Algarve beaches


There are many beautiful beaches all within approx 15 minutes drive from the villa. The beaches nearby have the “blue flag”, beautiful large sandy beaches with protected dunes, and are amongst the cleanest in Europe.The family orientated beach “Vale do Garrao” has plenty of beach restaurants, and water sports. There are also accessible beaches nearby.

The “Accessible Beaches – Beaches for Everyone” project is an initiative of the National Coordination Committee for the European Year of People with Disabilities (CNCAEPD) to make river and sea beaches accessible to people with reduced mobility and to raise awareness and provide information about the most accessible beaches.

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. The beaches that meet these requirements are awarded the “Accessible Beach” flag and are promoted at an international level.

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Accessible beaches in the Algarve

Portugal has a brilliant accessible beaches scheme. These beaches are identified with a white flag, including the respective symbol shown here, and have reserved parking areas, pedestrian access, beach walkways and adapted toilet facilities.

Several beaches also have equipment items that facilitate access to the sea, enabling persons with restricted mobility to go swimming, although assistance of another person is always required. If you would like to make use of the amphibious chairs then contact the local lifeguard when arriving at the beach.

Here are all the accessible beaches in the Algarve:

  • Monte Clérigo  (amphibious chair)


Vila do Bispo
  • Salema  (amphibious chair)


  • Meia Praia (amphibious chair)
  • Luz (amphibious chair and walker)
  • Porto de Mós (amphibious chair)
  • Batata


  • Vau  (amphibious chair)
  • Rocha
  • Alvor-Nascente (Três Irmãos)
  • Alvor-Poente (amphibious chair)


  • Carvoeiro
  • Senhora da Rocha  (amphibious chair)


  • Barcos/Armação de Pera Nascente
  • Praia Grande-Nascente


  • Rocha Baixinha-Nascente (amphibious chair)
  • Rocha Baixinha-Poente (amphibious chair)
  • Rocha Baixinha
  • Barranco das Belharucas  (amphibious chair)
  • Salgados (amphibious chair)
  • Manuel Lourenço
  • Maria Luísa  (amphibious chair)
  • Galé-Leste
  • Galé-Oeste
  • Olhos d’Água
  • Oura
  • Peneco
  • Pescadores
  • Santa Eulália  (amphibious chair)
  • Inatel – Albufeira (amphibious chair)


  • Vilamoura  (amphibious chair)
  • Quarteira  (amphibious chair)
  • Vale de Lobo  (amphibious chair)
  • Garrão-Poente
  • Loulé Velho
  • Forte Novo
  • Ancão


  • Faro-Mar  (amphibious chair)


  • Fuzeta-Ria  (amphibious chair)


  • Barril  (amphibious chair)


Castro Marim
  • Praia Verde  (amphibious chair)
  • Alagoa/Altura  (amphibious chair)
  • Cabeço (Retur) (amphibious chair)


Vila Real Santo António
  • Manta Rota  (amphibious chair)
  • Lota  (amphibious chair)
  • Monte Gordo (amphibious chair)
  • Santo António  (amphibious chair)


  • Pego Fundo (amphibious chair)


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With 200 km of Algarve coastline, there are almost too many beaches and coves to count and there are certainly too many Algarve beaches to cover here. However, you can find general information about what the beaches are like in central, western and eastern Algarve.  You can also find out why it is such an honour when Algarve beaches receive the Blue Flag award and read about the ‘Accessible Beaches’ scheme, which makes choosing a suitable so much easier, particularly for disabled people.

In general, whatever you are looking for in a beach, you can be assured that the Algarve has a beach perfect for you!

Loulé Municipality encompasses an extensive coastline, offering about 13.5 km with fine golden sand beaches, long hours of sunshine, a pleasant climate average, sea water temperatures around 22°C and some of the best tourist facilities in the Algarve and the country.

On the coast the main areas that stand out are Vilamoura with its marina and for its quality and sophistication; the luxurious resorts of Vale do Lobo, Dunas Douradas and Quinta do Lago; thirteen excellent golf courses, as well as vast natural areas of pine woods, marshes and dunes, all included in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, where nature hikes and bird watching are widely practised.

The beach areas of Vilamoura, Quarteira, Forte Novo, Almargem, Loulé Velho, Vale do Lobo, Garrão-West, Garrão-East, Ancão and Quinta do Lago warrant the Blue Flag distinction coveted award of environmental quality and safety. Therefore the entire coastal region offers excellent conditions for bathing and leisure.

There is a wide range of beach restaurants and bars to chose from and a great way to end the day dining at the beach watching beautiful sunsets the Algarve has to offer.

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