Praia da Coelha

For a peaceful day relaxing on soft sands and paddling in crystal clear seas, look no further than Praia Coelha. A tranquil cove a short drive west of Albufeira, the beach is well worth a visit if you want to escape the crowds and unwind in the warm Portuguese sunshine.

To get to the beach, you’ll need to hire a car and drive to the clifftop car park. From there you’ll need to take a short but steep downhill walk through olive trees and bamboo groves, before walking down the wooden steps and onto the sand.

Once you’ve arrived at Praia de Coelha, set up your spot for the day with sun loungers and umbrellas for shade, before seeing more of this picturesque cove. The golden sands are surrounded by tall rocky cliffs, so don’t forget your camera to take pictures of the dramatic setting.

If you’re visiting with young children, they’ll love digging in the fine sands, collecting shells and paddling in the turquoise blue sea. Be very careful when your little ones are in the water, as there’s a steep drop further out and currents can be strong. For peace of mind, the beach is patrolled by a lifeguard.

After relaxing with a good book or having a swim in the sea, go and grab some lunch from the small beachside bar and restaurant. If you’re feeling energetic, there are some great hiking routes along the clifftops, taking you to see neighbouring beaches along the way.