Top 10 Most Instagrammable Places In The Algarve

Traveling to the southern Portugal and want to get the perfect photos? Follow this top 10 guide and make sure you get the Algarve's best spots!

Living in the south of Portugal for the past three years, I’ve had enough time to explore and fall in love with the Algarve and all its most beautiful locations. From the world-famous Benagil sea cave to the shy but charming castle of Silves, I’ve gathered a list of the 10 best locations for the perfect photos in the Algarve! 

Take a look at these amazing pictures that these girls took! For me, that’s the perfect way to have a trip to remember.

Make sure you visit all these places during your travels and have a blast trying to take the perfect photos!

❤ above all, enjoy the moment! ❤


1. Benagil Cave


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The Algarve postal card, the Benagil cave is a huge sea grotto on the southern Portuguese coast. You can only get in there through the water, and getting a perfect pic may be a little tricky. But if people on the internet did it, so can you!

The best way to get there is with a kayak or stand-up-paddle guided tour, that will take you safely inside the cave. Have a rest on the beach, climb that big rock and strike a pose! This is the must-do photo in the Algarve.

Read also: Living in the Algarve: all about sunny southern Portugal for expats

2. Praia da Marinha


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Also known as one of the most stunning beaches in the universe, the Marinha beach is a ridiculously beautiful place that you can enjoy for free! It’s located near the Benagil cave, so you can do both visits on the same day.

My personal favorite is to have a nice walk along the cliffs that surround the beach. From the parking lot, go walking right until you reach the beautiful arches. Then, of course, go back and enjoy the beach.

The views of this beach are amazing and for me, it truly represents the beauty of the Algarve. You will see that this location will make you want to take a thousand pictures of each angle.

3. Estudantes beach bridge over cliffs


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Just outside Lagos, the Estudantes beach seems to be just a regular beach. Get there and be surprised! The cliffs of the beach hold a bridge and hidden tunnels carved in the stones. Following one of the tunnels, you’ll get to another beach, praia da Batata.

The photo is another classic and the beach is very calm. Explore the beach, relax and sunbathe and strike a pose at the most photographed bridge of southern Portugal.

4. Praia do Camilo stairways and rock


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One of the most iconic photos of the Algarve travelers, the Camilo beach is stupidly photogenic. As you get there, the beach is located in Lagos, you will go down an amazing walkway and stairway that leads to the beach.

The cliffs and the rock formations of Lagos are incredible and this beach captures all that passion. It almost makes poetry.

Oh and besides the stairway you can also find a cute cliff that splits the beach in two, and that has a hole where you can take a fantastic photo. You’re welcome.

5. Rock Formations of Algar Seco


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Near the charming village of Carvoeiro, there is a magical place called Algar Seco. This area is a combination of golden cliffs and rock formations by the ocean that you can explore and get lost – beware your balance.

In there you can find caves that were sculpted inside the cliffs, some that are like houses and have beautiful windows to the sea. Make sure you get your best looks at this place, you will love it!

6. Silves Castle


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Built in the 11th century, the castle of Silves used to guard what was once the capital of Algarve. It is the best-kept building of the Moorish-era in the region and, besides being a great historical location, it’s also very photogenic! The ticket to the castle is only 2,80€.

The road that leads to the small city of Silves is filled with orange trees, mountains, and typical white Algarvian houses. That said, a lot of photo opportunities on the way!

7. Ponta da Piedade cliffs and walkways


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Sheltering the city of Lagos, the cliffs of Ponta da Piedade are a classic beauty of the coast. You will fall in love with it from any angle!

A lovely idea is to walk along the cliffs and go down to the amazing spot where you can take the perfect pictures. Take your time to explore the whole area, it’s really worth it. Just be careful and respect the safety limits.

Did you know that before the Benagil cave was the hype, the Ponta da Piedade cliffs were the most famous attraction of the Algarve? Some people still say that they are the best. Tell us what you prefer!

8. Faro Old Town


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When you pass by the city of Faro, make sure you visit its old town, Vila Adentro. Stroll down the old cobbled streets, see the ancient walls, and marvel at the beautiful coast of Ria Formosa.

The Marina of Faro and the Ria Formosa pier are my personal favorites, but you definitely should stop by the arch of the village. The Algarvian spirit is on these walls, keep it in a photograph.

We have a nice itinerary to guide you in the historic center of Faro, check it out here!

9. The Views of Carvoeiro


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Carvoeiro is one of the most beautiful villages in the Algarve. This village grows with the golden cliffs by the ocean, giving it a romantic vibe to take your breath away. See for yourself!

This place will definitely give you a #blessed feeling. It will be a photo to remember.

A great idea is to enjoy the view, then walk on the walkways by the sea until Algar Seco rock formations. It’s a nice view of the ocean and the golden coast, perfect for a nice afternoon hike.

10. Palácio de Estói


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The palace of Estói, which is also a hotel, is a charming building of the 17th century. Its lovely garden and the typical Portuguese architecture and tiles will guarantee you great photos.

It is located near Faro and you can visit the exterior of the palace and the gardens for free, even if you’re not staying at the hotel. Totally a must-do!


Did you love it? I did!

Writing this article was one of the easiest things for me to do, simply because I truly love living in the Algarve! I hope you have an amazing time exploring Portugal. Have a great adventure!




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Post written by Letícia Melo.

Hi there, I'm Leticia! Living in Portugal since 2017, I'm a Brazilian writer passionate about traveling, discovering new cultures, beaches and music! Let's share our best experiences!

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