Top 7 Coolest Places to Swim in the Algarve

Let’s explore the top 7 coolest places to swim in the Algarve! The Algarve is known for it’s spectacular and award winning beaches, but did you know there are also incredible river beaches and waterfalls? From the border to Spain, all the way to the westernmost point of Europe, along a natural park, we’ve put together a list of places that need to be visited while in the Algarve! If you’re not a fan of crowded beaches, or are looking for somewhere different to refresh yourself on a hot day, read on!

1. Amoreira Beach – Aljezur

Though technically a beach, this is a two in one deal as you can bathe in sea or river waters! This is quite a big beach as it spans over half a kilometer, and is a great option if you’re looking to get away from the normal crowded beaches of the Algarve. Getting there is quite scenic as you take a steep cliff down to a lovely little wooden staircase ending at the beach. The beach offers bathroom facilities at the on site restaurant and is watched over by lifeguards in the summer months. Another note is for the small lagoon that forms when it is low tide. A great little wading pool for kids! This beach is also great for stand up paddling! https://goo.gl/maps/3ACy4TuXmf9VDt7X6

2. Alte

Alte is a lovely little village, coined the most traditional village of the Algarve! The river beach itself is quite lovely and perfect for escaping the beach! You can bring along food and drink and enjoy a picnic, or cook a tasty BBQ at the communal area. You can also enjoy snacks and drinks at the on site bar! Make a full day of it, by heading to the waterfall after lunch (see below)!https://goo.gl/maps/pBoia37DWBxGT8MJ8

3. Queda do Vigario – Alte

Alte not only has one of the most rustic and lovely river beaches, but also a beautiful waterfall! On the other end of the village, you’ll have to park behind the cemetery and head down a steep trail. When descending, look to your left for a dirt track. It’s a bit of a short cut and makes the trek back up to your car much easier! You’ll be surrounded by dry plants and weeds that will lead you to a bright green field where you can lay your towel and enjoy this amazing waterfall! Descend the wooden steps and you’re in the cool water! If you’re a bit adventurous, you can climb up to the top of the waterfall and jump! Not for the faint hearted for sure! https://goo.gl/maps/EVj8mmFPGTjSa7Ls7

4. Pego Fundo – Alcoutim

As river beaches go, this is likely the coolest one you will find in the Algarve! The only one of its kind in the Algarve, you’ll find yourself lounging by the Guadiana River, bathing in warm waters that can reach 30o Celcius in the summer months. The area is well maintained with an onsite bar and park for a leisurely lunch or even home made BBQ! it also offers a sports center where you can take part in a variety of activities! A really great day out as you have all that you need to enjoy the natural surroundings of Alcoutim! https://goo.gl/maps/6wmMgeTRKjAFfjcp9

5. Odeleite – Castro Marim

The Odeleite Reservoir is a great place to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in nature! Also known as the River of the Blue Dragon, the local river has plans to become the next best river beach, with plans to build on the area. For now you can expect untouched beauty and lovely natural surroundings. https://goo.gl/maps/xkGGkc5S2UVMy5v59

6. Odeceixe Beach – Aljezur

Another gem in the Algarve! Much like Amoreira Beach, Odeceixe beach is combination of river and sea beaches! A fantastic cliff beach, named one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal, with a river on one side and sea on the other forming a horse shoe shape. Low tide is a great time to visit this beach as you will find a variety of lagoons which make for great wading pools. If you continue on towards the rocks, you’ll also find beautiful natural rock pools! To make your day complete, you can enjoy drinks and snacks at the onsite bar, or a delicious meal at the local restaurant! https://goo.gl/maps/1NqTBQP6Vy8QS44MA

7. Pego do Inferno – Tavira

Another fantastic waterfall in the Algarve, located near Tavira! Hell’s Pool in English, it is anything but hell! The trail leading to the waterfall is quite easy to follow, as along the way you’ll see amazing views of the Asseca Valley. There are quite a few staircases along the way, and a resting spot in between. After crossing a wooden bridge, you’ll begin to hear the waterfall before you actually see it. Though the sunbathing area is quite small, you’ll want to get into the refreshing waters! There’s even a rope swing you can use to fling yourself in the water! https://goo.gl/maps/R6cNGHw7VaaaRL6z6