Best Beaches In The Algarve For Families

Algarve has been a popular family vacation destination for many years. Every summer thousands flock to this area for the beautiful coastline, reliable weather, great food, excellent golf, delicious cuisine, and resorts. You may feel like an extra in the ‘Inbetweeners movie if you happen to be on one of the most crowded beaches, such as Albufeira. This is not a place for kids. It’s hard work, but we’ve beach-hopped the Algarve to bring you the best beaches for families. Grab your spades, buckets, and lilos!

Praia de Odeceixe, Odeceixe

This unique beach is located in the northern part of the region. It’s worth the drive. This white sandy beach, shaped like a tongue, is located at the mouth of the river. It offers the best of both the worlds: calm, shallow waters and bigger waves. You can find a surf school right on the beach. It is also within walking distance of the village Odeceixe, where you can have lunch and get some shade.

Praia de Odeceixe - Best Family-Friendly Beaches in the Algarve - Oliver's Travels

Ingrina, Zavial

Instead of rushing to neighboring Praia de Zavial with the masses, go west to the next headland and the beautiful beach at Ingrina. This cove, which is shell-shaped, is quiet and sheltered. It’s a great place for young families to relax knowing that nobody can go too far. It is calm and perfect for swimming in the shallows. The beach’s top is home to a relaxed restaurant that serves fish dishes and welcome breaks from noontime sun.

Ingrina - Algarve - Portugal

Praia da Marinha, Carvoeiro

This beach is surely the Algarve’s poster child. You can enjoy the signature amber rock stacks and boat trips to explore nearby caves. The clear blue water is perfect for snorkelers. It’s worth visiting even though there is only one beach hut that serves snacks.

Praia da Marinha - Algarve - Oliver's Travels

Praia do Ancao, Faro

This beautiful stretch of beach is very popular with families. There are lifeguards on duty to keep the beach safe. You can rent sunbeds or umbrellas, and there is plenty of space. There are also many options for snack and bar options. The sand dunes that surround it are also protected. This has prevented any hotel construction along this stretch of beach.

Sao Rafael beach