Did you know?

The Algarve is the most southerly region of Portugal and has some of the best beaches in the world. Between Sagres in the Western Algarve, with its towering cliffs and rocky outcrops, to Vila Real de San Antonio in the Eastern Algarve, with its undulating sand dunes and gentle approaches, there are over 200 km of superb golden sandy beaches.


This year the list of Blue Flag beaches has increased yet again to 85 first class, safe beaches. The coveted Blue Flag is an ecolabel award for beaches and marinas with good practices in terms of water quality, environmental management, safety & services, and environmental education. The four main marinas in the Algarve have also achieved this award too.

You can recognise the award-winning beaches as they are all clearly marked with the Blue Flag emblem. Of these 85 pristine beaches, 61 also have the Accessibility Flag as do all four of the Marinas – Albufeira, Vilamoura, Lagos and Portimao. These beaches and marinas have been adapted specifically for people with reduced mobility.