Sun and sea as far as the eye can see
Bordered by golden sand dunes, which are followed by cliffs carved out by erosion, the vast sandy beaches of the central Algarvian coastline are the most popular in the Algarve. Some of these include Rocha Baixinha, Vale do Lobo, Garrão, Ancão and Quinta do Lago.
Some beaches are also quite built up, as is the case of Quarteira and Falésia, but with long, unending stretches of sand.
The barrier islands of the Formosa Estuary have sand spits of dazzling sand which start at Quinta do Lago, continue all the way through to Faro and Olhão and end in Tavira, only broken by natural inlets.
Beyond the Formosa Estuary, broad stretches of sandy beach continue up to the mouth of the Guadiana River. Hence, Alagoa (or Altura), Verde, Cabeço and Monte Gordo form a continuous line, following the curve of the Bay of Monte Gordo, bordered by pine forests. These are some of the most beautiful beaches on the Algarvian Coast.
Bathed by the warmest waters of the entire Portuguese coast and made up of fine, white sand, these beaches boast a warm climate and gentle waves. Safe and with good amenities, and with small towns in which traditional regional architecture is very much present, this coastal belt is an excellent choice for quality holidays.