Life’s a beach

by Central Magazine

Take you pick from incredible beaches in the Algarve, perfect at any time of the year.

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Praia do Barril
Head to Tavira to find a beach that boasts not only an anchor graveyard but also a little train to take you over to the golden sands! Hop on the, train which departs from the Pedras d’El Rei tourist village, or if you fancy stretching your legs then you can walk the 1.5km until you come across the beach.

Praia de Benagil
You actually don’t really come to this beach to stay on the beach (although it is lovely in its own right!), you come here to visit the famous Benagil cave, an incredible cave only accessible by the sea that has a sandy beach inside and a hole in the top of it to let the light in – don’t forget you camera for this one.

Praia do Amado
Get your surf on at this stunning beach on the west coast of the Algarve near to Aljezur. If you like your beaches rugged and natural then this is the perfect place for you and there are numerous trails along the cliff tops to explore this wonderful area of the Algarve.

Praia de Vale do Lobo
The beach is located in the golden triangle of the Algarve and this is the place to see and be seen, with the jet set regularly planting their towels on the sand. The beach itself is enormous and there is also a great selection of beach bars and restaurants all along it.

Praia Grande
As the name would suggest, this beach in Ferragudo in the central Algarve is a big beach! The special feature of this beach is that it is very sheltered thanks to the river Arade running along one side. The sand here is fine and golden and the water is calm, making it ideal for small children or anyone looking for a quick paddle.

Praia da Armona
This beach takes a little more effort to get to but it is well worth it! You need to first catch a ferry from Olhão to take you across the water to Armona Island where you will then find a gorgeous selection of beaches around the tiny island which is only nine kilometres in length and one kilometre wide.

Praia da Marinha
Located in the central Algarve, only a short drive from Carvoeiro, Marinha beach is a picture perfect example of the rocky cliffs and caves along this stretch of the coast. Make your way down the steps and be greeted at the bottom with this small but perfectly formed cove beach, complete with stacks in the water. This is an Instagram dream with the crystal clear waters, golden sands and stunning cliffs. 

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