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Europe’s Best Beach Destination

Europe’s Best Beach Destination

The Algarve’s beaches are greatly appreciated and have won international awards, helping to make the region a top tourist destination. Enjoy a holiday in Europe’s best beach destination. We’re waiting to welcome you.

When the time comes for you to choose the best holiday destination, it’s only natural that you would want to know the opinions not only of your friends but also of magazines, blogs and specialist websites. And there’s one word that will definitely be found among the top suggestions: “Algarve”, a region with dozens of beaches that have won many international prizes and awards over the years.

Two hundred kilometres of golden sandy beaches stretching for as far as the eye can see, with crystal-clear waters and incomparable scenery. The Blue Flag, indicating high standards in such criteria as water quality, safety, cleanliness and the variety of services offered, is flown at 88 of the region’s beaches. Of these, 47 are accessible beaches. It is this scenario that has put the Algarve firmly among the top international tourism rankings, with a particular emphasis on certain beaches in the region that are unanimously considered to be real gems. This recognition serves as more than a simple reference; it constitutes a valuable aid for when you are looking for the safest and most suitable holiday destination for your needs.

In 2017, the Algarve was once again voted Best European Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards, the “Oscars” of tourism, a prize which the region had previously won in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Individually, Falésia Beach in Albufeira and Praia da Rocha in Portimão were ranked among the top 25 European beaches in TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveller’s Choice awards. And the world’s biggest travel website lists eight other Algarve beaches in Portugal’s Top 10: Falésia, São Rafael and Galé (Albufeira), Camilo and Meia Praia (Lagos), Praia da Rocha (Portimão), Marinha (Carvoeiro) and Odeceixe (Aljezur). And these are just a few of the many awards that the Algarve’s heavenly beaches have won in recent years.

The more general but nevertheless highly influential international website, the “Huffington Post”, actually went so far as to refer to the Ponta da Piedade area near Lagos as being “probably the world’s prettiest beach.” But if you are still unconvinced, then what could be better than seeing for yourself? Grab your bathing suit and sunglasses and get going. The Algarve’s beaches await your visit


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