A spur of land juts into a clear ocean under cloudless daytime skies. On the spur stand a striped lighthouse, palm trees, and an old multi-storey building, which is covered in ivy. This is Cascais.


Lisbon is just a short trip from beautiful sandy stretches where you can soak up the sun, go for a swim, breathe in the ocean air, or learn how to surf.

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A person surfing. They are wearing a wet suit. They are on the face of the wave. Water is spraying up from under their board. They appear to be moving quickly.

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A bay, viewed from wooded hills. Small slivers of beaches are visible along the cliffs to the left of the bay. Red tiled roofs poke through the tree cover in two places. The water is clear, and there are a handful of small clouds in the sky.

Less than an hour from Lisbon, there is a natural paradise that boasts both mountains and sea: Arrábida!


Among the most famous beaches in Parque Natural da Arrábida are Ribeira do Cavalo, Galapinhos, Galápos, Coelhos and Creiro. A little further on, you’ll come across Portinho da Arrábida, one of the prettiest beaches in Portugal.

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A row of multi-storey houses facing the sea. To the right, a sandy beach is nestled against a low sea wall. People lie on the beach under umbrellas while others walk the sands and swim in the calm waters.

The beaches between Lisbon and Cascais are closer than you might think. You can take the train from Cais do Sodré, or take a scenic drive along the coastline.


Beach-wise, Santo Amaro, Oeiras and Carcavelos are the biggest and most family oriented. Carcavelos is ideal for surfing and skimboarding beginners.

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A sandy beach viewed from atop a cliff. People are dotted along the sand and in the water. White foam caps the waves. A rugged coastline disappears into the distance.

Ericeira’s Pedra Branca, the Coxos and Ribeira d’Ilha are world famous for their perfect surfing conditions, but if you’re seeking calmer waters, there are plenty of options.


An hour’s drive west of Lisbon, Foz do Lizandro and Praia de São Julião are two of the most popular beaches in this seaside area. Praia dos Pescadores is one of the safest in the whole region, as a pier jutting into the water there creates a bay of sorts.

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A sandy beach at sunset. A rocky cliff juts into the water. The beach is quiet, but there are several people fishing where the sand meets the sea. The waves are capped with foam.

Praia da Adraga, Praia Grande and Praia das Maçãs are quintessential Atlantic-coast beaches with lots of sand and excellent waves.


The clean air, the beauty of the hills, and the train that descends from the centre of Sintra to the beaches are reasons enough to visit.

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Costa da Caparica

A long stretch of sandy coastline viewed from rocky hills. A thin sliver of grass and shrubs separates the hills from the beach. There are small white-capped waves in places. The sky is almost entirely clear of clouds.

Just a few minutes from Lisbon are 15 kilometres of beaches at Costa da Caparica.


It’s very easy to get there by car, simply by crossing Ponte 25 de Abril. You can also catch a bus from Praça de Espanha or Campo Grande.


You’ll reach São João beach first, but there are lots more options if you keep moving along the coast. Located in a former fishing village, Fonte da Telha is one of the best for families.

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A thick band of shallow, clear water winds through a sandy expanse. Two young children stand in the water, talking to each other. One is holding a fishing net and the other is holding a spade. In the distance, a low hill covered in greenery. The sky is empty of clouds.
Praia da Lagoa de Albufeira is an unusual beach, with a lagoon that flows into the sea.

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