Top Five Beaches In Portugal

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Europe is graced with hundreds of beautiful beaches from the popular hotspots to more secluded hideaways in countries like Italy, Spain and France. Many people though forget that Portugal has no shortage of relaxing seaside retreats, including these top five favorite beaches. The problem isn’t finding a beach; it’s deciding which beaches to visit during Directline holidays to Portugal. That’s where this helpful little guide should prove helpful.


Vila Praia da Ancora

Known as a surfer’s paradise, the ocean waves that crash onshore are considered perfect for riders, both professionals and amateurs. If surfing isn’t your thing, then consider grabbing a bite to eat and a cocktail as you watch the sun slowly set beneath the waves at any number of excellent beach-front restaurants.

Praia da Arrifana

I love history, which is why I think taking the scenic walk along to the Arabian Arifana fort is one of the best activities in Praia da Arrifana. The history surrounding this majestic site is amazing and it’s easy to pretend you’ve gone back in time. If the water is your thing, then there are a number of local shops from which you can rent a body board so you can cruise along at your own pace on top of the brilliant blue water.

Praia dos Pescadores

This is a favorite haunt for anyone who wants to get away from it all. There are a number of excellent luxury hotels that provide stunning ocean views where you can pretend you’re a movie star, if only for a few days. In the evening just sit back with an icy cold beer and watch the show as the multicolored sunset reflects on the waters.


Long considered a well kept secret by the locals of Southern Portugal, more and more tourists are discovering this hideaway on their own. The consistently sunny weather and amazing views make it easy to believe no one wanted this place to be found. If you want to keep out of the sun for a few hours, head over to nearby Tavira lighthouse.

Praia da Marinha

I love spending time on the beach, but being in the water is what really gets me excited. Actualy, being under the water is what I enjoy most and this is perfect beach for anyone who loves to snorkel as much as I do. Just beneath the water’s surface you will find a colorful array of anemones, shrimp and fish in a thousand vibrant colors. After a morning of exploring the waters, head back to shore for a low key, but delicious Mediterranean picnic.

These are some of my favorite beaches in Portugal, what are yours?



Note: this post was brought to you in partnership with Directline Holidays. As always, all views above are mine.
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By: Matt Long

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One Response

  1. Lesley Peterson

    I had no idea that there were so many diverse beaches there. The snorkelling sounds marvelous. I love Portuguese food so your post has got me seriously thinking…!


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