Portugal’s coastline boasts some of Europe’s best beaches. There’s variety too, with a choice of superb surfing beaches facing the Atlantic full on, or sheltered family holiday beaches on the Algarve with full resort facilities close to hand.
Portugal’s Algarve beaches are renowned for their blue flag status and beauty. To the west Algarve the dramatic rock formations add character, whilst on the east Algarve coast beaches are influenced by estuaries and are flatter and more sheltered.
A record number of beaches in the region will be flying the Blue Flag this summer.
Some 69 Blue Flag beaches have been named in the Algarve, 15 more than in 2009 and the highest ever in the Algarve.
Lagos, Portimão, Albufeira and Vilamoura marinas will also be flying the flag.
The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches that meet the exacting criteria regarding water quality, environmental management and education, safety, cleanliness and facilities. Many beaches along the Algarve are manned by life-guards during the summer season. You should always pay attention to the indications given by the life-guards and follow the indications of the color coded flags posted on the beaches.
Green: swimming permitted
Yellow: Swimming forbidden
Red: Swimming & entering water forbidden
Blue/White: Beach temporarily unattended
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