Our last week in Portugal my boyfriend and I spent in Algarve and Alentejo. We rented a car and drove down from Lisbon, which took around 3 hours.
We spent most of our time there exploring beaches and the day before flying back to Sweden, we surfed for the very first time.
I can’t recommend Portugal enough. People are so friendly and almost everyone speak English, the wine is great, weather is perfect and the landscape changes throughout the country in a way I didn’t expect.
As most of the beaches on the Algarve coast, Praia de Benagil is stunning. It’s surrounded by beautiful cliffs and the water is so clear. You can take a boat trip and explore the famous Benagil cave.
This beach is quite touristic because it’s located in a village, but still beautiful.
Praia dos Caneiros is a semi-long beach with a giant rock sticking up from nowhere. It was very calm when we got there in the afternoon.
This beach is hands down the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. It’s a tiny beach and you have to walk down a lot of stairs before you can reach it, but if you manage to get a space, it’s so worth it.
The ultimate surf beach, dramatic scenery and good waves. It’s located just below the cliffs of Sagres, also known as "The End of the World".
This beach is really cool, it’s situated at the mouth of the Rio de Seixe and right on the border between the Algarve and the Alentejo. The river goes around the beach, making it feel like it’s surrounded by water.
A very calm beach, smaller than Praia da Cordoama next to it and with large cliffs surrounding it.
In the small town of Vila Nova de Milfontes, where the Rio Mira meets the Atlantic Ocean, there’s a gorgeous horse shoe beach. The water is so calm and peaceful, but the beach almost disappears with the tide.
If you want more tips on Portugal, see Lisbon City Guide – to drink & eat, Lisbon City Guide – to do and Lisbon City Guide – to see.