When you think of a beach holiday in Portugal, immediately you will picture the southern coastline, better known as the Algarve. With sandy beaches and warm waters, you can’t go far wrong. If you are looking for something more however; an exciting mix of city hustle and bustle with the calming lapping of the ocean waves, we have the perfect answer.
The special city of Lisbon and its lovely beaches! Did you know that it is the only European capital city to sit on the coastline? Allowing its visitors to kill two birds, city culture and beach culture, with one wonderful stone, Lisbon makes for an excellent holiday destination. So here is a guide to some of the best beaches it has to offer.
Sesimbra beach is excellent for families with young children due to its location within a sheltered bay. The long expanse of sand is completed with a small harbour at one end, and the calm waters are wonderful for swimming. Windsurfing and diving offshore are popular activities and on the sand you can hire umbrellas and enjoy the bar and restaurant facilities.
One of the primary Blue Flag beaches, Tamariz beach proves popular thanks to its convenient and easy to reach location. Back dropped by the attractive resort of Estoril, you will find wide sandy stretches and plenty of amenities such as showers and sun shelters on offer. Having soaked up the sun and frolicked in the calm waters, the selection of bars and restaurants will provide a cooling drink and delicious meal to fill you up.
Portinho Da Arrabida
Portinho Da Arrabida is unanimously said to offer the best waters on the Lisbon coast. Tranquil and beautiful, the waters are crystal clear and excellent for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Public transport doesn’t frequent this beach which frankly only makes it better. A visit here will be a true treat with your own transport.
Located just over one hour away but easily reached with car hire Lisbon, the picturesque and traditionally Portuguese village of Ericeira boasts some truly great beaches. With a really charming atmosphere and perched high on the cliffs above the Atlantic, the village comprises of tiny streets and whitewashed buildings. The beaches below are popular for surfing, particularly Ribeira das Ilhas which is internationally regarded. Not to fear though; if you fancy taking on the waves, you won’t have to miss out as some other stretches of sand are calmer and better for swimming.
Although not one of the best beaches for swimming due to the powerful waves, Guincho beach is a sight for sore eyes. It‘s said to be the most beautiful of Lisbon’s beaches. Located just outside Cascais, an attractive town in the suburbs of Lisbon, it is shrouded by cliffs and lush hills.
This is just a very small introduction to the beaches of Lisbon, but with golden sands, welcoming waters and plenty of time to explore them all, you won’t fail to be impressed.
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