The Algarve is a region in southern Portugal known for its beautiful beaches. With over 150 miles of coastline, the Algarve offers a wide variety of beach destinations to suit every taste and preference. Whether you’re looking for a quiet, secluded spot to relax, or a bustling beach with plenty of activities and amenities, you’ll find it in the Algarve.

One of the most popular beaches in the Algarve is Praia da Rocha. Located near the town of Portimão, this beach is known for its stunning golden sand and crystal clear waters. The beach is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports, and there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops nearby for visitors to enjoy.

Another popular beach in the Algarve is Praia da Marinha. Located near the town of Lagoa, this beach is known for its striking rock formations and crystal clear waters. The beach is a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, and diving, and there are several nearby restaurants and cafes where visitors can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a refreshing drink.

Praia da Falésia is another popular beach in the Algarve. Located near the town of Albufeira, this beach is known for its beautiful red cliffs and golden sand. The beach is a popular spot for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports, and visitors can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a drink at the several nearby restaurants and bars.

In addition to its beautiful beaches, the Algarve also offers a variety of other attractions for visitors to enjoy. The region is home to several world-class golf courses, including the famous Vilamoura Golf Course. The Algarve also has a rich cultural heritage, with several historical landmarks and museums worth visiting. And for those looking to experience the vibrant nightlife of the region, the Algarve has a wide variety of bars, clubs, and restaurants to choose from.

Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, play a round of golf, or explore the local culture, the Algarve has something for everyone. So why not pack your bags and head to the Algarve for your next beach vacation? You won’t be disappointed.

Vilalara Thalassa Resort

1 - Vilalara Thalassa Resort ★★★★★

Praia das Gaivotas - Alporchinhos Porches, 8400-450 Armação de Pêra, Portugal

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Located on cliffs overlooking Praia das Gaivotas and the Atlantic Ocean, Vilalara Thalassa Resort features a luxurious spa, 6 outdoor pools and 2 restaurants. Spacious suites are surrounded by extensive landscaped gardens and 4 tennis courts.

The air-conditioned guest rooms have private balconies overlooking the gardens, the sea or the pool. Free WiFi, satellite TV and a large seating area are offered in all rooms.

Guests can enjoy thalassotherapy treatments and hot stone massages at the spa. A sauna and a Turkish bath are featured. Vilalara Thalassa offers a fitness centre and yoga classes.

The B&G Restaurant is a low-calorie restaurant offering gourmet Portuguese cuisine and a buffet breakfast. The Terrace Grill is a seasonal restaurant providing seafood and summer barbecues. Tonic Lounge Bar has sea views from its poolside location.

What people say about Vilalara Thalassa Resort Superb - 9.2

“The pool areas , beach , restaurants are all fantastic. Food and wine very good. Staff were friendly. It is a lovely hotel in a beautiful location.”

“IMPRESSIVE !!! This is the best resort I ever stayed at. Every single detail was taken care of. The location, the infrastructure, the staff... everything is perfect. Definitively two thumbs up!”

“Everything was above our expectations. We were a very big group with kids all ages included (18 total) and they kindly accommodated everyone's requirements. It is a very special place and the Hotel team made it even more unique.”

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Ria Park Hotel & Spa

2 - Ria Park Hotel & Spa ★★★★★

Vale do Lobo, 8135-951 Vale do Lobo, Portugal

This property is 9 minutes walk from the beach. Located between Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago, this elegant 5-star hotel is a 10-minute walk from Garrão Beach. The Ria Park Hotel & Spa features a lagoon-style pool, free fitness centre and WiFi access.

The air-conditioned guest rooms have private balconies overlooking the gardens, the sea or the pool. Free WiFi, satellite TV and a large seating area are offered in all rooms.

The spacious air-conditioned rooms open to a balcony overlooking the tropical gardens or the Atlantic Ocean. Each room has a bathroom with marble countertops.

Featuring a terrace with unique views of the lush gardens, the Lusitano Restaurant serves signature dishes from the Executive Chef Gerhard Poz. After a dip in the pool, guests can enjoys snacks and cocktails from the Ria Pool Bar.

