2/20  Praia da Galé, Albufeira, Algarve

Portugal’s Algarve region is a bit of a show-off when it comes to Blue Flags, with 86 beaches, along its 155km coast, more than making the grade.

Dune-trimmed Praia da Galé is just a whisper off the beaten track, so it’s possible to stretch out a bit here, even in high season. But lifeguards are on duty all summer, you can hire sun loungers, the local fish restaurants score top marks and there’s even a cool little beach bar.

Where: Central Algarve

Best for: swimming; rock-pooling; sandcastles; fish restaurants

Nearby: 20 minutes drive west of Albufeira

Book Villa Quinta Riad Alamos 15 minutes drive from Praia da Galé

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