Best secluded beaches in the Algarve


The Algarve is in southern Portugal and known as Europe’s most popular beach destinations. With over 300 days of sunshine per year and stretched over 160 kilometres of golden shoreline, it’s no wonder why the Algarve is a holiday hotspot. Needless to say, the beaches are inundated with holiday makers during the peak season. So it is quite a task to have some quiet time in the sun. Therefore, we’ve come up with a list that will help you find the best secluded beaches in the Algarve.

Listed below are five outstanding secluded beach suggestions to help you enjoy your holiday even more!

Praia da Carriagem

If you’re up for an adventure off the beaten track and fancy some rock pooling, this is the beach for you! It’s located practically on the divide between Alentejo and the Algarve in the Vicentine Coast and can only be accessed by a dirt road. Bordered by rugged cliffs, this long and narrow beach faces the full force of the Atlantic waves. At low tide, the gorgeous geological rock formations are clearly seen.

Praia do Carvalho

Tucked away in the cliffs of the western Algarve and slightly to the west of the world-famous Benagil Cave is Praia do Carvalho. The best time to visit Carvalho is a few hours before sunset, when you’re at peace. You’ll be able to enjoy the magical sunlight effects and the sun-heated waters.

Praia da Cacela Velha

Are you after tranquility and stunning views? This is the beach for you! This charming, tiny, white-washed piece of paradise sandbank that sits just above the beautiful Ria Formosa natural park. You can reach the beach by boat from “Sítio da Fábrica” about 1km from Cacela Velha.

Best secluded beaches in the Algarve

Praia da Terra Estreita

Another very peaceful beach (all year round) is located in the Eastern Algarve. It’s near the village of Santa Luzia (this area offers amazing seafood). It boasts 11km of long sandbank of the finest sand and the clearest water. You will find generally calm and warm waters during the summer. If you’re after a complete getaway, this is a great beach to visit! It’s just you, the sand, sea and the natural sounds.

Praia do Barranquinho

Located in Lagoa, this oddly shaped beach has one of the most intriguing coves. It is accessible by walking down a little-used path leading to a long and slender valley ending on the beach. The reason for the odd shape is because of the stretch of sand between its access and the ocean. This section is much larger than the enclosed beachfront. The one advantage of the peculiar shape is that during summer, it creates plenty of shade.


In conclusion, the Algarve has miles and miles of stunning beaches you can just lay your towel down at, but these are just snippets of 5 of the best secluded beaches in the Algarve.

There are secluded beaches all over the Algarve, you just need to know where to go. Seagull Circuit can take you on a variety of tours to help you experience the tranquility of such beaches. You can book a tour or simply contact us directly for more information.