Portugal is well known for its rich culture, exciting cities, stunning natural areas, and glorious beaches. Not only are the beaches great for relaxing, sports, sunbathing, and swimming, but they are also largely free to enjoy! Whether you are travelling alone, in a group, or with the family, a day or two lazing on the sands will be both an enjoyable time and also a great for your budget. With so many terrific spots though you may have difficulty deciding where to go!
There are four main beach areas along the country’s coastline; Casta do Sol, the Beiras, Costa Verde, and the famous Algarve. Costa do Sol is within easy reach of the capital city of Lisbon, the Beiras is in the central part of the country, Costa Verde sits close to the border with Spain and is said to boast the most dramatic and scenic spots, and the Algarve is in the southern part of Portugal.
Some of the best beaches in Portugal include:
Miramar beach boasts long stretches of beautiful golden sands, lapped by the clear and cool waters of the ocean. It is a relatively quiet and peaceful beach, so if you are looking for somewhere to relax and escape the crowds it is more than ideal. Even in the main high season the beach is comparatively quiet. As well as soaking up the warming sun and cooling off in the sea you can also visit the small white chapel that sits on a jagged rock right next to the water.
Praia da Rocha, Lagos
Another quieter spot is the lovely Praia da Rocha. As well as pristine sands, there are also some fascinating caves in the vicinity that are well worth taking a trip to; you can combine relaxation and adventurous exploration. There are good facilities within easy reach, and younger visitors are sure to enjoy the nearby museum.
Costa da Caparica, Almada
Many visitors are drawn to the beautiful shores of Costa da Caparica year after year, and you will find a good mixed crowd of both foreign and domestic tourists. Whilst there are good facilities and amenities, it is also possible to find areas that have not (yet!) seen too much development. There are great waves for surfing, so if you are looking for some watery fun you are in luck! There is a charming promenade where you will find plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop, and there are also many such places in the main town too.
Praia da Marinha, Lagoa
The golden sandy cove faces out to the sparkling ocean and has a picturesque background of pale cliffs. The craggy cliffs and natural weathered stone arches are truly beautiful to look at. Although at high tide there is only a narrow strip of accessible beach, if you visit at low tide you will not only have more sand to enjoy, but you will also be able to visit other nearby coves and bays. There are interesting caves nearby that can be visited by boat. To reach this lovely beach you must descend some steep steps – but remember, you also need to get out the same way too!
Troia Peninsula, Setubal
Reached by boat, this gorgeous peninsula boasts over 15 kilometres of pristine sandy beach. Relax on the sands and swim in the gleaming ocean, or perhaps take a boat trip to explore the area and try and see dolphins swimming in the ocean.
These are just five suggestions for the best beaches in Portugal – almost everywhere along the county’s coastline you will never be too far away from a lovely beach!