Praia do Padre Vicente Beach is located in a small cove and flanked by high cliffs. The sand is fine and perfectly golden, and the water is calm and protected from winds from most directions. The best bit, this beach is accessible only by sea so is best explored by hired paddle boat or kayak from nearby Carvoeiro beach.
Algar Seco is a very small, but luckily still a relatively unknown stretch of beach fringed with tiny caves and grottos which can be clambered into on foot or explored by kayak. This cove is a real local secret, reachable by a precarious rocky walk followed by rickety climb down a wooden ladder fixed to the side of the cliffs.
Once a fishing village, the scenic town of Carvoeiro offers the perfect base for exploring the Algarve’s best clandestine sites. The small town is made up of two main streets offering shops, restaurants and picturesque colourful tiled buildings. Less than 10 minutes from the centre of town is Carvoeiro Hotel. The four star hotel is traditional in style but given a touch of luxury with modern bathrooms, large balconies and eclectic stylised décor. While the hotel offers a restaurant, the spacious one and two bedroom apartments are also well equipped for self-catering. Take a 700 metre scenic stroll to the centre of town for a bunch of traditional restaurants specialising in grilled fish and piri piri and for a modest beach where you can set out to sea to explore some of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve.
Mato Serrão - Praia do Carvoeiro,
8400-527 Carvoeiro, Portugal