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Algarve Coast – Windward (Barlavento) and Leeward (Sotavento)
The Windward coast (Barlavento) in the western part of the Algarve being composed by the municipalities of Albufeira, Lagoa, Portimão, Lagos and Vila do Bispo (in the coastal area), as well as Silves (coastal and inland), Alzejur (coastal and inland) and Monchique (inner zone).
The Leeward coast (Sotavento) represents the Algarve’s oriental zone and it’s composed of the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira, Vila Real de Santo António (in the coastal zone) and São Brás de Alportel, Alcoutim and Castro Marim (inner zone).
Barlavento coastline consists of sandy beaches with cliffs and rock formations of unmatched beauty with a yellow and red color. And also the most wonderful caves and natural arches, mostly accessible only by the sea.
One of the activities selected by the visitors in this area of the Algarve is a boat trip along the coast to explore nature.
Tourists can choose between half day or full day cruises (the last one includes lunch served at the beach) which are organized daily.
The warm climate of the Algarve allows this type of activity from April until November.
The diversity of beaches and great climate of this region are determining factors for the choice of this destination both by national and international tourists.
Some of the beaches of reference:
– Falésia beach with its impressing cliffs of strong tones that oscillate between red and white, ending in an extensive beach
– Olhos D’Água beach (the fishing village) with the famous fresh water springs sprouting from the sand
– Armação de Pêra beach
– Praia Grande as the previous it is also located in the county of Silves with a flora and fauna of great interest
– Carvalho beach in Lagoa which is essentially rocky
– Prainha in the municipality of Portimão and near the village of Alvor. This is a small beach with fine sand
– Dona Ana beach in Lagos which has been distinguished as one of the best beaches in the world in the specialty magazines
– Martinhal beach in Vila do Bispo and near the tip of Sagres
– Odeceixe beach in the coastal area of Alzejur
Sotavento coastline is composed by a different landscape of low sandy beaches with dunes which are associated to a greater marine erosion.
Some beaches of the Sotavento:
– Ancão beach is located in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa with extensive sand and dunes with aromatic plants
– beach of Faro desert island with access by boat
– Fuseta beach in Olhão
– beach of Cabanas island located in front of this village
– Cacela Velha beach which belongs to Vila Real de Santo António