Discover the best beaches in Portugal
The glorious sun melting into the skyline, magical coastlines, stunning beaches, and clear blue waters make Portugal the perfect holiday destination! Are you a beach lover wanting to discover the best beaches in Portugal?
Coastlines dominate almost 70% of the country’s territory and visitors are sure to experience a series of some of the most stunning beaches in Europe here! Based upon the amazing natural beauty and their still unspoiled character we have made our selection of the best beaches in Portugal.
Are you searching for the most beautiful beaches in Portugal? Look no further! Read on to discover the best beaches along the beautiful Lisbon coast and the glorious Algarve region!
1. Odeceixe (Alzejur, Algarve)
This ‘Surfer’s beach’ is nestled in the Aljezur district on the West coast of the glorious Algarve region. The magnificent Odeceixe beach is 4 km away from the village. You will find the Seixe river running on one side and the crashing waves of the ocean on the other side, mother nature at its best! No wonder the unspoiled Odeceixe beach is considered as a real jewel in the Vicentine Coast Natural Park.
Famed for being top surfer’s beach, this beach attracts numerous visitors, backpackers and enthusiasts from all around the world to witness its impeccable splendor. This blue flag beach is home to all the amenities one could dream of. From quaint little cafes and a few beach side stalls and local shops, Odeceixe has so much to offer for all those looking to enjoy some of the best beaches in Portugal.
Why not enjoy the scenic beauty of the region by driving up to Odeceixe from Faro or Lisbon? The fastest route is definitely by car or Uber. It will take you approximately 1hr 20 min from Faro to Odeceixe and around 2hr 45 min from Lisbon, respectively. The parking is a bit of a letdown with narrow sideways on the hills to perch your car on especially during the rush season. But the hassle is so worth the wonderful views!
2. Comporta (Setubal)
Soft golden sand as far as your eyes can see and breathtaking beauty await you at Portugal’s best-kept secret: Comporta beach. This gorgeous beach stands out in a league of its own! Between lush green towering pine trees, rice fields’ luxurious amenities, white sand, and azure blue waters, Comporta beach is the place to be!
The beach is almost an hour-long drive away from Lisbon and has shaded car parking spots. The vibrant Comporta café beach club is a local hotspot. The summers are overflowing with tourists, wealthy Lisboetas and celebrities swaying to the rhythm of the music blasted by DJ’s and the overall exclusive yet hipster vibe of the beach. What are you waiting for?
3. Galapinhos (Arrabida, Setubal)
Nestled in the Arrabida Natural Park, the beautiful Galapinhos beach was voted as Europe’s most beautiful beach’ in 2017. Need we say more? The Arrabida mountains offer a panoramic backdrop of this magical Eden of the Mediterranean.
The unspoiled beauty of the virgin sands and the crystal clear blue water are less then one hour away from Lisbon. Treat your soul as you set foot on this slice of heaven to witness the unmatched beauty of one of the best beaches near Lisbon! You can access the beach via the sand stretch of the nearby Galápos beach or via a way that allows to go through some stairs to the beach.
4. Arrifana (Alzejur, Algarve)
Roughly 10km southwest of the picturesque town of Alzejur in the Algarve region, lies the quaint, blue flag Arrifana beach. A hotspot for surfers, this beach is sheltered by a crescent-shaped bay hidden in the fishing village perched beyond the dark cliffs. The beach is accessible via a steep downward path with cute old cottages situated at the clifftop offering magical views.
Arrifana beach is 3hr away from Lisbon and around 1hr 20 min away from Faro. Wonderful views and equipped with all facilities, what more could one ask for?
5. Praia do Camilo (Algarve)
Iconic and magnificent, the Camilo beach is another jewel on the Algarve crown! 200 wooden steps descend to this slice of heaven with sparkling water and soft sand that melts as soon as you step on it. This small yet wonderful beach is packed with tourists during the summer months and is exceptionally well-maintained.
Stunning rock arches guard the beach and the aqua green water is perfect for kayaking, swimming and snorkeling! Drive to this magical beach in less than 3hr from Lisbon and merely an hour from Faro. We recommend restaurante Camilo right above the beach for a delicious seafood lunch!
6. Falesia (Algarve)
Falesia beach is a a 6 km long blue flag beach with crystal clear water and golden sand. It stretches between Vilamoura and Olhos de Agua,and is one of Portugal’s longest beaches. Ranked as Portugal’s best beach and the number 11 best beach in the world in 2019 by Tripadvisor, it is not difficult to understand why this is one of Portugal’s awarded beaches! The scenery is just stunning, especially because of the beautiful red and orange colored sandy cliffs. Walk along the 6km long stretch of clean sand all the way up to Vilamoura. Travel to Falesa beach directly from Faro in only 30 minutes by car! Watch the amazing beauty of Falesia beach in this video.
7. Magoito (Sintra)
Facing the glorious Atlantic Ocean is the Magoito beach, located in the Sintra National park. This impressive beach is well-protected by a towering dark cliff and a consolidated dune with rocks splattered across the coastal line. Visitors stop in their tracks to witness the amazing scenic view of this beach as they park their cars on the clifftop. This well-maintained beach with golden sand and cold water is certainly one of the best beaches in Portugal and is less then 1 h away from Lisbon. Perfect time to visit is at sunset, and have a drink at the Esplanada Duna Mar, totally worth the drive. We promise!
8. Guincho (Cascais)
Situated 5 km away from the centre of the beautiful beach town of Cascais, Guincho beach is the epitome of Portugal’s surfer spirit! The mighty tides and cool breeze makes kite and board surfing an adventure sport that you will not forget! Take up the various surfing lessons or enjoy the wonderful scenery at the foot of the Sintra hills from Bar do Guincho, a restaurant and a bar placed on the beach, with excellent food and drinks. We recommend to park your car in the parking of Bar do Guincho, accessible via the Estrada do Abano. This unique beach is only 30 minutes away from the sunny capital of Lisbon, a must-visit!
9. Adraga (Sintra)
Voted amongst the top 20 beaches in Europe by an English news paper, Adraga beach is the remarkable land of cliffs and rock formations! A rental car will have to take you to this remote location that is 13km west of Sintra. Packed with tourists in the summer but almost deserted outside of the summer months, this beautiful beach is home to the judgment rock, plenty of water sports, hidden coves and tunnels and so much more! Don’t take our word, why not visit to uncover its true splendor yourself? You can have lunch at the legendary seafood Restaurante da Adraga right on the beach!
10. Praia da Ursa (Sintra)
Many visitors to Portugal visit the fairy tale palaces of Sintra, but few know that the area is also home to some stunning beaches. You will find the pristine Ursa beach close to Cabo da Roca, at the most western point of the European continent. Watch out as the beach is not watched by lifeguards and access to the beach is considered difficult and dangerous, as you’ll have to hike and part of the way in a zigzag down the side of a cliff. But, once you make it to the beach, you will understand why people, both locals and visitors, enjoy exploring it. The sights are stunning, with the vast expanse of the blue ocean and colossal stones called Ursa (Bear) and Gigante (Giant) marking the coastline.
Did you like our selection? Portugal is waiting for you to witness some of the best beaches the country has to offer! Should you have other beaches to recommend please let us know! What are you waiting for to pack your bags and embark on a trip of a lifetime?