The Most Instagrammable Places in the Algarve
If you come to the south of Portugal, you can't avoid exploring the most beautiful places in the Algarve. The holidays are an ideal opportunity to explore fascinating destinations with unique scenery worth taking photos of and remembering. If you don't want to waste time, skip the part about exploring and read our tips on the most Instagrammable places in the Algarve.
1. Estudantes Beach– Lagos
We start with a beach close to Baía da Luz, about 10 minutes away. You will first find a typical Algarve beach with its golden rocks, crystal clear sea and fine sand. If you continue walking along the beach, you will notice an arched bridge that looms above the cliffs. When the tide comes in and the sun is behind the bridge, the waves crash against the base of the rocks supporting the bridge; it creates a beautiful effect for the first photo of the most Instagrammable places in the Algarve.
2. Camilo Beach – Lagos
The second most beautiful place in the Algarve is also in Lagos, just a few minutes from Estudantes beach. When you arrive at Camilo beach, enjoy the view from the top of the wooden walkway and take in the scenery as the perfect photo background. This beach has a small sandy area surrounded by golden cliffs that extend into the sea. The access to this beach (about 200 steps) makes it very quiet even in summer. If you like peace and quiet while sunbathing, you can enjoy it to the fullest after capturing the beauty of this place.
3. Benagil Cave - Lagoa
This cave is famous for having a hole or chimney in the ceiling through which the sunrays enter in the middle of the day. You will probably be surprised that Benagil Cave is in third place, even though it is such a famous place. The reason is simple: in recent years, the cave has been visited by dozens of visitors daily, making it difficult to photograph. Nevertheless, it remains in the first three places because the beauty of this location fascinates everyone who sees it for the first time. If you want to photograph the cave with as few people as possible, we recommend booking a boat trip first thing in the morning.
4. Marinha Beach – Lagoa
Have you ever seen a photo on Instagram of a heart-shaped rock? The photo was taken from the top of the cliffs at Marinha beach, and if you want to shoot an image like this, you must locate the proper angle with your camera. This beach has been named one of the hundred best beaches in the world for its natural beauty. Before going down the steps, take a walk on the cliffs around the beach and then venture down the steep descent. You will see that the descent is worth every second when you reach the sandy beach. Because of its proximity to the Benagil Cave, you can visit both in the same day.
5. Algar Seco – Carvoeiro
Algar Seco is located in a very picturesque village in the Algarve, where every corner can serve as a background for your photos. Before heading to Algar Seco, we recommend you get to know Carvoeiro and its beach on the edge of the village. In the fifth most beautiful place in the Algarve, you can walk on its flat rocks, observe the natural pools created by the tides and finally visit "A Boneca", a cave from which you can observe the sea through two windows created naturally by erosion and wind.
6. Ponta da Piedade – Lagos
It is the sixth most Instagrammable place in the Algarve that we suggest, and due to its beauty and proximity to Baía da Luz, you should not miss the opportunity to explore it. We can say it is one of the paradises on earth by the sea. From here, you can see massive golden rock formations jutting out of the turquoise sea. Ponta da Piedade can be visited by land or sea, but if you want to take photos, you should start this tour by land, preferably at the end of the day. Climb down the 128 stone steps until you reach the boats boarding area, and there, let your imagination run wild and enjoy the colours of the "golden hour". There are several options for booking a boat trip to Ponta da Piedade in Marina de Lagos. A tour not to be missed!
7. Ferragudo – Lagoa
This village offers many beautiful places to take more photos for Instagram. It is a fishing village facing the Arade river and has Portimão as its neighbouring town. Once you arrive in Ferragudo, you should visit Angrinha beach, which is easily accessible and has free parking. The beauty of this small beach lies in the castle of São João do Arade, which is now privately owned and cannot be visited, but from the outside it preserves the traces of times gone by and invites many photographers to practise their art. Another place not to be missed is a street next to the church in Ferragudo. What is so special about this street? A large bougainvillea that contrasts with the white walls of the traditional village houses.
It might take a lifetime to know all the places in the Algarve, but it only takes a second to fall in love with each one! Make sure to explore these and other Instagram-worthy Algarve locations. If you need more suggestions, visit our reception and find new places to discover.