Coelha Beach (Praia da Coelha) epitomizes the glorious beach and coastal lifestyle of the Algarve. At Coelha Beach, the sand is fine, the water is warm and the scenery is stunning. Come here to top up your tan, cool off with a refreshing swim, explore craggy cliffs and spot colorful ocean life.
Access to the beach is via a scenic pathway framed by bamboo, carob and olive trees. It then cuts through an opening in a cliff before reaching a wooden staircase. Walk down the steps to be greeted by a picture-perfect cove and the glistening water of the Atlantic Ocean. Large boulders lay scattered along the shoreline and tall cliffs protect the beach from strong winds.
Crowds gather around the entrance to the beach, where there is a restaurant that serves light snacks and seafood dishes. Sun loungers and umbrellas are available for rent in this area. Walk toward the western side of the cove to find a quieter spot. When the tide is up it’s possible to paddle around a headland to Praia da Maré das Porcas where you can walk or swim through a natural rock-cut tunnel.
The sea is calm and pleasant for swimming, although you should be aware of the pebbly seabed when entering. There’s plenty of sea life to see so bring snorkeling equipment if you have it. Children will enjoy searching for and collecting the shells that wash up on the shore.
For some adventure, follow the dirt trails from the back of the beach and up onto the cliffs. Pay attention to the warning signs and keep a safe distance from the edge. Do this in the evening to witness the sunset along the Algarve coastline.
The beach is located 4.4 miles (7 kilometers) west of Albufeira. There’s a car park at the beginning of the pathway.
Coelha Beach is busiest during the summer months, when there are lifeguards on patrol. Arrive in the winter months to find an often deserted bay.
With a small beach a short walk or shuttle ride away, this resort hotel is 3 km from Albufeira, 7 km from Zoomarine and golf courses, and 25 km from Faro International Airport. Castelo and Coelha beaches are nearby.
Nestled on the beach, this Albufeira hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Arrifes Beach and Sao Rafael Beach. Coelha Beach and Albufeira Marina are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This vacation home is located in Albufeira (Sesmarias), close to Coelha Beach, Castelo Beach, and Evaristo Beach. Also nearby are Manuel Lourenco Beach and Sao Rafael Beach.
Located in Sesmarias, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Castelo Beach and Evaristo Beach. Coelha Beach and Manuel Lourenco Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This family-friendly Albufeira aparthotel is located by the sea, within a 10-minute walk of Castelo Beach and Evaristo Beach. Coelha Beach and Manuel Lourenco Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This villa is located in Albufeira (Sesmarias), close to the beach, Coelha Beach, Sao Rafael Beach, and Castelo Beach. Also nearby are Arrifes Beach and Evaristo Beach.
Located in Sesmarias, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Castelo Beach and Coelha Beach. Evaristo Beach and Sao Rafael Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This farm stay is located in Albufeira (Sesmarias), close to the beach, Coelha Beach, Castelo Beach, and Evaristo Beach. Also nearby are Sao Rafael Beach and Arrifes Beach.