From Comporta to Costa da Caparica, Musement takes a look at ten of the best beaches near Lisbon.
Some go to Lisbon attracted by its nostalgic charm while others dig fado music while still others go for the restaurants. Yet there’s another great reason to visit: the beaches near the city. The latter is exactly what we are going to dive into. Here are the best beaches near Lisbon.
Among Lisbon’s most popular beaches, Carcavelos is quite busy because it’s just a 20-minute train ride from downtown Lisbon on the Cascais line, and a just a 10-minute walk to the shore. The large beach has fine sand and offers all sorts of amenities and activities, another reason it’s the main beach for Lisbon natives.
About 19 miles from Lisbon lies Cascais, a charming fishing town where aristocrats use to spend their summers. The various beaches include Duquesa, a popular spot for surfing and sailing. After visiting Cascais’ old town —which is less than 30 minutes by train from Cais do Sodré in Lisbon—there’s nothing better than ending the day with a dip in the water.
Not too far from Cascais—three miles to be exact, Guincho beach is a gathering point for surf and windsurf lovers due to the big waves and strong winds. While it might not be the best place for swimming, its shore is a nice place to stroll. Admire the wild surroundings and visit one of the seafood restaurants.
4. Costa da Caparica
Costa da Caparica, to the south of the Tagus River, sits about nine miles from Lisbon. This group of fine-sand beaches has preserved its authenticity thanks to how they’re more popular amongst locals than tourists. Sao Joao de Caparica (the northernmost), Fonte da Telha (the southernmost) and Medos (for the partiers) are among Costa da Caparica’s most popular beaches.
Adraga beach is located in an optimal natural environment, nestled between picturesque cliffs that form part of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It’s super busy during the summer, so either go early or wait until the afternoon and enjoy the views from the restaurant’s lookout. Easily accessible by car from Almoçageme.
Comporta beach is found at the southernmost point of the Tróia peninsula (an hour from Lisbon), Surrounded by the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve, the beach maintains a well-preserved eco-system of sand dunes and pine trees. Many have yet to discover this coastal enclave that, tanks to its tranquility, has become a refuge for celebrities looking for a chic shore on the Atlantic. Comporta, which belongs to Alcácer do Sal, is also popular among kitesurfers.
7. Foz do Arelho
Foz do Arelho, a little more than an hour north of Lisbon, is an ideal beach for spending the day with the family. Lagoa dos Óbidos, its beautiful lagoon, flows out into the beach, which is noted for its shallow water and warmer temperatures due to its sheltered location. If that’s not enough, it’s complete with picnic tents.
European Best Destinations named Galapinhos beach the best European beach in 2017—a non-surprising choice. Located around 30 miles from Lisbon in Setúbal, the beach is undoubtedly a clear water oasis that will leave you in awe. Its secret? It’s a bit difficult to access which helps preserve its natural beauty.
9. Portinho da Arrábida
Portinho beach, near Setúbal, undoubtedly makes the cut. Located within the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park, the spectacular beach is a paradise of fine white sand, which sharpens the vibrant blue water and the green vegetation. If you enjoy scuba diving, the waters of this tranquil bay will fascinate you.
10. Isla Deserta
Isla Deserta, (deserted island), is the furthest from Lisbon. Its name hints at the limited infrastructure found at this remote beach, one of Portugal’s most beautiful. Part of the Algarve, the little island is only accessible by boat from Faro, rendering it an ideal place to disconnect and relax.