Famous over a long period
It was at the beginning of the 20th Century that the beaches of the Algarve were first discovered by Portuguese and foreign holidaymakers attracted by the pleasant climate, and the unique and diverse landscapes of the region.
Such was the case with a British visitor who was detained for loitering because he was taking long walks along the extensive sands of Praia da Rocha in Portimão, one of the hallmarks of the region. Today, it is a cosmopolitan centre with a beach boasting support facilities, satisfying the most demanding of standards and visitors.
In the 1940s, Eastern Algarve, Monte Gordo rose to prominence as one of the most exclusive beach resorts in the country. Protected by the bay, sand dunes and pine forest, its unpolluted sea water is the warmest along the entire coast, while its long sandy beach provides a safe environment for family holidays.
Armação de Pêra beach was a favourite of well-to-do families from the inland areas of both the Alentejo and the Algarve because of its excellent natural features, and it continues to draw many families for its extensive sandy beach and calm seas.
With the development of the travel industry, some 30 years ago Quarteira began its transformation from a simple picturesque fishing village to a tourist resort, becoming one of the most famous beaches in the Algarve. Fully renovated in the 1990s, its waterfront is a “must” for meeting friends and enjoying the full range of entertainment on offer.
The smart colours of the little traditional fishing boats anchored in the bay of Fishermen’s Beach (Praia dos Pescadores) adorned the first postcard of Albufeira, a city which is at the heart of the Algarvian Tourist Industry, where picturesque scenes go hand in hand with interesting landscapes and innumerable leisure activities for the whole family.