The 14 Most Instagram-Worthy Places in the Algarve

Ponta da Piedade
Ponta da Piedade | © imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Nina Santos
2 October 2017

Are you planning on spicing up your Instagram account with beautiful travel photos? When it comes to stunning coastlines and unique culture, few European destinations deliver quite like the Algarve. Here are our picks of the top Instagram-worthy spots in Portugal’s southern paradise.

Benagil Cave

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Tourist on kayaks enjoying outstanding beauty of Benagil Cave, Algarve, Portugal
Benagil Cave | © Jacek Sopotnicki / Alamy Stock Photo
Perhaps the most Instagrammed place in the Algarve, despite its watery entrance, is the striking Benagil Cave, located less than an hour west from Faro. While the western side of the Algarve is known for its rocky cliffs and amazing rock formations, Benagil certainly stands out, and wanderlusters tend to take notice.

Ria Formosa

Starting around Faro and extending east towards Tavira, the Ria Formosa is a beautiful blue and green oasis made up of lagoons and wetlands. This is a great location to get close to nature and even catch a few stunning photos of local birds.

Ria Formosa Marine Park | © Serhiy Stakhnyk / Alamy Stock Photo

Praia da Marinha

The Praia da Marinha in Lagoa is dotted with plenty of stunning cliffsides that are characteristic of the area. Like the Praia do Camilo, the cliffs are the show-stopper, but the sapphire-blue sea and nearby towns attract plenty of attention as well.

Praia da Marinha | © Adwo / Alamy Stock Photo

Ponta da Piedade

The rock formations at Ponta da Piedade offer yet more stunning landmarks in Lagos. The best way to explore this paradise is by boat or kayak.

Ponta da Piedade | © Susana Guzman / Alamy Stock Photo

Markets

From fish markets to gypsy markets, these locations will overwhelm all the senses and provide the perfect setting for more than a few cool and unique photos. They are also the key locations to find unique souvenirs.

Market stalls in Lagos | © Chris Howes / Wild Places Photography / Alamy Stock Photo

Faro

Faro is the regional capital of Algarve and is covered in historically important landmarks, especially throughout its ‘old town’. From the arches to the Sé Church, there is plenty to capture on camera (or on your phone).

Sé Church Faro | © Greg Balfour Evans / Alamy Stock Photo

Ferragudo

Ferragudo, located across the Arade River from Portimão and west of Carvoeiro, is easily one of the most beautiful seaside villages in the Algarve and a favorite of Instagrammers.

Fishing village of Ferragudo | © christophe cappelli / Alamy Stock Photo

Albufeira

The region’s party center also has a traditional side with roots deep in maritime history. From the houses to the beaches and even a water-based amusement park, Albufeira has no shortage of creative inspiration and lovely images to capture.

Old town Albufeira | © mauritius images GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo

Cabo de São Vicente

Wild, rugged, and isolated, the Cape of Saint Vincent is a powerful destination for surfing and photo-taking.

Cabo De Sao Vicente | © Reinhold Tscherwitschke / Alamy Stock Photo

Ilha de Tavira

The town of Tavira is a charming and quiet retreat from the usual crowds and resorts of the Algarve, but the Ilha de Tavira, or Tavira Island, is extra special. This sandbar is part of the Ria Formosa system yet stands out with its 12 kilometers of white-sand beaches.

Ilha de Tavira | © Joaquin Ossorio-Castillo / Alamy Stock Photo

Marina de Vilamoura

Upscale and sophisticated, the marina of Vilamoura isn’t just a place to park your boat, but also to enjoy a lovely meal against an equally lovely backdrop. Whether you share a photo of a sunset against the docks or one of a seafood dish at a local restaurant, your friends are sure to be jealous.

The Marina Vilamoura | © Rob Ford / Alamy Stock Photo

Aljezur and Vicentina Coast

The northwestern coast of the Algarve is a favorite among surfers and nature-lovers. Surrounded by the natural park (that extends to Alentejo), this part of the Algarve will offer a different view to the typical beaches and colorful cliffs normally expected from south Portugal.

Porto Covo Sea and cliffs in Costa Vicentina | © Angelo DeVal - Travel Photography / Alamy Stock Photo