Want to spend a weekend by the beach but sick of the ocean of the Lisbon area? Have you ever thought to explore Algarve, the extreme south of Portugal?
What differentiates the most this area from the Lisbon one is the fact that water is generally warmer. However, also the coastline appears a bit different. To the west of Faro, in particular, it is featured by beaches protected by grottoes and rock formations.
The main attraction, indeed, are caves and beaches.
Travel to Algarve
Algarve is a bit far from Lisbon, therefore, to get there it will necessarily take at least 2 h 30 m by car or 3 h 30 by bus. The exact time depends on the destination chosen.
The most strategic city to stay for the night is probably Portimao, which is in the center of the region and is close to the main attractions.
Depending on the time at disposal, it is possible to visit different places, we will propose you the most famous ones.
Praia da Marinha
Praia da Marinha is probably the most famous beach of Algarve. Its fame is due to the fact that it has been declared as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in Europe by Michelin Guide. In addition to this, in 1998, it received the “Golden Beach” award by the Portuguese Ministry of the Environment.
Praia dos Três Irmãos
Another incredible beach is Praia dos Três Irmãos. Located in Alvor, it is famous for its stunning rock formations and the many hidden caves.
The last must-visit attraction in Algarve is definitely Benagil Caves. The particularity of this cave is the huge hole from which sunlight penetrates. To visit it, it is necessary to use the boat, which is not going to be difficult. Indeed, many boat tours leave from all the main cities in Algarve, usually including many other fascinating caves.
What’s more to say? If you want a relaxing and adventurous weekend by the beach, Algarve is the right place for you.