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Beaches in the Algarve

Portugal's southern tip is a known hotspot for its beaches - and for good reason. The popularity of the area with Brits began with the discovery of its rugged cliffs hiding miles upon miles of postcard-perfect beaches.

Now, the secret's well and truly out and many of its busy beaches have amenities and atmospheres you'll dream about all year.

But beside these stretches, hidden gems lie ready to be explored by more curious travellers.

So if the Algarve's dramatic coastline is giving you holiday hankerings, the Flexicover team have picked five beaches you won't want to miss.

Praia do Camilo

Descending the 200 steps down to this tiny cove is like stepping into a postcard. Fringed by low limestone cliffs, this and neighbouring Praia da Dona Ana are among the most spectacular beaches of the golden coast. Just a scenic 30-minute walk from the centre of Lagos, here you'll find soaring sixty-foot high rock pillars that bridge the blue between sea and sky, and waters peppered with emerald hues. Navigating this otherworldly kingdom of magical grottos and caves is best done by boat, where your captain will point out each formidable formation's nickname, ranging from the arch of the Kissing Couple to The Camel and the Sphinx.

Praia da Marinha

A sugary stretch of sand over a kilometre long, it is little wonder that Praia da Marinha has been nominated by the Michelin Guide as one of the 10 best beaches in Europe. Located between Armação de Pêra and Carvoeiro, access by steep steps cut into the cliffside helps to keep the crowds at bay - preserving both the natural beauty of the beach and the luxury of peace and quiet. The archetypal Algarve beach, it's one of the most photographed in the region, but the real beauty here is underwater, where crystalline seas offer divers and snorkelers some of the best visibility in the region.

Praia do Beliche

At the feet of staggeringly sheer cliffs, this golden sweep of sand is located on an unspoilt stretch of the Algarve coast between Cape St Vincent and Sagres. The most south-westerly point in mainland Europe, it’s the rugged beauty of this wild coastline that beckons. Brave the blustery Atlantic breeze and one hundred steps down the rock-face and you’ll be handsomely rewarded with a sheltered spot to catch some sun, swells to impress eager surfers and an escape from the crowds that can plague other areas of the Algarve. En route, be sure to visit the 19th-century lighthouse at Cape St Vincent - with vertical cliffs plunging into the ocean, it's easy to see why this was known to the Romans as the end of the world.

Praia Três Irmãos

A rock-flanked beauty on the eastern side of the traditional fishing village of Alvor, Praia Três Irmãos – ‘beach of the three brothers’ - is so named because of the three ochre rock formations that tower over its silken sands. Its translucent waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving - which handily, you can arrange nearby. Hop on a boat to explore the secret grottoes and caves carved among the rocks, with walls scribbled with poems written by young lovers. Around the headland, you’ll find Prainha Beach – an isolated cove hidden among the arches, a laid-back haunt popular with locals at the weekend.

Praia do Amado

Surfers busy improving their skills may be the most common sight at Amado beach, one of Europe’s top surfing spots, but with an endless sweep of windswept sand backed by stratified cinnamon cliffs, it attracts more than just those keen to catch a wave. Located in the middle of Alentejano national park on the Atlantic coast, its relaxed atmosphere and raw natural beauty is an antidote to all ills. Stroll along the golden swathes of sand, watch as the breakers roll in or take a hike in the surrounding hills. Making good use of its steep waves and strong currents, Amado also regularly plays host to international surfing championships which attract a fun-loving youthful crowd.

Whether your break takes you to the beach, a far flung city or some historical marvel this year it’s good to know that Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.