Algarve Beach takes top spot in Trip Advisor Beach Awards
The 2019 ‘Top beaches in the world’ table as voted for by followers of Trip Advisor revealed that Falesia Beach is the number one beach in the Algarve. It’s also in the top 12 beaches world wide and the third best beach in Europe.
Praia da Falesia is a long, long strip of golden sand backed by stunning red cliffs, topped with dark green pine trees which contrast beautifully with the blue sky and turquoise waters of the Atlantic. Its exceptional beauty isn’t marred by holiday apartments but has been kept in its natural state.
There are miles and miles of beach to enjoy, stretching from Vilamoura in the east all the way to Olhos de Água (near Albufeira) in the west. Praia da Falésia actually means Beach of Cliffs and the startling beauty of these monumental, colourful formations is astounding.
Relax on the soft silky sand and take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear water. Or you could walk along the beach with the waves lapping your feet, it takes around two hours to do the whole 6km. Or perhaps you prefer to take the hiking trail from the top of the cliffs from where the views are spectacular (only do this on dry days, when it rains the trail can get slippery).
A tale of two beaches
Alfamar beach on the eastern side towards Vilamoura is enormous with shallow waters. It’s an especially good beach for families with kids. You can do lots of water sports here, from surfing to diving and paragliding. Vilamoura is a stylish resort town with lots of facilities and a marina complex. And, there are some great bars and restaurants there – for a fun beach atmosphere Beach Club, rua da Falesia, is super…
The cliffs are lower here but as you make your way west towards Albufeira the cliffs get higher and the beach gets narrower. Parts of the beach are very secluded, perfect for a tranquil day of swimming and relaxing.
A former fishing village, Albufeira is now a thriving tourist destination with lots of shops, bars, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife, and of course, a lovely sandy beach…
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