Make restaurant reservations ahead of time and prepare or buy food to bring to the beach.
To get to the beach at Praia da Bordeira you will have to walk about 10-15 minutes, depending on where you park. There didn’t appear to be a stroller path and you might have to wade through a stream. We carried our youngest in a backpack carrier. The older kids loved playing along the stream. Careful though, the sand can get hot.
Get an early start in the morning so you have lots of time to enjoy the beaches. Plan to stay all day and enjoy a beautiful Portuguese sunset to finish out the day.
We found the Algarve to have nice weather and few crowds during April (despite it being Spring Break). It can get quite hot later in the summer.
A coastal drive in this part of Portugal for kids and adults is an unforgettable experience, the views are incredible and the cliff-top hikes are amazing. Start the day by driving out to Cape St. Vincent to explore the most southwestern point in Europe. From Cape St. Vincent, make the short drive back to Sagres, which has a plethora of dining options. A Casinha, a restaurant featuring local dishes, won’t disappoint. You’ll certainly leave with full, happy bellies. Next, venture out to Southwest Alentejo and the Vincentine Coast National Park. This national park is home to Praia da Bordeira, one of the coast’s most beautiful beaches (20-30 minute scenic drive from Sagres). Your kids will enjoy hours in the sand, small streams and of course, jumping in the waves! Once you’ve had enough beach time, take the stunning coastal road, Estrada da Praia, to Praia do Amado. This beach is the home of the Algarve Surf School. Watch the surfers in the setting sun while eating ice cream purchased at the kiosk above the beach. This itinerary along the southwestern point of Portugal truly offers the best family beach day in Portugal.