Beaches in VilamouraYour guide to the best beaches along the coast of Vilamoura. Our Top beaches within the resort, Blue Flag, accessibility, LGBT & nudist friendly. Uncover beaches in Vilamoura with AlgarveUncovered.com
If you are looking for the perfect beach holiday destination, then Vilamoura in central Algarve, Portugal, has it all! Either side of the stunning marina offers miles of soft sand, with easy parking and accessibility, making Vilamoura beaches the ideal choice for the whole family!
With Vilamoura Beach (or “Praia da Marina”) to the east of the marina and Praia da Rocha Baixinha to the west, the only decision for those lazy beach days will be to turn left or right? Both of these beaches in Vilamoura have sun loungers, lots of fun water sports and beach bars for meals and refreshments. If you decide to stay at the Tivoli Marina Vilamoura hotel, you will be also be able to enjoy decadent moments at their private Purobeach!
Vilamoura Beach – “Praia da Marina”
Vilamoura Beach (“Praia da Marina” or “Praia de Vilamoura”) is on the eastern side of Vilamoura marina. It is a lovely sandy beach with beach bars, sunbeds and a very convenient, large car park right behind the beach.
There are all sorts of water sports available from Vilamoura Beach and the end nearest the marina is now part of the Purobeach, part of the stunning 5* Hotel Tivoli Marina Vilamoura. Purobeach offers VIP beach time, with exotic decoration, ‘hangover beds’ and decadent “nomad beds”, plus Tai Chi classes and massage area! There is a resident DJ and exclusive parties in the summer, with themed events, guest DJs and live acts.
Access to Vilamoura Beach is very easy, as the boarded walkway along the beach joins the road at the car park. It is classed as an “Accessible Beach” and has lifeguard supervision during the beach season.
Praia da Rocha Baixinha in Vilamoura
On the western side of Vilamoura marina is the beautiful beach of Praia da Rocha Baixinha – a long stretch of soft white sand that runs all the way to Olhos de Água in Albufeira. Part way along the sands it becomes “Praia da Falésia”, but who’s counting! There is plenty of room for everyone, and more than enough sunbeds to go around! The boarded walkway starts from the marina end and continues westwards for a considerable distance, past several beach bars.
If you enjoy watersports there are plenty on offer – jet skis, parasailing, banana boat rides or a more relaxing pedaloe ride!
There is a large paying car park right behind the beach, providing easy access for wheelchair users as the bridge over the river joins straight on to the walkway along the beach. There is also space next to the official car park which is free! Praia da Rocha Baixinha is a supervised beach and is also classed as an “Accessible Beach” – so it’s perfect for all the family!
Vilamoura Beach Flag Safety
To stay safe on Algarve beaches, always pay attention to the beach flags so see whether or not it is safe to swim or if the beach is being attended by a lifeguard.
Swimming & entering the water forbidden
Beach temporarily unattended
Algarve Blue Flag beaches
The Algarve boasts some of the best beaches in the world, and many have been given the official Blue Flag stamp of approval from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) organisation. Blue Flag works towards sustainable development at beaches and marinas through publicly awarding beaches and marinas with their exclusive eco-label if they meet strict criteria regarding water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and other services. Blue Flag also accredit beaches and marinas that are suitable for wheelchair access.
To find out if Vilamoura Beach and other nearby beaches in the “Loulé” municipality have got the award this year, see Blue Flag – Algarve Beaches & Marinas!
Nearby Blue Flag beaches
- Albufeira: Arrifes, Aveiros, Belharucas, Castelo, Coelha, Evaristo, Falésia Acoteias, Falésia Alfamar, Galé-Leste, Galé-Oeste, Manuel Lourenço, Maria Luísa, Olhos d’Água, Oura, Oura-Leste, Rocha Baixinha-Nascente, Rocha Baixinha-Poente, S. Rafael, Salgados, Santa Eulália.
- Aljezur: Arrifana, Monte Clérigo, Odeceixe-Mar
- Faro: Barreta, Culatra-Mar, Faro-Mar, Ilha do Farol-Mar
- Lagoa: Caneiros, Carvoerio, Ferragudo (Praia Grande), Senhora da Rocha, Vale Centeanes, Vale do Olivial.
- Lagos: Batata, Camilo, Dona Ana, Luz, Meia Praia, Porto de Mós.
- Loule: Ancão, Garrão Nascente, Garrão Poente, Loulé Velho, Quarteira, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo, Vilamoura.
- Olhao: Armona-Mar, Fuseta-Ria.
- Portimao: Alvor Nascente – Três Irmãos, Alvor Poente, Rocha, Três Castelos, Vau.
- Silves: Armação de Pêra, Praia Grande Poente.
- Tavira: Barril, Cabanas-Mar, Ilha de Tavira-Mar, Terra Estreita.
- Vila do Bispo: Almádena-Cabanas Velhas, Burgau, Castelejo, Cordoama, Ingrina, Mareta, Martinhal, Salema, Zavial.
- Vila Real de Santo António:Lota, Manta Rota, Monte Gordo, Santo António.
“Accessible Beaches” in the Algarve
What do we mean when we talk about the Vilamoura beaches being classed as an “Accessible Beach”? Well, along with many other Algarve beaches, this means that not only do they provide ramps, footpaths and walkways directly to the sand but facilities also meet certain other criteria for disable people, for example, for restaurant tables, bar and counter heights. They also have first aid posts and disabled toilets and should be equipped with wheelchairs, walking aids and other equipment capable of being used in the sea as well as on the beach. So if you see the “Accessible Beach” flag flying above Algarve beaches, you know that they have all the facilities to ensure a great day at the beach!