Albandeira beach, Lagoa – capacity: 30 Photo: INÊS LOPES/OPEN MEDIA GROUP

Counting beachgoers … Algarve’s beach capacity revealed

The Portuguese Environmental Agency (APA) has revealed the capacity limits at beaches for 2021.

The maximum number of beachgoers allowed per beach varies greatly, depending on the size of the beach.

Taking all of Portugal into account, there will be enough space for nearly 850,000 people at a time.

Here’s the list of Algarve beaches and their capacity limits, divided between the Western Algarve (Barlavento) and Eastern Algarve (Sotavento):

BARLAVENTO:

Albufeira
• Alemães (2,800)
• Arrifes (30)
• Aveiros (100)
• Belharucas (1,200)
• Castelo (350)
• Coelha (400)
• Evaristo (150)
• Falésia Açoteias (700)
• Falésia Alfamar (800)
• Galé-Leste (150)
• Galé-Oeste (2,600)
• Inatel-Albufeira (2,000)
• Manuel Lourenço (200)
• Maria Luísa (700)
• Olhos de Água (400)
• Oura (550)
• Oura-Leste (400)
• Peneco (1,400)
• Pescadores (1,900)
• Rocha Baixinha (1,800)
• Rocha Baixinha-Nascente (3,400)
• Rocha Baixinha-Poente (1,400)
• Poço Velho (800)
• Salgados (1,900)
• Santa Eulália (600)
• São Rafael (500)

Aljezur
• Amado (1,300)
• Amoreira-Mar (700)
• Amoreira-Rio (not appropriate for bathing, according to APA)
• Arrifana (200)
• Bordeira (1,600)
• Monte Clérigo (1,900)
• Odeceixe-Mar (1,200)
• Vale dos Homens (300)
• Vale Figueiras (700)

Lagoa
• Benagil (50)
• Caneiros (150)
• Carvoeiro (300)
• Cova Redonda (350)
• Tremoços (60)
• Ferragudo (2,100)
• Marinha (15)
• Albandeira (30)
• Pintadinho (150)
• Senhora da Rocha (380)
• Nova da Senhora da Rocha (260)
• Vale Centeanes (80)

Lagoa and Silves
• Vale do Olival (700)

Lagos
• Batata (340)
• Camilo (40)
• Dona Ana (400)
• Luz (1,800)
• Meia Praia (11,000)
• Porto de Mós (900)

Portimão
• Alvor-Nascente Praia da Torralta e Três Irmãos (3,600)
• Alvor-Poente (4,200)
• Barranco das Canas (400)
• Careanos/Amado (350)
• Marina de Portimão (300)
• Rocha (8,800)
• Três Castelos (1,800)
• Vau (700)

Silves
• Armação de Pêra (2,500)
• Barcos/Armação de Pera Nascente (1,400)
• Praia Grande-Nascente (1,400)
• Praia Grande-Poente (2,100)

Vila do Bispo
• Almádena/Cabanas Velhas (300)
• Barranco (450)
• Beliche (400)
• Boca do Rio (240)
• Burgau (200)
• Castelejo (500)
• Cordoama (1,400)
• Furnas (320)
• Ingrina (400)
• Mareta (1,100)
• Martinhal (2,100)
• Salema (1,000)
• Tonel (1,100)
• Zavial (500)

SOTAVENTO:

Castro Marim
• Alagoa-Altura (6,000)
• Cabeço (4,500)
• Praia Verde (3,600)

Faro
• Deserta/Barreta (3,300)
• Culatra-Mar (4,000)
• Faro-Mar (12,600)
• Ilha do Farol-Mar (1,500)

Loulé
• Almargem (2,600)
• Ancão (4,600)
• Forte Novo (1,700)
• Garrão-Nascente (2,900)
• Garrão-Poente (2,200)
• Loulé Velho (1,200)
• Quarteira (6,600)
• Quinta do Lago (3,000)
• Vale do Lobo (1,700)
• Vilamoura (5,000)

Olhão
• Armona-Mar (5,000)
• Armona-Ria (500)
• Cavacos (200)
• Fuseta-Mar (3,200)
• Fuseta-Ria (600)

Tavira
• Barril (3,300)
• Cabanas-Mar (3,600)
• Cabanas-Poente (1,500)
• Ilha de Tavira-Mar (4,100)
• Terra Estreita (3,000)

Vila Real de Santo António
• Fábrica-Mar (1,000)
• Lota (3,500)
• Manta Rota (6,300)
• Monte Gordo (14,800)
• Santo António (3,000)

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com