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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.

Without doubt, Portugal is home to some of the best beaches in the world.

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Best beaches in Portugal

Popular Portuguese Beaches

  • Praia de Vieira

    Set between the river Lis and the ancient pine forest of Pinhal de Leiria is the resort of Praia da Vieira. There are plenty of places to eat and things to do along the beachfront including the Mariparque water park...

    Leiria
  • Praia da Cresmina - Cascais

    Cresmina beach (Praia da Cresmina) is located right next to the bigger, much better known Guincho beach - in fact it is sometimes referred to as "Little Guincho". A...

    Cascais
    Blue Flag beach
  • Zambujeira do Mar beach

    Zambujeira do Mar is one of the best spots on the Alentejo coast. Set in the Costa Vicentina and Sudoeste Alentejano Nature Park this sleepy seaside village still retains much of its charm. A huddle of whitewashed...

    Vila Nova de Milfontes
    Blue Flag beach Accessible beach
  • Praia dos Salgados

    Set around a kilometre east of the resort of Armação de Pêra is the Praia dos Salgados. It is really just one section of a massive crescent of beach that stretches from the resort, halfway to Albufeira.

    Unlike...

    Armação de Pêra
    Blue Flag beach Accessible beach
  • Guincho beach

    Located just around the corner from Cascais is one of the regions best known beaches. Unlike the beaches of Cascais and Estoril, Praia do Guincho faces directly into the Atlantic Ocean making it a very different...

    Cascais