Praia do Castelo - Good bathing beach with cliffs and lots of shells
You will find this beach on the south coast of the Algarve a few kilometres west of the popular holiday resort of Albufeira. The name Praia do Castelo comes from some of its rock formations that are reminiscent of the battlements of a castle. Getting to the beach is really easy and there’s a car park right in front of the entrance to the beach. From there you just have to go down a well-constructed set of wooden steps.
On the way you will pass the beach restaurant, which serves numerous fish dishes as well as typical beach food such as burgers and pizzas. From the terrace there is a lovely view over the beach and the sea. The sandy beach is just over 100 metres long and is framed by deeply fissured sandstone cliffs. Apart from the restaurant the beach is completely undeveloped and unspoiled. On the right hand side, however, you can just see the white walls of a house standing high up on the cliffs amongst the pines that are characteristic of the beach.
On the far right, in the sea itself, are smaller cliffs, and on the left an angular rocky outcrop projects out of the sea. These natural structures, together with the crystal clear water make diving and snorkelling enormous fun at Praia do Castelo. The large rocks provide shade as well, although for safety reasons you should heed the warnings about falling rocks and keep at a safe distance. One alternative to lying on the sand, which is rather coarse-grained at the back of the beach but finer at the front, is to rent one of the plentiful supply of loungers and straw beach umbrellas.
It's the good bathing conditions that entice most visitors to Praia do Castelo, and they find ample space to spread out here. The beach is a great place to collect shells, which are in abundance here, or you can go for a clifftop walk or climb on the rocks. From up above you'll also discover the small adjacent cove to the left of Praia do Castelo, where with a bit of luck you can bathe completely undisturbed.