By Jens Heijkoop.
Praia de Odeceixe – Mar
An absolute winner for nature lovers like myself. Also known as the first beach of the Algarve, Odeceixe beach is really something special. The river Seixe is in constant battle over water and land with the Atlantic Ocean so the beach will transform in all shapes and sizes during the day. You can experience a nice stroll along the river side or on top of the cliffs and spot some beautiful white storks. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous grab a stand-up paddle or kayak and had down all the way to the city center of Odeceixe. The river offers also a safe place to let the little ones dip their feet in the water while you can enjoy a nice gentle surf, you can check ‘windguru odeceixe’ for the conditions. There are a few bars and lunchrooms around so you can enjoy some nice Portuguese seafood and if you forget your surfboard ‘no worries’ as there is a small rental shop right on the beach.
Praia da Amoreira
Both the beach and the Aljezur river are of an enormous size so there is plenty enough space to escape the crowds. The river is covered by sand dunes that can offer a great natural barrier if the wind plays up. It also provides for an ideal place for children or adults who are a bit tired of fighting the powerful Atlantic ocean and wanna have a more relaxed dip in the refreshing water. A long stretch of white wash in the Atlantic makes this place ideal for surfers who are just starting out. There are two restaurants, both on the opposite sides of the beach however split by the river so choose your road carefully when make you make a decision where to eat.
Praia de Monte Clérigo
A long stretch of sand with high cliffs overlooked by a small town. Surfing is slightly more for the experienced surfer due to the currents and reefs but there is an easy access to the water for a nice chilled dip. There is a restaurant right on the beach with a great view over the ocean ideal for a nice dinner at sunset. I even spotted some Dolphins here while surfing so you might be in for a treat. Disclaimer: Dolphins are wild animals so it wont be certain you will find them there.
Praia da Arrifana
A great beach with even better surf. It can be a bit crowded in the water but enough space for everyone due to the size of the bay. There is a certain ‘modern hippie’ vibe in Arrifana due to the amount of surf schools that attracts many surf dudes and dudettes. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and even some nice music festivals if you are there in the right period.
Praia da Bordeira
The longest beach in the Western part of the Algarve. An endless beach ideal for a great morning run or other activities. Due to it size you may find plenty enough space on the beach and in the water. Great surf conditions for both beginners and the intermediate surfer. A small kiosk on the beach can provide you with a light meal while soaking up the sun and some beach fun!