Where to Paddle

The South Coast of Portugal has a western side with photogenic cliffs and caves, listed from West to East:

  • Sagres big cliffs and lighthouses ☆☆☆ (A)
  • Benagil Cave, the Algarve’s most famous beauty spot, a single cave with a giant skylight ☆☆☆☆☆ (D)

  • Portimão to Albufeira coast sandstone rocks and varied beaches ☆☆☆ (E)

  • The Swallow’s Nest, Albufeira, not quite a cave, but a hidden beach inside a cliff ☆☆☆☆ (F)

The Eastern side (Faro, Olhão and as far as the border with Spain) is quite different. It has long sandy beaches, warm inland flatwater lagoons and the islands of the Ria Formosa. ☆☆☆☆ (G)

There is also Portugal’s West Coast ☆☆ to consider (H) . It is wild and remote with big Atlantic swell and surf.

If the waves are too big or you fancy a change and something gentle, consider some Inland Paddles ☆☆ (J) or Alvor Lagoon.☆☆☆ (K)