Travel Guide - Beaches - Eastern Algarve, Portugal  Beaches - Eastern Algarve, Portugal

All the beaches of the Eastern Algarve are long, golden sand beaches with clear water which is the warmest in Portugal. They are also EU Blue Flag beaches. Between Faro and Manta Rota, the beaches lie on a chain of 5 low islands: Barreta (Deserta), Culatra, Armona, Tavira and Cabanas, and on the Manta Rota Peninsula. All form a part of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. All can be reached by small ferries. There is invariably plenty of empty space on these beaches if you walk for 5 minutes, even in high season. Topless bathing is acceptable in all areas. Nude bathing is acceptable anywhere outside the busy areas. Between Manta Rota and Vila Real, the beaches adjoin the land and consequently are busier and more built up. Even then, with the beach being an unbroken stretch from Cacela to Vila Real, there is still plenty of space for all.

Fuzeta beach: Clear water at Fuzeta barra beach Fuzeta beach

Lagoon or ocean ? Left or right ? Those are your choices at Fuzeta...

Barril beach: Barril beach looking west Barril beach

Trains, anchors and miles of sand...

Santa Luzia beach: The cool cafe on St Luzia beach Santa Luzia beach

Santa Luzia's hidden secret

Tavira beach: Clear water at Tavira beach Tavira beach

Fun in the sun in season, warm and welcoming in winter

Culatra Beach: View to Farol along Culatra beach Culatra Beach

Most people don't make the effort so miss a jem...

Cabanas beach: Looking east from the pier Cabanas beach

Not just a beach, an entire island.

Manta Rota beach: Volleyball on Manta Rota beach Manta Rota beach

Drive, dive and always alive...

Lote beach: High tide at Lote beach Lote beach

The quieter sister to Manta Rota

Armona beach: Bem Vindo - Welcome to Armona Armona beach

An island, a village and miles of ocean and lagoon beach...

Praia Verde beach: Sun shades on Praia Verde beach Praia Verde beach

Check the view before hitting the beach...

Cabeco Beach: Parasols on Cabešo beach Cabeco Beach

Easy to get to yet hidden away...

Vila Real beach: Vila Real beach to Monte Gordo Vila Real beach

The last stretch of beach in Portugal...

Faro beach: Sand, sea and sky at Faro beach Faro beach

Yes, even Faro has its own fabulous long beach...

Fabrica beach

Fßb-ulous beacháto the end of the 'island'...

Ilha Desserta beach

'Desserta' by name, desserta by nature...

Farol beach

Great lighthouse, and the beach isn't bad either...

Monte Gordo beach

Resort beach where bodies abound...

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