Praia da Cordoama, Vila do Bispo

“244 reasons to visit Algarve”: award-winning beaches woo summer tourists

A campaign highlighting the many awards the Algarve’s “world-famous beaches” have recently won and listing “244 reasons why tourists should choose the region for a summer holiday” has been launched by the Algarve tourism board (RTA).

“Not only was the region elected World’s Best Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards, the ‘Oscars’ of international tourism, its beaches have also accumulated several quality awards which are even more reason to visit the Algarve,” says RTA.

The Algarve stands out as the region with the most ‘Zero Pollution’ beaches (14) in Portugal – four of them being located in Tavira and three each in Faro and Vila do Bispo (click here).

To receive the coveted title, a beach must obtain impeccable scores when its water is tested. If a single vestige of microbiological contamination is detected throughout the last three bathing seasons, the beach is automatically excluded.

The Algarve is also the region in Portugal with more beaches receiving the coveted ‘Gold Quality’ seal from environmental association Quercus, which is also awarded based on the quality of the sea water.

Albufeira stands out as the borough with the most ‘Gold Quality’ beaches (20) and the most Blue Flags in Portugal, flying a record 26 this year. Albufeira is followed by Vila do Bispo (11), Loulé (11), Portimão (7), Lagoa (6), Lagos (5), Aljezur, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António (4 each), Castro Marim (3) and Silves (2). All in all, the Algarve boasts 91 Blue Flags in 2021 (click here).

Forty-five beaches also fly the white flag for meeting the needs of people with reduced mobility as part of the “Praia Acessível – Praia para Todos” (Accessible Beach – Beach for All) programme.

Cacela Velha, VRSA
Praia da Barrinha, Faro
Praia da Cordoama, Vila do Bispo