Praia Gale Beach
Praia da Galé is actually a continuation of the beach at Armação. The western part is wide and open while the eastern end has more rocky outcrops, wonderful rock formation, caves and grottoes. The rock pools are always a hit with families and the beach here can be quite sheltered.
Praia do Castello is a favourite summer spot of the Portuguese jet-set, due to its proximity with the famous club Casa do Castello. Even without the beautiful people, the beach is stunning.
Evaristo and Coelho are two small beaches located between the rocky outcrops. They are sheltered but not the easiest to get at. You follow winding trails down onto the beach. But most agree – the effort is worth it. Golden sands, azure seas, sheltering rocks and tree topped trails – lovely!
São Rafael beach is nearest to Albufeira. This is a more open beach with a wide sloping expanse of sand. The waters are usually calm here and the beach is of easier access.