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Award-winning Beaches

Award-winning Beaches

The Algarve possesses some of the most beautiful beaches in the world with fine sand and crystal-clear water.  This is a natural treasure whose value has been increased by facilities which stand out for their quality, comfort and safety. With long stretches of coastline, the Algarve seeks to strike a balance between quality amenities for visitors and natural values, so that beaches can be enjoyed in full by all who use them.

Whatever your preference, you can find beaches that will cater for every taste and need, and which fulfil demanding Blue Flag criteria set by the EU.  To prove it, there is a growing number of award-winning beaches every year hoisting the Blue Flag. This guarantees that clean sand, water quality, standards of environmental management and safety are respected.

Supporting the Blue Flag criteria, there is a further beach classification standard called the Gold Standard, which is awarded to resorts that have achieved the above high standard for five consecutive years, based on tests conducted by the Portuguese Management of the Coast and Coastal Waters, following national and EU directives.  More and more resorts in the Algarve are achieving this award.

These are standards which fill visitors with the confidence that they can use the beaches of the region throughout the year, owing to the Algarve’s constant compliance with the regulations, but also because of its investment in Nature Conservation and the protection of the environment.


Clean beaches

During the year, the Algarve invests in making beaches attractive...

Gold Standard beaches

Approximately half of the beaches achieving Gold Standards are in the Algarve...

Blue flag beaches

With the highest number of beaches attaining the distinction of the Blue Flag...

Award-winnig Marinas

Marinas and other leisure resorts flying the Blue Flag demonstrate their adherence to the standards of environmental...

Updated on: 19-01-2018

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