“Top 10 Beaches” articles are always hotly debated. What makes the perfect beach is a very personal thing. For families good access to facilities and calm waters is likely to be a must. However, those seeking surf or solitude are probably after something quite different.

Thankfully, the area of the West Algarve has the perfect beach for everyone! Here’s our Top 10 Beaches around Salema.

Praia da Figueira

Our ‘own’ beach, just 15 min walk away. One of the most unspoilt natural gems in the Algarve. Because it is only reachable by foot it is like a little adventure going there. Make sure to bring water, snacks and beach items with you.


Located on the west coast, about half an hour drive from the guest house. This beach is one of the most popular surf spots. You can explore the coast around with a beautiful hike. The beach is huge and so beautiful. If you wanna try surf there are several surf rentals right there.


This beach is just on the other side of Amado. It is so special because of the huge stretch of sandy dunes you have to walk through to reach the ocean. There is a beach bar in the middle of the dunes. While you’re walking you feel like you’re in the desert.


Just outside of Vila do Bispo on the West coast you will find Cordoama beach. This is the nearest West coast beach from our guest house, about 7 km. It is on this list because of the rough waves, impressive cliffs and breathtaking views.


We love it here because it’s so protected and often out of the wind. There is a lovely restaurant with the most beautiful seaview from the terrace and great fish to eat. Very scenic place to be.


This beach is in Sagres. Beautiful spot and popular for surfers. Just at the top there is the best ice cream shop in Sagres. And also the beautiful pottery shop is just there. When the tide is low enough you can climb over the rocks on the right side of the beach. You will find another hidden beach without any other access than by the rocks. Be careful not to get locked in by the high tide


This is a lovely little beach town that is being called the ‘Santorini of Portugal’ Only a 10 min drive and in summer there is live music, restaurants, boat trips, kayaks etc.


This beach and the ones around it such as Praia Donna Anna are magnificent because of the rocks and cliffs. Camillo beach is small so in high season it can get very busy, this is despite the fact the beach is not easily accessible. There are extensive steps you need to navigate on the way down and climb on the way back up!. But the beautiful views make it worth it.


Of course, we can’t have a “Top 10 Beaches around Salema” without mentioning Salema itself! Just next door from Cashinas da Figueira it is 5 min in the car or a 45 min walk over the cliffs. This little fishing town has a blue flag beach with sunbeds and umbrellas to rent. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from for lunch and if you search well you might find the dinosaur footprints