The Best Beaches Near Lisbon


It goes without saying that many of the beaches near Lisbon are among the most enchanting and enjoyable in the whole of Portugal. But then again, with more than 600 miles of beaches to explore, you’re not exactly struggling for available options!

The area around Lisbon boasts some of the most beautiful towns, villages and resorts for short trips and extended stays alike. Such is the expanse of the region’s coastline that even during the height of the summer, you can always find a secluded spot away from the crowds.

It’s simply a case of knowing where to look!

From white-knuckle water-sports to tranquil days on the beach doing nothing whatsoever, you’ll never be far from whatever it is that takes your fancy. So with this in mind, what follows is a brief overview of just a select few of the very best beaches near Lisbon to check out:

Portinho da Arrábida

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country, Portinho da Arrábida represents a fair reward for a somewhat intensive trek. After taking the brief but enjoyable bus ride from Lisbon Oriente Station to the Serra da Arrábida National Park, you’ll have two choices – hike the rest of the way, or jump in a taxi. The overwhelming majority going with the latter. In any case, the journey is well worth it as Portinho da Arrábida boasts the kind of beauty that makes it extremely difficult to leave at the end of the day.

Sesimbra (Praia do Ouro and Praia da Califórnia)

In the same area you’ll also find Sesimbra – a gorgeous little town that has its own strain of beautiful beaches. Most of which are primarily about rest and relaxation, rather than water-sports and the like. Sesimbra is also a firm favourite among those in the know for its picturesque and frankly indulgent beachside restaurants. With its thriving local fishing industry, there’s no better place to sample the catch of the day among the most extraordinary surroundings.


The beach at Carcavelos is a relatively small and can therefore become a little congested at the height of the season. Nevertheless, it’s by far one of the easiest beaches to get to by way of a quick and cheap train journey. There’s another great beach at Parede which is ideal for a stop-off if you plan on heading the way of Carcavelos by car and have time on your side. Things are far more tranquil and peaceful here during spring and autumn.


Anyone on the lookout for some of the best surfing opportunities in the area should definitely head over to Guincho. It’s a far more rough and rugged experience in general, known for being somewhat windy throughout the year and not necessarily the best spot for family relaxation on the sand. It’s also not particularly easy to get to by public transport – particularly if you plan on taking your surfing gear along for the ride. Nevertheless, if you have your own transport and are looking for a dose of the rough-stuff, you’ll be in your element at Guincho!


By contrast, Tróia is one of the most beautifully tranquil and peaceful spots in the whole of the region. Completely untouched and unspoilt, the Tróia Peninsula can be reached from nearby Setubal by way of a wonderfully relaxing ferry crossing. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by more than 18 kilometres of beautiful beaches to explore, an enchanting marina and some of the most wonderful local restaurants Portugal has to offer. Spend your time relaxing and unwinding on the sand, or perhaps head out by boat to make friends with the local wildlife.

Costa da Caparica

Within easy reach of Lisbon, Costa da Caparica is the region’s answer to a classic seaside town. As one of the quickest and most convenient beaches to reach, Costa da Caparica sometimes gets a little busy during the summer though is comprehensively enjoyable nonetheless. In fact, it’s one of the best places to head if you fancy the idea of spending a few hours at a beach bar, sipping cocktails and watching the locals do what they do best. There’s also a pretty decent night-life scene, if looking to keep things going a little later.


Last but not least, the fact that Tamariz is positioned right next to a medieval castle makes it borderline impossible to take a bad photograph. At the opposite end of the beach, you’ll find an extensive range of amenities and resorts to keep you entertained. Tamariz serves up the best of all worlds – spectacular beauty, exceptional amenities and total accessibility from the surrounding region. If you’ve any energy left after a relaxing day on the beach, feel free to head over to the nearby Estoril Casino!

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