What people say about Ria Park Hotel & Spa Superb - 9.2

“The staff at this hotel are so helpful and friendly. The location of the hotel is ideal for nearby beach and bars and in easy walking distance. The bedrooms are spacious and all have balcony with lovely views.”

“Brilliant Location if you like the beach friendly staff Great breakfast choice Comfortable beds”

“A lovely hotel with a nice room. The hotel is a 10 minutes walk from the beach. Breakfast was great. Staff were very obliging and helpful.”

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Sao Rafael Atlantico

3 - Sao Rafael Atlantico ★★★★★

Sesmarias, 8200-917 Albufeira, Portugal

This property is 7 minutes walk from the beach. Overlooking the sea, Sao Rafael Atlantico is an ultra modern 5-star complex with direct and private access to São Rafael Beach. It features 2 indoor heated pools, an extensive spa, and sunbath decking lounges.

Opening out onto private terraces, the bright and airy rooms at Sao Rafael Atlantico offer ocean or extensive garden views. Rooms are decorated in soft tones with minimal designer furnishings. En suite bathrooms include power showers and free toiletries. All rooms come with free WiFi access.

There is 1 buffet dining room, and an à la carte restaurant, featuring Mediterranean specialities in a sophisticated and intimate environment.

The gym is well-equipped for cardio and fitness and there are 3 outdoor swimming pools.

What people say about Sao Rafael Atlantico Fabulous - 8.7

“Loved the location beautiful beach, amazing breakfast and staff was very friendly!”

“The lobby and outside facilities seem new and modern. Great view and live music in the rooftop bar.”

“Lovely stay as a couple for one week in this hotel. It was exactly what we had expected.”

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Hotel da Rocha

4 - Hotel da Rocha ★★★★

Av. Tomás Cabreira - Praia Da Rocha, 8500-802 Portimão, Portugal

This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Hotel da Rocha provides immediate access to Praia Da Rocha Beach. It features suites with a contemporary design offering beach or land views. The hotel provides free WiFi throughout and 24-hour reception services.

The spacious, bright suites of the Rocha Hotel feature air conditioning, king-size beds and a sofa bed. There is a living area fitted with flat-screen cable TV, private bathroom with bathtub and a hairdryer. The rooms open out onto a balcony and are equipped with air conditioning.

Facilities of the property include an outdoor swimming pool, a bar serving drinks and tapas, fitness room with cardio equipment, massage room and underground parking, as well. Guests may enjoy a buffet dinner, upon previous request and at an extra fee.

What people say about Hotel da Rocha Superb - 9.0

“Great big room and modern decor. Wonderful staff who were always helpful. Quite busy but it means all is close. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and all the little cafes - both on the slope towards the beach as well as the numerous beach cafes on the boardwalk...”

“Staff were incredible, location superb will be back”

“It have lovely clean beautiful hotel in a fantastic location.”

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Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

5 - Penina Hotel & Golf Resort ★★★★★

PO Box 146 - Penina, 8501-952 Portimão, Portugal

Set within expansive, lush gardens, this 5-star resort in the Algarve is 5 km from Portimão and the city of Lagos. Penina Hotel & Golf Resort features a selection of sports and leisure facilities, including 3 golf courses and a large outdoor swimming pool.

The rooms at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort are filled with natural light and have plush beds with white linens. Some open onto balconies and feature seating areas. Many overlook the pool area.

Luxurious leisure amenities include massage treatments, a sauna, a well-equipped fitness centre, 5 on site tennis courts. For younger guests, Penina Hotel & Golf Resort features a Children's Club, which offers weekly programmes with a selection of leisure and sporting activities.

What people say about Penina Hotel & Golf Resort Vry Good - 8.5

“Service was superb, very accommodating and understanding of our young family. Pool was awesome - we went in peak season and it did not feel busy at all due to the size of the pool facilities.”

“Room, pool, golf, tennis, kids place. Everything was top!”

“Very comfortable and up to date, while vintage at the same time - quite unique combination. Very clean - they check your room twice a day. Great breakfast and landscape, including a wonderful swimming pool and an endless golf course great for morning walks.”

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