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What makes the perfect beach? We think we’ve found it!

It’s an argument we’ve had time and again on the Travel desk: what makes the perfect beach?

There’s no such thing as perfection, of course — some killjoy will always pick holes — but, despite the lost tempers, we’ve reached a loose consensus. And, last summer, we may have stumbled across an arc of sand that ticks almost all of our (highly subjective) fantasy-beach boxes. The best beach in Europe? We’re sticking our necks out and saying yes.

 

 

And, last summer, we may have stumbled across an arc of sand that ticks almost all of our (highly subjective) fantasy-beach boxes. The best beach in Europe? We’re sticking our necks out and saying yes.Martin Hemming

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Article by : Martin Hemming January 8 2017, 12:01am, The Sunday Times

 

If you’ve scrolled through Instagram within the last year or so, then you already know that Portugal is the place to go. It has turned up on more must-visit lists lately than nearly anywhere else. And no wonder—the sun-soaked, western sliver of southern Europe has much to offer: rich culture, beautiful architecture, and a dazzling culinary scene. (Not to mention the well-styled hotels that are the stuff of social media dreams.) While scores of travelers are drawn to the vibrant cities of Lisbon and Porto, would-be visitors should also look to the south—namely, the Algarve region—for an under the radar coastal retreat that’s full of authentic Portuguese pleasures.um,” which is scrambled Latin used by designers to mimic real copy. 

 

Although equal in beauty to neighboring Mediterranean mainstays like Majorca and St.-Tropez, the Algarve is still enjoying relative obscurity—but with glittering new resorts popping up along the coastline, a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants, and a delicious type of wine you won’t find anywhere else, it’s only a matter of time before that’s no longer the case.

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JULY 1, 2017 3:00 PM

by LINDSAY LAMBERT DAY

 

Everything changes where the motorway ends. Suddenly, just beyond Lagos, there are no more superstores, no more water-parks, no more billboards for party nights; the pinky-white condominia of the central Algarve no longer glimmer on the horizon. The cars on the road look dustier and older; wind down the window and the scent of eucalyptus and ozone-packed sea air floods in.

For a hit of relaxed beach life, it's no longer enough to simply head south; you also need to go west. And the long stretch of pristine coastline from Cape St Vincent at the far south-western tip of continental Europe to Sines, two hours south of Lisbon, is just about perfect for those of us still nostalgic for the innocent pleasures of European seaside holidays as they used to be before the crowds descended.

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words by PAUL RICHARDSON