After the first two articles of the series about the best beaches in Portugal, I travelled further south towards the capital’s metropolitan area to share my top 10 of Lisbon beaches – sunbathing is definitely one of the things to do in Lisbon.
Here are the 10 best Lisbon beaches:
1. Areia Branca Beach – Lourinhã
Areia Branca beach is the perfect place for those eager for excitement and entertainment. You may enjoy your day by surfing, bodyboarding or learning how to play golf, thanks to the mini-golf course near the beach. You will also find restaurants and bars that will extend your day in this beautiful place.
2. São Julião Beach – Sintra
With a stretch of sand of over 250 metres, São Julião Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the municipality of Sintra. Surrounded by cliffs, this beach is much appreciated by surfers, fishermen and nature lovers. Go up the cliffs to enjoy the view over the beautiful Ericeira.
3. Magoito Beach – Sintra
Magoito beach is known due to the fossil dune located along the ramp that gives access to the beach. Known as the consolidated dune, it is formed by the accumulation of sand generated by the joint action of wind and sea.
This beach has a huge stretch of sand rich in iodine, where various rocks stand out. South of the beach you will see Cape Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe.
4. Adraga Beach – Sintra
Located in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Adraga beach is a favourite destination in the summer, thus hindering parking.
With over 400 metres, this beach stretch of sand is popular among the sunbathers and fishermen. There, you will find a restaurant, public toilets and may visit the caves of Pedra de Alvidrar, a natural gem.
In 2003 Aldraga beach was considered one of the 20 most beautiful beaches in Europe – another one of the Lisbon beaches you should visit
5. Guincho Beach – Cascais
Guincho beach is the biggest in the municipality of Cascais; it’s a windy beach making it ideal to surf, kitesurf and windsurf. The capricious sea may pose a threat to swimmers, mainly due to its currents and winds but, in ideal conditions, Guincho beach is one of the most pleasant in the region.
Along the beach you will find many restaurants, luxury hotels and bars to party all night long. The beach is famous worldwide thanks to the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, shot in 1969.
6. Tamariz Beach – Estoril, Cascais
Tamariz beach is located in Estoril, near the train station. Separate from the gardens of Estoril Casino by the roadway and railway, this beach is one of the tourist attractions of the region, concentrating various bars and nightclubs. By the beach, facing São João do Estoril, you will find a free access ocean pool.
7. Carcavelos Beach – Cascais
Located 20 minutes from Lisbon, Carcavelos beach is much frequented by those living in the capital. In Carcavelos you will find restaurants, bars open until dawn, a school of water sports like surf and windsurf and a place for beach soccer and beach volley.
8. Meco Beach – Sesimbra, Setúbal
Protected by a clay cliff, Meco beach is considered to be the “Mecca” of Portuguese naturism. North of the big dune, the beach is also frequented by families that appreciate quietness, a vast stretch of sand and crystal clear waters.
9. Galápos Beach – Setúbal
Protected by the imposing Serra da Arrábida, Galápos beach is heaven on earth, with a beautiful blue and calm sea and a stretch of golden or very white sand. The crystal clear waters let you gaze at the bottom of the sea, making this beach perfect for a swim and underwater fishing.
10. Figueirinha Beach – Setúbal
The calm sea and the beautiful surrounding landscape make Figueirinha beach one of the most popular Lisbon beaches you’ll find. A sand bank emerges when it is low tide, making this beach popular amongst the adults but especially with the kids. You will find a parking lot, a restaurant and you may also rent slides and buoy bananas.
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