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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

  • Arrifana beach

    Praia da Arrifana

    Sixteen kilometres north of Carrapateira lies the village of Aljezur, which is considerably larger than Carrapateira and probably one of the prettiest and liveliest towns on the western Algarve. From here buses run to a couple...
  • Ilha Deserta beach - Faro

    Ilha da Barreta (Deserta)

    Situated within the Ria Formosa National Park, just off the coast of Faro the Ilha Deserta (Deserted island) lives up to its name. There are no permanent inhabitants here and the only significant structure on the...
  • Costa Nova - Aveiro

    Barra and Costa Nova

    While Aveiro itself has no beach the coast each side of the town is a more or less continuous line of sand cut off from the mainland by a meandering lagoon, which is home to an abundant array of birdlife. The beaches of...
  • Estoril - Tamariz beach

    Tamariz Beach

    Tamariz beach is located in the popular and long established resort of Estoril at the Cascais end of the Lisbon - Cascais line. It's a lovely little stretch of sandy beach with plenty to do for all ages. There are rockpools for the...
  • Santuario de Santa Luzia - Viana do Castelo

    Viana do Castelo

    Located on the Lima estuary, Viana do Castelo is an attractive and lively coastal resort, popular with windsurfers, kitesurfers and surfers. There are good waves each side of the harbour, with a virtually unbroken expanse of sand...
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