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Beaches – LISBON
For those that want to escape the city we have listed a few great beaches to check out at maximum 1 hour drive from Lisbon.
Carcavelos beach is the first surfing beach on the way to Cascais, just a 30 min train ride from Cais de Sodre station.
The beach has a large expanse of sand and is much sought after by surfers, windsurfers and bodyboarders.. There is a pedestrian area surrounding the beach, where you can find many restaurants, bars and outdoor coffee shops. The perfect spot to spend a day on the beach.
Located at the foot of the gardens leading up to Estoril Casino, Tamariz Beach was once known as Elegant Beach and frequented by the high society that spent their summers on the Estoril coast. It is still one of the most popular beaches given its central location and the close proximity of the railway station. Tamariz Beach has a complete range of services and facilities, including a saltwater swimming pool located next to the promenade.
Head a bit further all the way to Cascais, a beautiful coastal town at 30 km from Lisbon, and discover the amazing Guincho beach, considered one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in the country.
It is characterized by a strong swell and strong winds and is one of the best beaches for extreme sports and wind & kite surfing.
Make sure to take a walk in the “Guincho-Cresmina” dunes and feel the special energy!
Situated in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, the Ursa Beach is gorgeous and considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the area.
The access to the beach is a bit steep and difficult, but undoubtedly worth the effort, and can take up to one hour.
As the access to the beach is quite hard, it is mainly frequented by fishermen and naturists.
Travellers from around the world elected Galapinhos beach as Europe’s most beautiful beach in 2017.
Located in the Arrabida Natural Park, in Setubal, less then 1 hour away from Lisbon, you will be blown away by the calm blue Atlantic waters and the unspoilt nature surrounding the beach.
Access via the sand stretch of the Galápos beach or via a way that allows to go through some stairs to the beach.
Costa de Caparica beaches
Located just across the Tejo River, the Costa da Caparica coastline is simply stunning and famed for its vast sandy beach (a 15 km golden strip of sand), powerful waves and wonderful natural scenery, all of which is less than a 20-minute drive from central Lisbon. During the summer this is where the Lisboners flock to, so expect serious traffic jam crossing the 25 de Abril bridge.
The further south you head, the more likely you are to find less crowded beaches and better beach bars.