This relatively small beach is found between cliffs and large rocks to the west of the center of Albufeira. It’s mostly frequented by locals, due to the location away from hotels.
There’s a restaurant right on the sand, which brings the locals throughout most of the year. It specializes in some rather expensive seafood and “the catch of the day,” and has large windows offering sea views. It’s been in business since 1986, and is what gave this previously secret beach its name. Portuguese celebrities are often seen dining here after a day at the beach, and it was a favorite of former President of Portugal, Aníbal Cavaco Silva.
In the bathing season, wicker parasols and loungers for rent cover much of the golden sand, but there’s some free space to spread your towel on the western side (to the right when facing the sea). At this time of year there is also lifeguard supervision.
This is a rocky bay and it’s recommended that you walk over the rocks to enjoy the beautiful scenery of low ochre cliffs (there is a path on the eastern cliff). There are also rocks in the water, so it’s not the best for swimming. However, the sea is usually calm, although at high tide and outside the summer months there can be stronger waves crashing against the rocks. At low tide, it’s a good beach for snorkeling, as there are many sea creatures to observe underwater, swimming around the rocks. At this time there are also tidal pools, which can be fun for children, although the rocks don’t make this a very child-friendly beach.
It flies the Blue Flag, indicating that the sand and the water are clean and safe.
Beach for: Couples
Bar or Restaurant: Yes
Parking: Yes (very limited)
How to Get to Praia do Evaristo
This beach is about a 10-minute walk from a stop of a bus (number 75 of the Vamus company) that goes from Albufeira’s bus station to Guia (the stop is “Praia do Castelo”). However, that’s an infrequent bus, so save yourself the hassle and the time, and go by car. It’s a 15-minute drive from the center of Albufeira, following road M526. From elsewhere in Algarve, take highway A22 and exit to Albufeira on exit 9. Continue on road N395 and turn right on the roundabout to road M526. On this road you’ll see signs pointing to the beach. Parking is very limited, in an unpaved area near the beach.
Beaches by Praia do Evaristo
From Praia do Evaristo you can walk to Praia do Castelo to the east (it’s an easy 15-minute walk up the road). From here it’s also about a 10-minute drive to another popular beach, Praia da Galé, to the west.
To locate these beaches, see the Albufeira beaches map.
Hotels by Praia do Evaristo
Hapimag Resort Albufeira
There are no hotels by Praia do Evaristo, but this condo hotel is within reasonable walking distance. It’s on the road that goes down to Praia do Castelo, about a 10-to-15-minute walk away (for other options, you might want to check out the hotels by Praia da Galé nearby). Here you have the choice of studios, 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom apartments, and there’s also an outdoor pool, a children’s playground and a restaurant.
SEE PRICES, AVAILABILITY AND MORE DETAILS HERE: Hapimag Resort Albufeira