Thursday, 10 March 2011

Algarve's Best Kept Secrets

The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal. The area is known for yielding some the best seafood and fresh fruit in the region, but another popular "export" is the region's beautiful beaches. There are more than 70 that are considered "blue flag" or among the best. Those straying from the most popular beaches can still find some hidden treasures that aren't so crowded, but still offer plenty to enjoy and are not too far from the area's many hotels.

Praia da Batata
The beach at Praia da Batata is literally a great little hide away nestled among cliffs and offers a breath-taking view. The deep blue water and rich, sandy beach is ideal for a casual stroll or casual swim. This beach is just a five minute walk away from Lagos' historic center.

Praia da Mareta
The beach at Praia da Mareta is a great place to take it easy. Visitors will find a restaurant and beach bar (known as "the Raposo") along with a spacious, sandy beach with cliffs on each side to provide shelter for sunbathers. This beach is easily accessible by walking from the Vila de Sagres or visitor's can park at the cliffs.

Praia da Cordoama
The beach at Praia da Cordoama is a spacious area with plenty of room for taking casual walks or wading in the water or striking up a game of volleyball. The calm waves are another nice feature of this beach, making it ideal for families.

Praia do Odeceixe
The beach at Praia do Odeceixe are protected by majestic mountains and guarded from winds to the north and south. There is plenty of space to find your own private location to enjoy the beauty of the sand and surf.

Praia do Vale de Centeanes
The beach at Praia do Vale de Centeanes is just east of Carvoeiro. Visitors can access this book via foot on a row of stone steps. This beach, nestled among steep rocks, offers an amazing view with the feel of a secluded getaway.

Praia da Ingrina
The beach at Praia da Ingrina is known as one of "most romantic beaches in the world." This beach, close to Faro Airport, is easily accessed from EN125. A number of activities and facilities will accommodate visitors to what is described as an incredibly beautiful, yet quiet beach.

Praia de Cabanas-Mar
The beach at Praia de Cabanas-Mar is beautiful island beach offering plenty of sun, sand and surf. This beach can be accessed by walking or a short car ride and isn't that crowded. A hidden gem for beach lovers.

Praia do Barril and Praia da Rocha Baixinha Poente are a few other hidden treasures in The Algarve for those looking to experience the fun of the beach without large crowds. Think of all of these beach locations as some of the best kept secrets of The Algarve.

Sergio writes about travel destinations and reviews hotels around the world.