Portugal Beaches Pictures
A typically huge, sand-island beach on the eastern Algarve coast, Ilha de Tavira, out of season.
This collection of Portugal Beach information and photos focuses on the Algarve on the country's south coast, because that's where the weather is more consistently sunny, the water is calmer and general facilities are foreign tourist oriented, and thus where most of the visitors to these pages will be going.
usual we are not attempting to shoot every beach, just to give an
impression of what you might expect if you head in that direction.
beaches are big and beautiful but the waters are not as safe as those
of the Mediterranean due to the power of the Atlantic, particularly
on Portugal's surf-popular west coast.
waves are clearly visible but the powerful undertow - also known as
a rip - that cycles waters back to the ocean can easily take a swimmer
out with it and is invisible to the inexperienced eye. Resistance
In Portugal the swimming season is considered closed after September so lifeguards will not be present and safety flags will not fly, even if conditions are dangerous. If you wish to swim, perhaps in a wetsuit, then use great caution. Check safety with locals, especially surfers and monitor kids carefully.
DO NOT PANIC and DO NOT FIGHT a RIP. Go with the flow, literally.
What to do if caught in a rip
Desperate and exhausting thrashing is the killer as
rips don't usually drag swimmers under, even the whirlpool version,
just away from the beach. If you fight the current you will tire rapidly
and may lose the ability to keep your head up.
Algarve from east to west: