Swimming in the Algarve - where can you go?
Looking to enjoy a spot of swimming during your Algarve getaway? While our fabulous villas offer private pools, we understand many people like a bit of adventure!
Hold onto your swim caps because we're about to embark on an ultimate guide to swimming in the blue waters of the Algarve. Picture this: crystal-clear seas bordered by golden cliffs and hidden coves, with the sound of nature in your ear. Sounds like pure bliss to us!
SandyBlue has put together some tips and recommendations for all those water babies out there. Grab a towel and let's take a dive!
The top Algarve beaches for swimming
Of course, the famous and award-winning beaches are an obvious choice for those looking for a swim in nature. Before we share some popular spots and hidden gems, we want to share a quick safety guide. In Portugal, there is a flag system on the beaches to let tourists know if the water is safe or if the beach is supervised.
A red flag signals that you should stay out of the water completely. A yellow flag means swimming is not advised, but paddling is allowed. Green flags mean that it's time to swim. Finally, a blue and white chequered flag means that the beach is temporarily without a lifeguard. Now we have this covered, here are some recommendations...
- Benagil Cave: You can walk, swim, or join a boat, kayak, or SUP tour to reach the cave. It really is like a private paradise. However, it is strongly recommended that you only swim to the cave is you're a strong and confident swimmer.
- Praia da Fábrica: A beach of unmatched beauty in Cacela Velha. Since the water is transparent and quite warm, it is a top choice for a swim. During low tide, you can see some natural pools and lagoons on the beach.
- Barreta Island/Ilha Deserta: The boat picks tourists up at the Porta Nova pier and the crossing to the Deserta island is made in around 40 minutes. This beach is considered one of the best kept in terms of preserving the natural surroundings. It offers lots of peace and is great for a swim!
- Barrinha Beach: Another hidden gem! Through a wooden walkway, from Faro beach, you can go on foot to Barrinha beach, located at the Ancão peninsula. Access by boat is also possible. It is considered more isolated, so a relaxing swim is guaranteed. It is also a popular spot for paddle boarders, bird-watchers and many other water sports.
- Praia do Paraíso: Nestled in Carvoeiro, this beach lives up to its name! This cove is within easy reach, as there’s a long staircase down to the cliff. Find a nice spot and enjoy a swim in crystal clear waters.
If the sea isn't your favourite...
If being covered in sand after your swim is an absolute no-no, don't worry. There are so many hidden gems where you can enjoy a swim in nature.
- Queda do Vigário, Alte: Alte is a village and civil parish in the municipality of Loulé, offering a truly special swimming hole. Discover the Algarve’s largest waterfall, situated just 2 kilometres from Alte at Queda Vigario. The waterfall cascades into an idyllic oval pond, creating an inviting haven for swimmers.
- Cascata do Pego do Inferno: Located near Tavira, this waterfall is a great alternative to busy beaches in the Golden Triangle. The green lagoon offers a nice swim and a breathtaking environment.
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