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A beach in the Algarve municipality of Lagoa has been listed among the top ten most beautiful beaches in Europe by respected travel bible Condé Naste Traveler Magazine, alongside other stunning swathes of sand in countries such as Iceland, Croatia, and the UK.

While the list features locations in old beach-destination favourites such as Italy and Spain, it also features new and interesting destinations in less-obvious beach destinations, such as Iceland, Croatia, and the UK.

Lagoa’s Albandeira beach is ranked third on the list, after Cala Tonnarella, Sicily (Italy), and Durdle Door Beach, Dorset (England).

Taking bronze on the podium, Praia de Albandeira is praised for being off the beaten track as well as for its water.

“Despite high tourist traffic to the Algarve region, this tiny, secluded cove has (amazingly) remained somewhat under the radar. You won’t find any umbrellas, beach chairs, water sports, or beach bars here; just a golden lick of sand, cool crystalline waters, sea caves, and natural rock pools—which is precisely why you should visit”, the author writes.

An added bonus, the report states, is that “thanks to the ochre cliffs on both sides of the beach, the water is always calm and perfect for swimming and snorkelling.”

Playa de Migjorn, Formentera (Spain) and Île de Ré, Bay of Biscay (France) round off the top five spots, with the top ten being completed by Cala Goloritzé, Sardinia (Italy), Cala Macarella, Menorca (Spain), Navagio Beach, Zakynthos (Greece), Vik Black Sand Beach (Iceland), and Zlatni Rat, Brac (Croatia).

Article published by the Portugal News