Beaches in Alvor

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There are some lovely beaches in Alvor, western Algarve, “Praia de Alvor” (Alvor Beach), “Praia dos Três Irmãos” (“Three Brothers Beach”), “Praia da Prainha” and “Praia do Caniço”. The main Alvor beach is really just one long stretch of golden sand, but the western end is called Praia de Alvor and the eastern end is called Praia dos Três Irmãos. At the back of the long open sandy beach, there are rolling sand dunes that back on to the lagoon formed by the Alvor river. This is a great area for things to do in Alvor, as the lagoon is ideal for water sports, such as kitesurfing, and the network of walkways over the dunes are perfect for cycling and nature observing. Just a little further east, the coastline then winds round to Prainha beach and Caniço, where the famous Caniço bar-restaurant is!

Here you find out all you need to know about the Alvor beaches, including which ones are classed as an “Accessible Beach” and which are supervised by a lifeguard.

“Praia de Alvor” – Alvor Beach

Praia de Alvor is the western end of the long sandy beach in Alvor; the eastern end is called Praia dos Três Irmãos. It is a lovely long open sandy beach, with rolling sand dunes that back onto the lagoon formed by the Alvor river. There is plenty of space to play games and sports, such as volleyball and Frisbee, or for anyone who simply wants to relax in the sun and enjoy the beach life there is plenty of choice for where to pitch your towel. There are also lots of watersports at the beach (pedalos, sailing, windsurfing) for anyone who likes ‘playing about’ on the water!



There are two restaurants on Praia de Alvor, one at the entrance and another further along the beach in case you want to have some lunch or drink while you are the beach. There are also lots of sunloungers and sunshades to rent if you want a more comfortable stay at the beach. If you are not a resident at the 5* Le Méridien Penina Golf & Resort though, you will have to opt for the sunloungers a bit further away from the entrance to the beach, as the first ones are reserved for residents of the hotel!

If you are driving to the beach you will be pleased to know that there is plenty of shaded car parking directly behind the beach; which offers excellent disabled access because the car park and beach are at the same level so there are no steps to navigate. Access into the first restaurant is also easy, because it is right next to the entrance. If you are not going by car, it is just as easy to get a bus, because buses run regularly from Portimão and Lagos to Alvor.

Praia de Alvor is supervised during the “beach season” and is also classed as an “Accessible Beach”.

Alvor Beach Safety

The colour of the beach flags will tell you whether or not it is safe to swim in the water or if the beach is being attended by a lifeguard so try and remember the colours before you head off to your Alvor beach!

Swimming permitted

Swimming forbidden

Swimming & entering the water forbidden

Beach temporarily unattended


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