Golden sand all to yourself
In the Algarve, you can enjoy the sun and the sea on quiet and practically deserted beaches such as the Vale dos Homens and Carriagem, which are located in wild areas near sources of fresh water and access is by difficult trails with steep descents.
Vale Figueiras, situated in a cove south of Aljezur, is a beach with easier access and great natural beauty, exactly what you’d expect to find in the best preserved area of Europe.
Continuing along the south coast, Murracão Beach emerges as a paradise which is separated from Amado Beach by a rocky buttress. The last beach on the west coast before Cabo de São Vicente (St Vincent’s Cape) is Telheiro which is a pleasant area, sheltered from the winds, but with difficult access.
On the south coast, Furnas Beach is accessible through Zavial Beach, which is worth seeing because of the beauty of its cliffs and caves, formed through erosion.
In Albufeira, there is a small beach situated between the rocky cliffs, with neither facilities nor supervision. This is Arrifes Beach.
In Faro, an excellent beach is Barrinha which is accessible only by boat or on foot from Faro Mar Beach. Deserto Mar Island is not very breezy, but has calm sea and fine sand. Access to it is by boat.