As one of Europe’s leading city-break deastinations, some may be surprised to hear that the wonderful Portuguese Capital, Lisbon, provides some of the greatest opportunities for beach getaways in all of Europe.
This list details the very best shores, sands and seas, which are easy to visit, no matter where you’re staying in Lisbon.
Praia de Carcavelos
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Located on the convenient and accessible Estoril-Cascais Coastline, this spot is definitely a tourist favorite – and with good reason. It can be reached via a picturesque trip on the well-maintained Lisbon-Cascais train line, and provides facilities for families and guests of all ages.
Known for its long stretches of golden sands, and surf-friendly waves, it’s a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike. However, it is worth being aware that, because of this, peak season can get rather crowded.
Costa da Caparica
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For an enjoyable excursion away from the capital, the town of Costa da Caparica offers a modern and metropolitan take on beach life. 15km of golden sands assures visitors a quiet, relaxed and undisturbed opportunity to soak up the summer rays, and take a cool dip in the refreshing waters.
Perfect for young adults and travelers without children, the strip is lined with a host of sleek bars and other attractions. A true favourite with the locals, it’s also a great place to meet native friends and learn more about the true culture of the country. The northern end, nearest the resort town, is by far the most developed and easiest to access from Lisbon.
Praia de Guincho
Surfers, body-boarders and thrill seekers should definitely head down to the Praia de Guincho. Known for its good swells, there’s always a chance to catch some waves and get the rush you need from your time at the coast. Unfortunately, due the strong currents that create these perfect conditions, this beach is not recommendable for young children or weak swimmers.
It’s also less accessible than the others on the list, requiring a train and a bus ride to get there. Because of this, it might be worth considering spending one or two days of your trip around this area, to make the best of the waves.
Praia da Rainha
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Sometimes all you need from a trip to the beach is beautiful surroundings, azure water and golden sun. Praia da Rainha is by far the most aesthetically stunning of all of Lisbon’s local coastline. It’s quite small, so has the tendency to get busy in peak seasons, but no amount of crowd can take away from the beautiful cliffs, rocky shores and picturesque developments.
Historically, it was chosen by the Queen as her own private beach and, because of this, is surrounded by luxury amenities and great places to grab a bite to eat. With a comprehensive lifeguard team on shore, it’s also a great spot for families to stay safe.
No matter what type of beach you’re looking for, Lisbon offers the perfect seaside getaway for all the family. So don’t miss out next time you touch down in the city.
Guest post sponsored by the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon.