Top 12 Algarve Beaches

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Portugal's most southerly region is famous for its sandy beaches, sleepy fishing villages and an abundance of top-notch golf courses.

Most of the beaches along this near 100 mile stretch of coastline are family friendly, and there are plenty with a Blue Flag tick by their name too.

Among the contenders for top beaches on the Algarve is Sao Rafael. Its golden sands, crystal clear waters and sandstone cliff backdrop make it one of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve, and it has a Blue Flag to go with it too. It's also one of the quieter beaches along this coastline, so if you're after some tranquility then you're on to a winner.

There's plenty of competition though and just along the coast is the bigger and busier resort of Albufeira. In fact, Albufeira's stretch of coast lines up 25 different beaches, and a very lively nightlife scene.

Whichever resort you opt for though, you can expect to find silky golden sands, clear waters, and towns filled with whitewashed buildings.