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  • Praia da Bordeira

    Peeking over the dunes and past the river towards the vast expanse of sand that is Bordeira. At low tide this beach stretches for around 3km up the coast.

    This is the exposed west coast of the Algarve and has a much wilder feel than around the corner. Instead of cliffs there are sand dunes and the waves here are far bigger and more powerful.

  • Coimbra Garage

    Possibly the most ornate garage I've seen! This one is located in Coimbra and even has pump attendants

  • Parede beach

    The beach at Parede is a pleasant stretch of sand which backs onto an raised esplanade. Above this is the main "Marginal" coast road which runs between Lisbon and Cascais, which you can just make out here.

    The road was constructed in the 1940s and a fair chunk of Parede beach was built over in the process.

  • Esposende Fort and Lighthouse

    The Farol de Esposende (Esposende Lighthouse) set in front of the Forte de São João Baptista de Esposende. The 15 metre tall lighthouse dates back to 1922 is unusual in that it is made of metal.

    The fort dates back to the late 17th century and was built to guard the mouth of the river

    Both buildings sit on the northern banks of the river Cávado just behind Esposende's beach

  • São Pedro do Estoril Beach

    The beach at São Pedro do Estoril has always been one of my favourites along the Lisbon - Cascais line. With parking just off the Marginal road and a nice beach-side cafe I spent many a morning here with a galão and tosta-mista.

  • Praia de Odeceixe

    Praia de Odeceixe (beach) is located at the mouth of the Rio de Seixe (River Seixe) which forms the border between the Algarve and Alentejo regions of Portugal. This is the northern end of the beach which has a wilder appearance than the main beach. The southern end (Praia de Adegas) is a naturalist beach.

    Praia de Odeceixe has been awarded the Blue Flag award on a number of occasions for its cleanliness and facilities.

  • Carcovelos Beach and Sao Juliao Fort

    View of the Forte Sao Juliao da Barra (Saint Julian Fort) at the eastern end of Carcavelos beach. Presumably the fort is set here to defend the entrance to the Tejo river and Lisbon a few Km upstream.

    Carcavelos is one of the most popular beaches around being the closest large, sandy beach to Lisbon. If you look the opposite direction from here there is a large stretch of golden sand.

    The beach here is also one of the best surf spots in Portugal. Consistent throughout the winter, this beachbreak is known for its powerful, barelling waves.

  • The Anchor Graveyard - Praia do Barril

    The Anchor Graveyard (Cemitério das Âncoras) is located on the Ilha de Tavira behind the beach at Praia do Barril. This strange arrangement of anchors is in fact a kind of memorial to the lost tuna fishing industry that once thrived here. The anchors themselves were used to keep the nets in place as opposed to mooring the boats.

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