Now that I got your attention, I swear this is not a clickbait (which by the way seems to be more than trendy these days) because I am not annoying like that.
As we got that clear, I'd like to introduce you to the most beautiful beach in Europe, or at least one of the most beautiful ones.
I love the beaches in Algarve, Portugal as they are harsh and rocky and you can see the waves crashing to the shore and against the gigantic weird shaped rocks, but at the same time there is something so gentle and beautiful that creates a perfect balance. As I stand there a little too close to the edge, at least according to friend of mine who stands far from the edge and shakes her head, I can't stop but wonder how beautiful our little world is. As I stare at the view, a lecture that a member of Algarve's tourism board had given earlier this week came to my mind; her words had painted me a picture of ships heading to the new world, sailing away to the horizon full of hope and excitement of the unknown. Then I remember the common belief of that this was the end of the world. If it indeed was this beautiful, I would not mind.
Even it's only April and it is just a little over +20 Celsius and the first sunny moments in days, which the locals insist is very unusual in Algarve, it is supposed to be sunny almost every single day of the year, but well, we had bad luck I suppose. The turquoise ocean against the orange(ish) rocks keeps calling me. In a short moment, we can't resist no more and we start to look for a way to get by the water.
There's a path that we take which itself is also a beautiful site with all the green around it. As we make our way down the stairs we hear Yeppees & Yuhuhuuus and as we finally arrive at the small white-sanded beach surrounded by big rocks. We quickly find out who the happy voices belong to. We see a local family playing near the waves and a little dark-haired boy holding his beach bucket and running around and jumping in the waves.
It doesn't really take a long time and we are there doing the exact thing, waiting for a big wave and then running as the mother nature keeps chasing us until we find ourselves covered in sand and salt in our hair. And very late from our fancy gala dinner.
There are plenty of beaches and incredible rock formation in Algarve and it would be impossible to visit all in a day, therefore I really hope that one day I can go there with a plenty of time to waste and simply take in the beauty of the Portuguese coast.
The best way to move around in Algarve and around the attractions and beaches is by car. Therefore, I advise to go with a group of four or less and rent a car and drive around to see the best places of Algarve. Driving in the Southern Portugal is easy as the traffic isn't too bad and the roads are in a relatively good shape. Here I gathered a few good tips if you are considering to rent a car in Algarve or Portugal in general.
- Book as early as you can! (The prices can be double, even triple if you do it at the last minute) - Make sure you have some extra on your credit card as the company might freeze a certain amount with some extras until the car has been returned - There are different types of roads and the motorways have toll fees - The legal age for renting a car in Portugal is 18, but there are some companies that have higher age limits or they charge you extra for young drivers
All in all, I'd say Algarve has earned its nice reputation and it certainly is not only rumours and hype, you need to go and see it yourself!