The Algarve is lucky to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, many of which have been awarded the exclusive "Blue Flag" eco-label.

Within easy drive of Casa Alegre are a wide range of different beaches to suit every taste, ranging from small coves with interesting rock formations, to vast stretches of sand, great for walking.

Here we have shared a few of our favourite beaches, to give you a flavour for what you can experience when staying at Casa Alegre.

Praia Marinha

This is one of the most beautiful and emblematic beaches of Portugal. In 1998 it was awarded the distinguished "Golden Beach" award by the Portuguese Ministry of the Environment due to its outstanding natural qualities. Here you can experience the quintessential Algarve beach cove a lick of sand nestled below stunning orange limestone cliffs, and calm waters interspersed by rocky outcrops.

Its location, together with the set of steps required to reach it, means the whole world doesnt flock there. The tranquil waters are perfect for snorkelling and, you can always head out to sea in a boat trip to explore the nearby caves. A small bar-restaurant is near the steps and operates in high season.

Best for: Photographers and snorkellers

Fishermans beach at Armação de Pêra

At the front of the town of Armação de Pêra is the Fishermans beach. As well as access to a beach with plenty of sunbeds/parasols and the town with all its restaurants and shops, you can also get a feel for the life of the Portuguese fisherman. There is an array of fishermen's huts with brightly painted fishing boats and usually some of the fishermen going about their daily tasks.

Best for: Easy access to town and restaurants. A slice of the fishermans life!

Praia Grande

Just down the coast from Armação de Pêra is Praia Grande, a vast stretch of sand that runs all the way to Albufeira. In the summer there are a few sun loungers and parasols for hire, but most of the beach is unoccupied. There are two beach bar/restaurants along this stretch, and it is a good location for wind and kite surfers.

Nestled behind the beach are the Pêra salt marches which offer a lovely board walk and the opportunity to spot a range of bird life including flamingoes. You can also see the sand dunes up close with their interesting flora and fauna.

Best for: Walkers and nature lovers

Praia da Senhora da Rocha

Nossa Senhora da Rocha (Our Lady of the Rocks) is a small cove beach flanked by cliffs which is particularly popular with young families. It is notable for the very small chapel on the cliffs (probably dating from 15th/16th centuries) above the beach. From here you get excellent views of Armação de Pêra and along the coast to Albufeira.

A tunnel has been excavated to link the beach with Praia Nova on the other side. There is a beach bar/restaurant serving good freshly caught fish, and some sun beds/parasols for hire in season.

Best for: Young families who want a sheltered cove, with some shade provided by the cliffs.

Algarve's World Class Beaches

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