The best beaches near Lisbon 🌅
It goes without saying that many of the beaches near Lisbon are among the most charming and pleasant in the entire country. But then again, with over 960 miles of beaches to explore, there is no shortage of options available!
The area around Lisbon boasts some of the most beautiful cities, villages and resorts for short trips and extended stays. This is the extent of the region’s coastline which, even during the height of summer, can always find a spot away from the crowds.
It’s simply a case of knowing where to look!
From whitewater sports to quiet days on the beach without doing anything at all, you’ll never be far from anything you like. So with that in mind, the following is a brief overview of some of the best beaches near Lisbon to check out:
Portinho da Arrábida
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Portinho da Arrábida represents a fair reward for a rather intense walk. After taking the brief but pleasant bus ride from Oriente Station to the Serra da Arrábida National Park, you will have two options – take the route on foot or in a taxi. The overwhelming majority choose the latter option. Anyway, it’s worth the trip, because Portinho da Arrábida has the kind of beauty that makes it extremely difficult to leave at the end of the day.
Sesimbra Beaches (Ouro Beach and California Beach)
In the same area you will also find Sesimbra – a beautiful little town that has its own variety of beautiful beaches. Most of which is mainly about rest and relaxation, rather than water sports and the like. Sesimbra is also a favorite among those who know its picturesque and frankly indulgent restaurants by the sea. With its thriving local fishing industry, there is no better place to sample the fish of the day among the most extraordinary surroundings.
Anyone looking for some of the best surfing opportunities in the area should definitely head to Guincho. It is a much rougher and tough experience in general, known for being a bit windy throughout the year and not necessarily the best place for family relaxation on the sand. Also not particularly easy to reach by public transport – especially if you plan to bring your surf gear for the tour. However, if you have your own means of transportation and are looking for a dose of the raw material, you will be in your element in Guincho!
In contrast, Troia is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in the entire region. Completely untouched and intact, the Peninsula of Troia can be reached from nearby Setubal via a wonderfully relaxing boat trip. On arrival you will be welcomed by more than 18 km of the most beautiful beaches to explore, a charming marina and some of the most wonderful local restaurants that Portugal has to offer. Spend your time relaxing and be in the sand, or maybe by boat, and take in the local wildlife.
This paradise of crystalline blue waters is located one hour south of Lisbon, in the city of Carvahal, in Alcácer do Sal. The beach of Comporta, the incredible blue of the Atlantic Ocean, the many kilometers of golden sand and the green forest, allow us to enjoy majestic landscapes of a perfection that reminds us of a wilder California.
Comporta, a small village on the peninsula of Tróia, is a real find, with low prices and no crowds. Not yet well known, this secret has already become one of the ideal destinations to spend holidays in Portugal.
Costa da Caparica Beaches
With easy access to Lisbon, Costa da Caparica is the region’s answer to a classic coastal city. As one of the fastest and most convenient beaches to reach, the Costa da Caparica sometimes gets a bit busy during the summer, although it is understandably pleasant. It’s actually one of the best places to go if you enjoy spending a few hours in a beach bar, sipping cocktails and watching the locals do what they do best. There is also a very lively nightlife if you wish to take advantage of the area until later.
The beach of Carcavelos is relatively small and can therefore become a little congested at the height of the season. However, it is by far one of the easiest beaches to reach by means of a quick and cheap train journey. There is also another great beach in Parede which is ideal for a visit if you are thinking of going to Carcavelos by car and having some time on your side. Things are much more peaceful and tranquil there during the spring and fall.
Last but not least, the fact that the Tamariz is positioned next to a medieval castle makes it impossible to take a less beautiful photograph. At the opposite end of the beach, you will find an extensive range of amenities and resorts to keep you entertained. The Tamariz serves the best of all worlds – spectacular beauty, exceptional amenities and total accessibility of the surrounding region. If you have some energy after a relaxing day on the beach, feel free to head to the Estoril Casino, which is nearby!