Set in the Parque Natural Arrábida near Setúbal, the idyllic Praia de Galapinhos is one of the regions most stunning beaches. The crescent of golden-white sand, backed by the densely forested hills of the Serra da Arrabida, is lapped by crystal-clear azure waters. It is little wonder this beach was awarded 'most beautiful beach in Europe' by the European Best Destinations organization.
Whilst the beach is a little slice of paradise getting down to it is a different matter. Access is via either a steep, uneven path known locally as the 'goat path' or by a scrabble over the rocks at low tide. Some might see all this as a positive as it serves to keep the number of beachgoers down. However, it does mean those with limited mobility will not be able to reach the beach on foot.
Unsurprisingly facilities are quite limited, although there is a small stand selling snacks.