Want to know about the Eastern Algarve, Portugal and why its such a great place to come for your next holiday ? Want to know about its fabulous beaches or about its historic towns such as Tavira or Faro ? Want to know where to play golf ? Want to know about the bird watching or the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve ? It's all here in our Travel Guide, so start your holiday in the Eastern Algarve right now.

All the beaches of the Eastern Algarve are long, golden sand beaches with clear water which is the warmest in Portugal. They are also EU Blue Flag beaches. Between Faro and Manta Rota, the beaches lie on a chain of 5 low islands: Barreta (Deserta), Culatra, Armona, Tavira and Cabanas, and on the Manta Rota Peninsula. All form a part of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. All can be reached by small ferries.  There is invariably plenty of empty space on these beaches if you walk for 5 minutes, even in high season. Topless bathing is acceptable in all areas. Nude bathing is acceptable anywhere outside the busy areas. Between Manta Rota and Vila Real, the beaches adjoin the land and consequently are busier and more built up behind. Even then, with the beach being an unbroken stretch from Cacela to Vila Real, there is still plenty of space for all.


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Lagoon or ocean ? Left or right ? Those are your choices at Fuzeta...
 
Fuzeta beach in the Eastern Algarve
Trains, anchors and miles of sand...
 
Barril beach in the Eastern Algarve
Santa Luzia's hidden secret...
 
Santa Luzia beach in the Eastern Algarve
Fun in the sun in season, warm and welcoming in winter...
 
Tavira beach in the Eastern Algarve
Most people don't make the effort so miss a jem...
 
Culatra Beach in the Eastern Algarve
Not just a beach, an entire island...
 
Cabanas beach in the Eastern Algarve
Drive, dive and always alive...
 
Manta Rota beach in the Eastern Algarve
The quieter sister to Manta Rota...
 
Lote beach in the Eastern Algarve
An island, a village and miles of ocean and lagoon beach...
 
Armona beach in the Eastern Algarve
Check the view before hitting the beach...
 
Praia Verde beach in the Eastern Algarve
Easy to get to, yet hidden away...
 
Cabeco beach in the Eastern Algarve
The last stretch of beach in Portugal...
 
Vila Real beach in the Eastern Algarve
Yes, even Faro has its own fabulous long beach...
 
Faro beach in the Eastern Algarve
Fáb-ulous beach to the end of the 'island'...
 
Fabrica beach in the Eastern Algarve
'Desserta' by name, desserta by nature...
 
Ilha Desserta beach in the Eastern Algarve
Great lighthouse, and the beach isn't bad either...
 
Farol beach in the Eastern Algarve
Resort beach where bodies abound...
 
Monte Gordo beach in the Eastern Algarve

Towns, Villages and Beaches in the Eastern Algarve

A fishing village where octopus is caught, eaten and celebrated...
 
Santa Luzia in the Eastern Algarve
The jewel in the centre of the Eastern Algarve...
 
Tavira in the Eastern Algarve
If you love castles and nature, you'll love Castro Marim...
 
Castro Marim in the Eastern Algarve
River, beach and the gateway to Spain...
 
Vila Real de Santo António in the Eastern Algarve
Hidden up the River Guardiana...
 
Alcoutim in the Eastern Algarve
A wetland of international importance...
 
Ria Formosa Natural Park in the Eastern Algarve
The last stretch of beach in Portugal...
 
Guadiana river in the Eastern Algarve
History, a new town, great golf and the Ria Formosa...
 
Cacela beach in the Eastern Algarve
The "serra"...
 
Hills in the Eastern Algarve
A paradise for birds and bird watchers alike...
 
Bird watching in the Eastern Algarve
Lively waterside town with a great beach and great golf...
 
Cabanas in the Eastern Algarve
A sleepy village in the foothills...
 
Santa Catarina in the Eastern Algarve
A small village in the citrus orchards and close to the coast...
 
Luz de Tavira in the Eastern Algarve
"Mon-car-a-pach-o, la la la Mon-car-a-pach-o"...
 
Moncarapacho in the Eastern Algarve
Beaches, boats and bars in the Ria Formosa...
 
Fuzeta in the Eastern Algarve
The fishing port at the centre of the Ria Formosa...
 
Olhão in the Eastern Algarve
Much more than just a gateway to the Eastern Algarve...
 
Faro in the Eastern Algarve
A charming hill town with two millenia of history to see...
 
Estoi in the Eastern Algarve
A town built on cork and decorated with flowers...
 
São Brás de Alportel in the Eastern Algarve