Image galleries of the finest and most popular beaches on the Algarve coast: Eastern Algarve ("Sotavento"), Ria Formosa, Golden Triangle, Western Algarve ("Barlavento"), Costa Vicentina
The mild, almost Mediterranean climate of the Algarve and the fantastic coastline of around 200 km with over 150 great beaches have contributed in making the Algarve the most popular holiday region in Portugal. The rocky coast of the Western Algarve (“Barlavento Algarvio”) between Albufeira and Lagos with dramatic rock formations, beautiful sandy beaches, hidden grottos and rocky bays has particularly contributed to the Algarve’s image as perfect holiday destination. The Eastern Algarve (“Sotavento Algarvio”) from the Spanish border to the lagoon landscape of the Ria Formosa with endless flat and broad sandy beaches is ideal for families with little children. The lonely western coast, the so called “Costa Vicentina” between Sagres and Aljezur, exposed to the wind from the Atlantic, is popular with surfers, paraglider and other extreme sportsmen as well as with lovers of unspoilt nature. Actuall, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) has awarded more than 350 facilities (beaches and marinas) in Portugal, more than 90 of them in the Algarve, the “Blue Flag” for quality of water, sanitary installation, parking place, lifeguard and other available services.