to provide safety and accessibility at many of the beaches across the region.  For 2013, the FEEE (Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe) has awarded 69 of the Algarve's beaches and 4 marinas with the coveted Blue Flag for safety and environmental care.

Wheelchair accessibility & reduced mobility

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Across the Algarve, an incredible 55 beaches & marinas also carry the Praia Acessivel - Praia para Todos (accessible beach - beaches for everyone) flag. This Portuguese initiative was started in 2004 as a joint venture between the National Institute for Rehabilitation and the Portuguese Tourist board, and has gone from strength to strength, gaining international recognition and promotion. 

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Accessible beaches comply with access requirements such as ramps, footpaths and walkways, support facilities (such as bars and first-aid posts), handrails, adapted toilet facilities, parking places and lower bars and counters. 

Meravista provides an easy guide of all the Algarve Beaches which have the Blue Flag award, which also indicates the beaches which carry the accessible flag. You can download or print this handy list here.  

In addition, below is a list of the accessible beaches which also offer amphibious chairs so people with reduced mobility can enjoy bathing in the sea.

Albufeira Rocha Baixinha Nascente (east); Salgados; Maria Luísa
Alcoutim Pego Fundo (river beach)
Aljezur Monte Clérigo
Castro Marim Alagoa / Altura;  Cabeço (urbanization of Retur)
Faro Faro-Mar* & Faro-Ria*:-  Island beaches - both the sea beach (mar) and the river beach (ria) offer amphibious chairs
Lagoa Carvoeiro - Senhora da Rocha
Lagos Meia Praia;  Porto de Mós;  Luz
Loule Vilamoura;  Vale de Lobo;  Quarteira
Portimão Vau;  Alvor Nascente - Três Irmãos;  Alvor
Tavira Barril
Vila do Bispo Salema
Vila Real de S. António Manta Rota;  Monte Gordo;  Lota;  Santo António

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The Algarve Tourism board takes great pride in ensuring beach access and enjoyment for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Come and top up your Vitamin D supply at the Algarve’s fabulous accessible beaches.

Even with reduced mobility, the Algarve's beaches let you get far from the maddening crowd!

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