Every year, millions of sun-starved tourists head to Portugal’s beautiful Algarve coastline to soak up some rays, catch the surf and indulge in the local seafood. But where do you go if you want to avoid the masses?
Who better to ask than four of the web’s leading insiders on travel in Portugal. They’ve been kind enough to share their favourite ‘secret beaches’ with Travel Edits.
Sergio Rebelo, Salt of Portugal:
Salema Beach: Our favorite Algarve beach is Salema. It is off the beaten path, a long strip of sand adorned by turquoise water. We love to walk on the sand during low tide, watching the fishing boats and looking for seashells. Or to sit in a rustic coffee shop by the sea, reading a book, cooled by the perfect breeze.
Julie Fox, Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal:
Praia da Ingrina: I found Praia da Ingrina by accident when I made a detour on my way to Sagres on the EN125. A brown sign at Raposeira encouraged to turn left but I had no idea there would be a small, sheltered cove at the end of the road. It was a warm April day so the beach was deserted except for a guy in a wetsuit. Even in the height of summer, this is one of the less crowded spots in the Algarve.
As well as a small, sandy beach, there are plenty of rock pools to explore and it’s also possible to hire kayaks or go paddle boarding if you need to do more than sit back and relax or go for a swim. Restaurante do Sebastião is the only restaurant at this beach and serves reasonably priced meals and snacks under the shade of palm trees.
How to get to Praia da Ingrina:
Praia da Ingrina is easily reached – simply follow the signposts from the traffic lights at Raposeira, on the road to Sagres. A short, 4km drive takes you through scenic countryside also past some interesting ancient ‘standing stones’. A car park is located on the opposite side of the beach.
Visitors should take care while walking to Praia da Ingrina as it is not considered an “accessible beach”. There are no boarded pathways and there are no steps to the beach from the road – definitely off the beaten track, but worth it.
Ana Silva O’ Reilly, Mrs O Around the World:
Pine Cliffs Beach: My favourite beach in the Algarve is not totally secret – but to be fair, not accessible to all. In Albufeira’s massive Falesia
How to get to Pine Cliffs Beach:
If travelling from Faro, take the A22 motorway direction “Oeste Norte/Lisboa. Leave at exit no 2 in the direction of Boliqueime. Next, follow the N270 towards Poco de Boliqueime. When you arrive at the traffic lights, turn to the left onto the EN125 road in the direction of Faro. Follow the EN125 until you reach the end of the village of Maritenda. Turn to the right after 800m towards Albufeira. You will then see signs for Sheraton Algarve/Pine Cliffs Resort.
Célia Pedroso, Eat Portugal:
A huge thank you again to our experts for revealing these hidden gems. Now just promise not to tell too many people!