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The best beaches in Lisbon and Oporto

Suggestions to escape the hustle of the city this time of the year


For anyone who is a fan of diving, surfing, sunbathing or simply taking long walks or runs by the sea. And all of this far away from the crowds!

Check out our tips to freshen up your days while visiting Lisbon and Oporto.


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Beaches near Lisbon

Guincho Beach, Cascais
On the 4th place of the Tripadvisor's list (Travellers Choice Awards 2015) for the best beaches in Portugal and famous for surfing, windsurfing or kitesurfing, this beach may be less pleasant for regular bathers. With a view to Serra de Sintra, this is a quiet beach, even during summer months.
Poça Beach, Estoril
With own parking and a train station 15 minutes away, this beach can be an option for those looking for calm waters and little wind. For bathers, the beach is relatively rocky in the west side. The terraces in this area are very pleasant.
Adraga Beach, Sintra
Part of the Sintra-Cascais natural park, this beach is one of the most beautiful and quiet in the area of Sintra, hidden between rocks and cliffs. In 2014, The Guardian elected it as the best beach in Portugal.

Tamariz Beach, Estoril
Perfect for those looking to have fun in their visit to the beach. It is near the Estoril Casino and several bars, restaurants and nightclubs. It is easily accessible by public transports and, for bathers, the waters are calmer than in most beaches in this area.

 

Beaches near Oporto
 

Homem do Leme Beach, Foz do Porto
Located in the most illustrious area of the city, here you will find everything you need to spend a pleasant afternoon, with a playground, terraces and parking areas. Easily accessible by any mean of transport, it has been awarded with the Blue Flag.
From the HF Ipanema Park hotel, it will take you 10 minutes by car to get there.
Matosinhos Beach, Matosinhos
It is also an urban beach, with easy access and a wide sandy area. In addition to having all sorts of activities during the day, this beach is famous and sought after by lovers of surfing, already having been named as one of the best beaches for surfing.
Aterro Beach, Leça da Palmeira
Also awarded with the Blue Flag, it is visited by surfers and bodyboarders, but it has everything to please all tastes. Surrounded by natural vegetation and with a rocky area visible between the tides, Aterro has a peculiar beauty.
Senhor da Pedra Beach, Vila Nova de Gaia
Further south, we suggest the Senhor da Pedra Beach, in Miramar, considered one of the best in Europe by the European Best Destinations and already highlighted by The Guardian as one of the best beaches in Portugal. You can visit it by car or train.
 
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