Portugal: Praia da Marinha

Praia da Marinha is considered the best and most emblematic beach of the Algarve coast, it’s also often named in top 10 beaches in Europe (and CNN once named it among top 20 beaches globally). Chances are that any promotional materials you see about Algarve will feature photos of this beach with its golden sand and golden seastacks and cliffs and multiple sea arches. You can see this beach from the water as part of the Algar de Benagil boat tour, but a totally different panorama can be had from the top of the cliffs, a bird’s eye view (or a drone) of the ultra photogenic coastline peppered with dramatic rock formations. Also a short drive from here is the large Alfanzina Lighthouse, with access blocked, but you could still snap a pic.