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5 great Portuguese beach resorts

08 August 2019 08:19

Praia da Marinha, near the resort town of Albufeira

Praia da Marinha, near the resort town of Albufeira

Grab the sunscreen and hit the beach at one of these great Portuguese resorts...

1. Nazaré

A beach resort that caters more for adrenaline junkies than families, Nazaré on the country's wild Atlantic coast definitely offers something a little different. Renowned as one of the best surf spots in the whole world, Nazaré's wide spread of beach sees waves of up to 30m come crashing down towards shore. And if you don't fancy taking it yourself, you can watch the action from safely from shore.

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2. Albufeira

Plonked in the heart of the Algarve, Albufeira has long been the region's go-to resort. And while that popularity might put off those looking for a quieter escape, the old town retains a certain fishing village charm. Albufeira remains an excellent choice for parents looking to keep the whole family happy on holiday.

3. Viana do Castelo

Just a stone's throw from the Spanish border, Viana do Castelo is the star attraction on the beautiful Costa Verde region. The town's narrow, well-appointed streets hark back to its past grandeurs. But it still has that unmistakable bustle of an old port city. The beaches are located just outside town, stretching out along the coast alongside the spectacular blues of the Atlantic.

4. Tavira

Well away from the region's livelier resorts further west, Tavira is one of the Algarve's best-kept secrets. Straddling the Rio Gilão, the town has a surprisingly impressive collection of historical attractions, from ruined castles to medieval churches. South of Tavira, a crisp ribbon of golden sand stretches out as far as the eye can see - and without the number of tourists you find on other beaches in the area.

5. Sines

Halfway between Lisbon and the Algarve sits the unassuming port town of Sines, birthplace of famous explorer Vasco de Gama. Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering its most famous son, Sines continues to be one of the country's most important ports but the true magic of the town is the 60km stretch of white, unspoilt sands to the north. Definitely not to be missed if you're a fan of the beach.

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