The 3 coastal towns you can’t miss

Praia da Luz beach with palm-fringed promenade

Stunning beaches, picturesque landscapes and vibrant communities: the Algarve ticks all the boxes for those in search of an idyllic holiday. From the rugged cliffs of Carvoeiro to the historic charm of the western Algarve, here is our pick of the coastal towns that best capture the essence of Algarve living.


The picturesque coastal town of Carvoeiro has graced travel magazines for decades, and it’s no surprise why, with its stunning cliffs and quaint village atmosphere. The town centre features a variety of restaurants, shops and cafes, creating a vibrant yet relaxed ambiance that’s perfect for all ages. It offers a mix of traditional Portuguese homes, modern villas and luxury resorts, and continues to be a popular holiday destination.

Armação de Pêra

Gaining its name from the tuna fishing industry that once thrived in the area, today, Armação de Pêra is one of the most popular year-round destinations for Portuguese and international visitors alike. Yet, even with its long sandy beaches, bustling promenade and excellent seafood restaurants, it still retains its authentic Algarvean charm. This calmer coastal town is ideally located between Portimão and Albufeira and offers an excellent holiday to families.

Praia da Luz

Family-friendly Praia da Luz is a dream place for a holiday. Its sheltered bay, lined with palm trees and promenades, provides a picturesque backdrop for leisurely walks and water sports. Close to Lagos and other Algarve attractions, this laid-back town features beachfront properties, apartments and villas that appeal to all budgets and wish lists for an excellent holiday.

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