Day 1-4: The Algarve Coast
Day 1: Arrive & Albufeira
Land in Faro Airport and pick up rented car.
•Marina de Albufeira - Go to the Marina and take a dolphin tour
•Explore Albufeira Old Town - The old town is so charming and beautiful.
•Praia do Barranco das Belharucas: Spectacular red/orange cliff view from the beach, with white clay and turquoise waters.
•Praia da Falésia: This beach is so unique with beautiful orange cliffs.
Day 2: Lagoa & Carvoeiro
•Sunrise at Praia da Marinha: One of the most popular spots in the Algarve and for a good reason. Sunsets here are magical.
•Hike The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail: You can do it either as a 3.5-mile (5.7 km) hike, and get a taxi/Uber on the way back or a 7-mile (11.4 km) return hike.
•Algar Seco: Man-made cave with two windows, benches, and a great view of the ocean. It is very accessible, and the whole area offers great views.
•Praia do Paraíso: Beautiful beach accessed by a series of stone steps.
•Praia dos Caneiros: This beach has beautiful a cave, cliffs, white sand, a rooftop bar, restrooms, and a great hike. It's pretty small so come early.
•Praia do Carvalho: Another great beach near Benagil cave. You have to walk down some steps through a tunnel to get to the beach.
Day 3: Alvor
•Sunrise at Praia dos Três Irmãos: This is one of our favorite beaches. Tucked away in Portimão, you'll find this beach with dramatic rock formations, pure golden sand, and clear blue water.
•Explore Benagil Cave: by Kayak, boat or SUP
•Ferragudo Old Town: The scenery in the small town is beautiful with pink flowers and coloful houses by the beach.
•Praia Nova: Praia Nova is a small beach near Praia da Senhora da Rocha on the Atlantic coast, Porches.
•Church of Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Rocha: A small and charming white Chapel on the top of a cliff overlooking beaches from both sides. Sunrises and sunsets are magical here.
•Sunset at Albandeira Beach: This beach has a stunning rock formation in the shape of an arch. There are plenty of cool caves nearby that you can explore. The beach is so quiet and secluded.
Day 4: Lagos & Sagres
•Sunrise at Praia dos Estudantes: This is one of Lagos’s most photographed beaches due to the famous Roman Bridge, which linked the mainland with Pinhao Fortress. It's called the Student beach because it’s a small beach that can fit a class of students
•Praia Dona Ana: This beach has golden sand and many beautiful shells. It is best to come for sunrise.
•Praia do Camilo: a very scenic beach, but quite narrow, so it gets busy very quickly. You can access 2 other small beaches from there. Before you go down to the beach, you can enjoy the view from above. It is stunning.
•Ponta da Camilo: A great viewpoint
•Ponta da Piedade: Once you park, you'll find a path with many steps that leads to a small platform in the ocean where you can rent a boat and explore caves. Walking down, you'll enjoy the beautiful view and natural arches. Take into consideration that if you come mid-day it gets very crowded and it isn't as magical.
•Old Town Lagos: Explore Old Town Lagos, it is a charming place filled with nightlife, restaurants, and gift shops.
•Sagres Fortress: Known as the edge of the world, this fortress was built to protect Portugal against the Moors. However, the original structure was severely damaged by the 1755 earthquake. It's got dramatic cliffs, a small church, a maze, and beautiful views. I would definitely recommend visiting if you're in the area, however, I wouldn't go out of my way to visit.
Entrance Fee: 3 Euro per person
Duration of stay: You'll need more than an hour to properly stroll around and see
•Cabo São Vicente: Considered the edge of the world, this spot is definitely worth visiting.
➟ Drive 2.5 hours from The Algarve to Lisbon