Praia dos Pescadores, Albufeira - Photo: JOÃO CHAMBINO/OPEN MEDIA GROUP

Albufeira begins ‘beach season’ ahead of rest of Algarve

The ‘beach season’ means lifeguards will be monitoring beaches.

Sunday, May 15 will mark the start of the official beach season at the 26 beaches of the Algarve borough of Albufeira, while the remaining beaches in the Algarve will only enter the official beach season on June 1.

Albufeira’s beach season will also run until October 15, two weeks longer than the remaining municipalities in the Algarve (September 30).

The news was revealed in a governmental decree signed by the Minister of National Defence, Helena Carreiras, and Minister of Environment and Climate Action, Duarte Cardoso, published on Thursday, May 5.

Cascais became the first municipality in Portugal (along with Porto Santo and Porto Moniz in Madeira) to begin its beach season on Saturday, May 7, with thousands taking advantage of the hot weather to enjoy some time at the local beaches.

The start of Portugal’s beach season marks the date when lifeguards begin monitoring the 585 beaches classified as apt for bathing.

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By MICHAEL BRUXO

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com