Charming, budget-friendly and versatile … that’s Portugal, one of Europe’s most fascinating and colourful destinations. Whether you’re looking to conquer the waves with your surfboard or want to travel with your children, Portugal offers a wide range of seaside resorts and beautiful stretches of coastline to suit every need.
Praia do Guincho, Cascais
Located on the coast of Estoril near Lisbon, Praia do Guincho is very popular for wind- and kitesurfing during the months of winter. If you’re looking to learn how to surf, you can find some great schools nearby and a camping zone where you can set up your tent. The days are long and the sunsets spectacular – make sure you make the most of them!
Praia do Meco, Alfarim
This beach is found just 40 km south of Lisbon, in the spectacular Natural Park of Serra da Arrabida. Popular with both locals and tourists, the park attracts all kinds of people: families, couples, surfers and even nudists flock here in summer to disconnect and enjoy the tranquillity.
Praia da Rocha, Portimão
Golden cliffs, fine sand, coves and crystal clear water as far as the eye can see. Praia da Rocha is one of the longest beaches in Portugal and a great place to kick back and relax. Despite the expansion of holiday resorts along the coast, you can still find a tranquil and romantic spot where you can enjoy the sunset together with your partner.
Praia da Falésia, Albufeira
Praia da Falésia is a magnificent beach that gets its name from the red cliffs that surround it. Although swarming with tourists during the day, in the evening the atmosphere is more serene. You can even see local fishermen unload their catch on the shore!
Praia de Odeceixe, Aljezur
Located in the Natural Park of Vicenza, Praia de Odeceixe is known for its cleanliness and pristine water. If you prefer someplace more private,we recommend Praia de Adegas, a small beach not too far to the south.
Praia de Tróia, Setubal
The Tróia Peninsula is the ideal place for sailing, windsurfing and snorkelling. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you’ll find a bar right on the beach, as well as an area to play football and volleyball. This location is also popular with golfers and is easily accessible by ferry from the town of Setubal.
Portinho da Arrábida, Setubal
If you’re looking to go diving, this beach is known for its crystal clear waters. The Natural Park of Serra de Arrábida that surrounds it, is rich in unique flora and fauna – the perfect spot to relax, do some bird watching or go hiking. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some dolphins!
Praia de Moledo, Viana do Castelo
Particularly popular in summer with tourists and surfers, Praia de Moledo is a picturesque bay located near the scenic town of Viana do Castelo. It’s definitely worth a visit if you ask us!
Praia da Aguda, Porto
This white sand beach is a mecca for surfers and scuba divers. If you’re looking to relax and recover, the water in this region is rich in iodine and incredibly beneficial for physical health.
Praia da Costa Nova, Ilhavo (Aveiro)
Praia da Costa Nova has a lot of personality and something to offer for everyone. At one end of the beach surfers can enjoy high tides, and at the other, towards Ria de Aveiro, the sea is calmer, perfect for sailing or swimming. As you walk along the beach, you’ll spot tiny colourful houses once belonging to fishermen.
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