algarve straendeThere are more than 100 sandy beaches hugging the coast of the Algarve, 70 of which have been credited with the distinguished blue flag award. The beaches have clean water and most are easily accessed. Some of the more remote beaches on the west coast require 4x4 and have few or no facilities. The beaches in the east are longer and more open. In the west the beaches tend to be more enclosed by high cliffs.