Photoblog: The Rocky Cliffs of Algarve, Portugal

Posted on April 18, 2011 by

Along the craggy coastline of Algarve,  sandy-brown cliffs studded with green foliage run for miles alongside the Atlantic Ocean. These rock outcrops that jut out along the shore resemble the Twelve Apostles in Victoria, Australia; yet the flashy beach boulevards here are unmistakably European. Surfers get ready to ride the waves while holidaymakers lounge under the shade of the cliffs to soak in the languid undercurrent.

A few months back, Alberto and I took a road trip from our base in Spain to Algarve, Portugal, in search of some sun, sand and the sea. Best known for its flurry of resorts and high-rise hotels, Algarve surprised us with its stunning setting and wild beaches. Here are some photos to take you through our journey – enjoy!

Algarve's cliffs at Portimao beach. Portugal  A secluded beach near Portimão stretches for miles without a single person in sight.

Rock cliffs of Algarve, PortugalSandy-brown rock cliffs line the entire coastline of Algarve.

Atlantic Ocean - Algarve, Portugal   View from above – rocky outcrops strongly braving the ferocious waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

roof of a sea cave - Algarve, PortugalPeeking through the roof of a sea cave.

 A hole through the cliffs - Algarve, Portugal

Lookout point at Algarve, Portugal  A lookout point atop the cliff’s edge.

Surfer preparing to ride the waves - Algarve, Portugal    A surfer gets ready to ride the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

8 Responses to “Photoblog: The Rocky Cliffs of Algarve, Portugal”

  1. Debbie Beardsley April 19, 2011 12:36 am #

    These pictures are beautiful. They make me want to visit the Algarve even more than I did before. Maybe its because we are just getting out of the winter doldrums, but beach scenes look really warm and peaceful to me right now!

    • admin April 19, 2011 4:23 am #

      Algarve really is stunning. In fact, I’d recommend visiting during off-season periods, when beaches are quieter than usual. In summer, they get pretty packed and less appealing.

  2. Vis_Wanderer April 19, 2011 4:22 am #

    Great pictures! Hope to visit there one of these days

  3. Taylor October 2, 2012 1:08 pm #

    I am in the algarve right now for a month. Learning to surf, eating seafood, and taking photographs;)

  4. Kyle March 28, 2014 9:13 am #

    Heading of to the Algarve in the summer for a golf tournament! Great pics! But the third and fourth pics look like a head shot view from the movie 127hours! Thought I would just put it out there!


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