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Area (sq km): 91,950
Population: 10,524,145
Nationality: Portuguese
Local Name: Portugal
Language: Portuguese,
Time Zone: GMT
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Lisbon
Dialling Code: +351
Electricity: 220V/50Hz
Internet Code: .pt
Religion: Roman Catholic,
Climate: Mediterranean,
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Inoculations: None
Driving: Right
Int'l License: Not Required
Banking: M-F 8.30-15.00
Major Airports: Faro(FAO),

Algarve beaches and villas in Portugal

Discover the best beaches in Portugal; the Algarve beaches. Sunbathe at Costa do Sol by Estoril and Cascais, escape to secluded villas in Portugal and walk along the Costa de Beiras or Beiras beaches north of Lisbon.

Algarve beaches
Algarve beaches

La Costa do Sol

Not to be confused with the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, the Algarve beaches of the Costa do Sol occupies the stretch of perfect coastline west of Lisbon for approximately 32km. The seafront boasts a wide range of villas in Portugal and is sometimes called the Estoril Coast; named after one of its most popular resort towns, Estoril. Cascais is the other main resort in Costa do Sol and has fine sand beaches with plenty of amenities. They are Pescadores, Marchioness and Queen Beaches.

Carcavelos Beach and Guincho Beach

Carcavelos Beach is long, wide and attracts lots of surfers with is fantastic waves. Its view of the fortress St Julian of Barra provides the perfect back drop. Guincho Beach is an Atlantic beach facing rolling sand dunes. There are big breaks for surfing and grandiose caverns abound on the Costa do Sol. Tamariz is in Estoril where the rich and famous winter, and you can join them now by renting villas in Portugal.

Algarve beaches

Located at the southern tip of Portugal, the pristine Algarve beaches stretch for over 150km. Algarve beaches have gained such esteem because they are so plentiful, extremely beautiful and have a coastline that is beyond compare.

The unique coastline is marked by caves, grottoes and caverns resulting in the most romantic secluded beaches in Portugal. Choose from any one of our villas in Portugal to explore romantic coves and faultless Portugal beaches.

The island beach of Praia da Armona is quiet and lovely, while easily accessible. Windsurfers and spectators should head for the gorgeous sweeps of Meia Praia. This is a long beach around Baia de Lagos with conditions suited for wind and wave sports.

One of the Algarve beaches best loved by families is the Praia Verde. Near Faro, Praia da Ilha de Faro is usually packed and offers loads of watersports. Praia da Gale is close to Albuferia and is popular with scuba divers. And for rugged beauty, you simply can't beat the Praia da Rocha at Portimao.

Costa de Beiras Beaches

In central Portugal, just north from Lisbon, you will find the Beiras beaches. Not only is Portugal proud of these beaches, but all of Europe is envious of them. The Costa de Beiras is made of extensive gorgeous white sand beaches often backed by thick green pine forests.

The weather is very temperate making the Beiras beaches enjoyable in spring and into autumn. Praia de Leirosa and Praia de Espinho are two of the area’s beach gems. The busiest of beaches are found around Figueira da Foz and Buarcos.

Enjoy the sand under your feet along the beautiful Algarve beaches on la Costa do Sol. Find villas in Portugal near the more tranquil beaches of central Portugal such as Costa Nova do Prado and Praia de Mira, or plan your villa holiday further afield.

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