Postcard perfect Praia da Marinha
Like something out of the Jurassic Park films, the rock formations on the Praia da Marinha beach and the mist that often descends upon them, are out of this world. Twisted, worn and warped by the salty sea below, you’ll find no straight edge on these relics. Make sure you get a glimpse of the famous ‘M’ shaped rock, a regular star on most Algarve tourism guides and post cards – there’s little wonder this beach is considered by the Michelin Guide as one of the ‘10 most beautiful beaches in Europe’!
Don’t just observe them from the shoreline though, jump on a boat and explore the cave’s curves up close. There are dozens of boat trips available from Vilamoura, Albufeira and Portimao that will take you here, as well as small boats that leave from the village of Benagil (another stunning destination with grotto-like caves!).
Just a short walk from the beach is Praia da Senhora da Rocha, another beautiful beach cove, with the iconic Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha, a small, white chapel perched atop the sandy cliffs. There are steep paths available for you to make the walk to the top, where the panoramic views of the village and beach below, are well worth the long trek to the peak.
If you’re looking for somewhere to rest your head after exploring the Algarve beaches on offer, why not take a look at our selection of luxury Algarve villas.