The Best Beaches to Visit in Lisbon

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Destinations, Lisbon, Portugal | 4 comments

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, lies on the Atlantic coast and boasts a number of scenic  beaches. It’s an ideal  getaway for those looking for a city break, along with a chance to relax at the beach.

Lisbon Portugal

Lisbon Portugal

Being right on the Atlantic, the beaches have something of a reputation to uphold, and there are quite a  few which make the visit worthwhile. A day at the beach, while on vacation in Lisbon, is a nice and simple activity that can be both relaxing and rejuvenating.


Carcavelos is a picturesque location, situated just 600 metres from the train station in the main town, beside the historical São Julião da Barra fortress. The beach provides fun opportunities for visitors to surf  and play beach soccer. These activities, surfing bars, and a number of trendy restaurants make it a popular beach destination with the younger generation.

Photo Credit: (Creative Commons License)

Photo Credit: Rodolfo Barros; Creative Commons License


A nudist beach, set in a very secluded area of Lisbon, Meco became popular in the 1970s as one of the first ever nudist beaches. The surrounding area attracts an artistic clientele, lending to its laid-back atmosphere. It’s very popular with European tourists, and features a number of cliff-tops providing sweeping views of the surrounding bay.

Praia Da Adraga

Adraga has a reputation as one of the most beautiful beaches on the continent. It sits in a peaceful location, surrounded by large cliffs that provide protection from the Atlantic waves.  It sits by the town of Sintra, home to an extraordinary number of fantastic, reasonably priced, seafood restaurants.


Guincho is a windswept, scenic beach, ideal for surfers and those who enjoy water-sports.  The many  bars and restaurants provide great views of the bay. Never overly crowded, this is an ideal beach for those wanting a bit of peace and quiet after the hustle and bustle of Lisbon.


Finally, picturesque and laid back Caparica Beach is easily accessible by bus from Lisbon. There are several beaches in close proximity, providing visitors with some great beach combing opportunities. Trendy bars and restaurants add to the vacation atmosphere.

Caparica Beach, Portugal (Photo Credit  Tet Sy; creative commons license)

Caparica Beach, Portugal (Photo Credit Tet Sy; creative commons license)


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