That’s right! The 21st of June announces the arrival of summer and the season grants all our wishes. Either to enjoy the holidays or simply a weekend, we’ve made a small list of beaches near Lisbon. The list itself is short. You can visit one beach each day or each weekend; beaches with soft sand, water and sun. All mixed up to create the perfect recipe by Fora da Rota for happy days.
The Guincho beach is one of the biggest in the area of Cascais, and it is situated at about 30 minutes from the centre of Lisbon. Because it is very windy, it is internationally famous for the practise of water sports, like windsurf and kitesurf. It was the scenery for the “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” James Bond movie, filmed in 1969. And there are people who say the wild beauty of the beach remained unaltered until today.
Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the center of Cascais, it is surrounded by ancient palaces which give it a charming look. From the beach, you can see the luxurious Albtatroz hotel and the Palmela and Faial chalets. The waters are always calm and clear. If you prefer to walk, you can follow the fence wall until Estoril.
In Costa da Caparica…
Costa da Caparica spreads on a surface of 30 km, and it’s formed of a group of various beaches, each one with its own appeal. The beaches from Costa are the most visited, mainly for this reason. We recommend you to go to the beaches which are further along the coast. The Sereia beach is an excellent place to practise water sports, being isolated from the crowd. It’s also known by the name Waikiki beach, because of a restaurant and bar there.
Fonte da Telha
Sheltered by the coast of Arriba Fóssil da Caparica, a protected area of natural richness, you can find the Fonte da Telha beach. With its scenery of underground houses, it may fool you at a first glance, but it’s a place which offers a great variety of restaurants and bars. It is an ideal location for the sports’ fans, especially surf lovers, as well.
Portinho da Arrábida
Located on the coast of Parque Natural da Arrábida, it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Its natural aspect of a beach with soft sand and crystal waters contrast with the green mountain landscape. It is an ideal place to relax and rest.
A beach with a breathtaking scenery, Figueirinha, is known for its extended area, especially at the time of low tide, revealing a some sort of bay. It is among the favourite beaches for windsurfing.
If you wish to run from crowded beaches, this is the ideal place. Difficult to access and not supervised, the Coelhos beach is a quiet place, located in a small bay at the foot of the Arrábida mountain range. The road until there can be rough, but it is worth the sacrifice as it invites its visitors to rest and delight themselves with the scenery and crystal waters.
Ribeira do Cavalo Beach
A difficult to find location, as well, the Ribeira do Cavalo is located in Sesimbra. It is named like that because of a large rock in the shape of a horse’s head situated there. It is considered one of the most exotic beaches of the region, reminding tourists of the beaches from Caraibe. To arrive to this place is not easy. If there is no boat, the access is by land, a bit restricted due to the difficulty of the route and need of some sense of direction.
Located in the natural park of Sintra-Cascais, this beach is of great appeal because of its natural scenery of rocks and thin sand. In 2003, it was nominated as one of the top 20 most beautiful beaches in Europe.
Magoito Beach is known because of the fossil dune situated next to the access ramp. It is sheltered by rocks. In the South, Cabo da Roca can be seen – the most Western point of Europe.
Translation by Ioana Bota.