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Portugal Beaches

With around 600 miles of coast, much of which is sandy beach, Portugal is a beach-goer's paradise. Add Portugal's excellent climate and you can see why portugal rates as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe

Portugal's beaches vary widely in both appearance and the range of activities they offer. From the weird and wonderful rock formations of the Algarve's coves to the exposed, windswept expanse of Guincho near Cascais all are endowed with an unquestionable natural beauty.

Unlike other countries in Southern Europe, whose coasts face into the calm waters of the Mediterranean, Portugal faces the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. As a result they provide some of the best surf and surfing in Europe.

Portugal also scores well with its Blue Flag beaches - there are 18 in total most of which are in the vicinity of Lisbon. These beaches are rated not only on their excellent water quality, but on the facilities available and therefore make excellent family beaches.

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Popular Portuguese Beaches

  • Praia do Vale de Centeanes

    Praia do Vale de Centeanes

    This pleasant stretch of sand is situated at the bottom of high, steep cliffs similar to those at Carvoeiro just along the coast. Fortunately there is a shallow valley leading down to the beach at the eastern...
  • Sesimbra Beach

    Sesimbra

    This curving, turquoise bay just 40km south of Lisbon is home to a long, sandy beach that splits in two at high tide to form a strand each side of an intriguing waterfront fort. Jetskis and ketches play off-shore while droves of Lisbon...
  • Ribeira beach - Cascais

    Ribeira Beach

    Praia da Ribeira is the beach located closest to the square and old part of Cascais. Also known as Praia do Pescador (Fishersman’s Beach) there is often plenty of activity with small boats being launched and landed into the shallow...
  • Ribeira d'Ilhas beach - Ericeira

    Ribeira d'Ilhas

    Set in a valley between high cliffs, just to the north of Ericeira is the beach of Ribeira d'Ilhas. A lovely sandy beach complete with river and lots of interesting nooks and crannies, there's plenty here for the kids to do...
  • Santa Cruz - Portugal

    Santa Cruz

    Located just out of easy range of Lisbon, Santa Cruz beach is still a popular spot but less cosmopolitan than the beaches in the Sintra area. The beach itself is a huge stretch of beautiful sand backing on to the village of Santa Cruz at the...
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