This year, Portugal has the Blue Flag proudly flying on over 352 beaches throughout the country, 88 of which are in the Algarve.
The four major elements considered when awarding a Blue Flag to a beach are the quality of the water for bathing, the provision of educational information, services and equipment on the beach, and safety provisions. All Blue Flag beaches must provide a sufficient number of lifeguards, have first aid equipment and supply drinking water. There must be one Blue Flag beach in each municipality that has access for the disabled.
Here are the current Blue Flag beaches throughout the Algarve region:
• Aljezur: Odeceixe-Mar, Amoreira Mar, Monte Clérigo and Arrifana
• Vila do Bispo: Cordoama, Beliche, Castelejo, Tonel, Mareta, Martinhal, Ingrina, Zavial, Salema, Almádena – Cabanas Velha and Burgau
• Lagos: Luz, Porto de Mós, Camilo, D. Ana, Batata, Meia Praia
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• Portimão: Alvor Poente, Alvor Nascente – Três Irmãos, Vau, Três Castelos and Rocha
• Lagoa: Ferragudo, Caneiros, Carvoeiro, Vale Centeanes, Senhora da Rocha and Vale do Olival
• Silves: Armação de Pêra and Praia Grande Poente
• Albufeira: Salgados, Galé-Oeste, Galé-Este, Manuel Lourenço, Evaristo, Castelo, Coelha, São Rafael, Arrifes, Peneco, Pescadores, Alemães, Inatel, Aveiros, Oura, Oura-Leste, Santa Eulália, Maria Luísa, Olhos D’Água, Belharucas, Falésia Açoteias, Falésia Alfamar, Rocha Baixinha Poente, Rocha Baixinha and Rocha Baixinha Nascente
• Loulé: Vilamoura, Quarteira, Forte Novo, Almargem, Loulé Velho, Vale do Lobo, Garrão-Poente, Garrão-Nascente, Ancão and Quinta do Lago
• Faro: Faro-Mar, Barreta, Ilha do Farol-Mar and Culatra-Mar
• Olhão: Armona-Mar, Armona-Ria, Fuseta-Mar and Fuseta-Ria
• Tavira: Barril, Terra Estreita, Ilha de Tavira-Mar and Cabanas-Mar
• Castro Marim: Praia Verde, Cabeço and Alagoa-Altura
• Vila Real de Santo António: Manta Rota, Lota, Monte Gordo and Santo António
Algarve beaches are well marked with flags to let visitors know the current status at the beach, which is helpful if you're not familiar with the local currents and undertow. For additional safety, never sunbathe directly beneath rocky cliffs.
Green means you can swim in the water, yellow means NO swimming but you can paddle. Red means stay out of the sea completely. There is also occassionally a striped red and yellow flag which indicates the area is safe and recommended to swim in.
The blue and white checked flag means the lifeguard is temporarily absent.
Whether you're a visitor, tourist, part-time or full-time resident, the Algarve's beaches have a lot to offer. Sunbathing, playing with the kids, body-boarding and surfing, or just relaxing with a great Portuguese meal or cold drink overlooking the beach, there is something for everyone.
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