Portugal is famed all over the world for its beautiful, sandy beaches, and the extremely popular ones of the Algarve are just the beginning. A vast array of relatively undiscovered, tranquil and charming beaches are in no short supply across the country, tucked away from the busier, more high-profile areas.
Praia de Amado
With stunning cliffs acting as the backdrop to this wonderful beach, Praia de Amado is undoubtedly a great place to start your holiday in Portugal. Thereâ€™s a chance to take a look in the rock pools during periods of low tide (not to mention charming little coloured stones there for you to collect). This is the ideal place to drink in the breath-taking views, or sit back and relax whilst you watch surfing enthusiasts take on Praia de Amadoâ€™s exciting waves.
Fonte de Telha
Fonte de Telha is perfect for a campervan trip. Youâ€™ll be able to drive right up to the beach and watch the sunset from the comfort of their own bed. Restaurants and bars offer the ideal place for an evening drink to enjoy the beauty of the sun going down, all in blissfully tranquil surroundings.
Samoqueira Beach, Porto CÃ´vo
The next stop on your holiday in Portugal has to be Samoqueira Beach. This hidden, uncrowded haven is nearby the charming Porto CÃ´vo village, with its enticing streets and traditional buildings. Take a trip to the town and enjoy something fresh from the local bakeries, then head to this gorgeous beach and explore its surrounding caves and rocks.
Praia do Barranco
Referred to as â€˜The Secret Beachâ€™, Praia do Barranco is the ideal place to find some peaceful relaxation as youâ€™re unlikely to see more than a dozen or so people at any one time. Its soft white sand offers the perfect escape for any traveller looking to get away from the crowds. Heaven on earth!
Praia de Galapinhos
Praia de Galapinhos has been recommended by some as one of Europeâ€™s most beautiful beaches. Whether youâ€™re looking for a quiet stroll or a hike during your holiday in Portugal, it offers some excellent walking trails.
How to Get There
Airports across the UK offer reasonably-priced flights into Faro or Porto Airport, with huge savings to be made if you book well in advance of your holiday in Portugal. The flight time tends to be between two and two and half hours.
Pre-booking a private shuttle transfer directly to your accommodation from the airport will make the final leg of your journey completely hassle-free. Not only is this a cost-effective way to travel, but it will also take you door to door without having to think about anything â€“ leaving you more time to enjoy your trip and relax on the beautiful beaches!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you're heading off on a relaxing holiday in Portugal, pre-book a direct transfer to your hotel or accommodation. Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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