Known as a popular surfing destination to many who travel to the Algarve, Arrifana beach is a Blue Flag beach that is actually part of a quaint fishing village perched on top of the steep black cliffs. The views and imposing cliffs give the western coastline a completely different feel to the south coast.
The beach is a long slip of pale sand sheltered by a crescent bay and accessed by a steep path. The little village of Arrifana has a number of cafe's and hostels while at the base of the cliff there is a cafe and toilets. Parking for this beach is at the top of the cliffs. Accomodation includes old cottages perched on the cliff with great sea views.
Experienced surfers enjoy the waves here but it is also a destination for families who want to enjoy the beautiful clear water and fantastic views. Across the bay there is a view of a small working fishing harbour and at the top of the same cliff there are the Moorish ruins of a fort.