Algarve, the jaw-dropping southern coast of Portugal, is not only a favourite place of European holidaymakers, but it also attracts travellers from overseas. This sun-soaked region is packed with incredibly scenic and cliff-bordered beaches that are one of the main Portugal’s selling points. Along with the picturesque fishing towns, scenic routes, well-developed hospitality sector and glorious climate you cannot go wrong when booking a plane ticket to Faro.
As the dramatic coastline of Algarve stretches over 200 kilometres, there are numerous incredible beaches to mark on your map. But which ones to choose if there are so many natural wonders on your way?
Praia de Camilo, the iconic sea lookout that comes straight from Algarve postcards, is a gem that you must see while exploring the sunny Portugal coastline.
ABOUT PRAIA DO CAMILO
Along with the breathtakingly stunning neighbouring beach of Praia Dona Ana, the Beach of Camilo is one of the most iconic ones in Algarve. This nature gem is nestled between orange cliffs and bordered with turquoise and calm waters.
The beach can be accessed by a walk through 200 wooden steps, and it’s this very stairway that makes Praia Do Camilo so special and dreamy. When combined with the incredible surroundings, walking down the stairs of Praia Do Camillo feels like stepping into a whole new world of natural wonders and relaxation.
The surrounding cliffs shelter the beach from the ocean winds making Praia do Camilo a perfectly safe spot for swimming.
The beach is only a short walking distance away from Ponta da Piedade, a stretch of sandstone rock arches and sea stacks off Lagos' most southerly headland.
HOW TO GET TO PRAIA DO CAMILO?
The closest airport to reach Algarve is Faro (FRO) and it’s accessible by direct flights from the main European airports. You can also reach it by a domestic flight from Lisbon if you happen to explore the capital.
Praia Do Camilo is located only 10 minutes from Lagos, which makes it a perfect stop on your road trip along the dramatic coast of Algarve.
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT PRAIA DO CAMILO
Although there is not a bad time to visit Portugal, some seasons are better than other ones, depending on what the purpose of your trip is. The sunny coast of Algarve is not known for warm waters, and jumping in the sea during early summer may be a chilly experience. Late June to September are the warmest months, which means higher water temperatures too. This is the best time to book a flight for if you like comfortable swimming conditions and you don’t mind crowds.
If you, however, want to enjoy all the spectacular beaches with fewer people around, plan your adventure for April, May or October.
HOW TO GET TO PRAIA DO CAMILO
The easiest way to reach Praia Do Camilo is by car. The beach is located just 10-minute drive from Lagos and one hour from Faro Airport. There is free parking space available near the restaurant, but limited. During peak season it is advised to arrive as early as possible to find a parking spot. Otherwise you can always park your car next to the road. From the centre of Lagos, it takes about a 30 minute walk to get to Praia do Camilo.
WHAT TO BRING
Although the beach is bordered and shaded by cliffs, it is recommended to bring a parasol and a reef-safe sunscreen in case the strong Algarve sunshine kicks in. Although there are a couple restaurants around, it’s great to bring your own lunch and drinks to enjoy while soaking up the sunshine.
If you are a snorkelling lover, take the kit with you for the best underwater experiences!
NEARBY LOCATIONS WORTH VISITING
DONA ANA BEACH
Next to Praia Do Camilo, you’ll come across Dona Ana beach that is as well one of the most iconic spots in Algarve. This gem is surrounded by limestone cliffs and offers some of the most spectacular views which can be watched either from the dreamy stairway or the beach itself.
MEIA PRAIA BEACH
Meia Praia beach is a 4-kilometer long stretch and is fully equipped with all necessary tourist facilities. It is also a perfect spot for water sports like surfing and bodyboarding. The beach is conveniently located within a within walking distance from Lagos.
PONTA DE PIEDADE
Full of breathtaking caves and towering rock formations, Pomta De Piedade is one of the Algarve highlights. This place is just under a 20-minute walk from Praia Do Camilo. While stepping down the path, you’ll be rewarded with breathtakingly beautiful views of limestone cliffs and turquoise waters washing the beach shores.
WHERE TO STAY NEAR PRAIA DO CAMILO
The coast of Algarve is full of family and couple-friendly resorts as well as boutique hotels. These are the ones worth taking a look at:
-Casa L. N. Noa
-Casa Da Madalena
-Casa De Oksana
-Palmares Beach House Hotel