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The Best Beaches in Portugal

Choosing from among all the beaches in Portugal is no easy task, as the country is blessed with endless miles of beautiful coastline.

If you have chosen Portugal as your holiday destination, whether as a family, a couple or with friends, the beach will surely be on the agenda... so check out our selection of the most gorgeous spots from across the country.
 

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Marinha Beach

We couldn't begin this guide without mentioning the Algarve's beautiful beaches. Lagoa, in particular, is home to the incomparable Marinha Beach. Rocks, caves and an immense cliff sculpted by eons of erosion protect this semi-wild paradise. You can reach the site by taking a staircase.

Once there, you will discover crystalline waters with a fabulous contrast of green and blue, as well as an underwater world with a wealth of flora and fauna.

Galapinhos Beach

Voted the most beautiful beach in Europe in 2017 for its crystal clear waters and enchanting natural landscape, this beach can be reached after a walk through the surrounding greenery from the route of the Arrábida Natural Park. Or you can go via the rocks to the nearby and more accessible Praia dos Galapos.

The Best Beaches in Portugal - Portugal

Porto Santo

In the Madeira archipelago lies Porto Santo Island, better known as the Golden Island, celebrated for the therapeutic properties of its turquoise waters.

It also stands out for the warmth of its waters, which contribute to a very pleasant bathing experience.

The Best Beaches in Portugal - Portugal

Odeceixe Beach

On the coast of Alentejo lies the beach of Odeceixe. It is ideal for a family excursion due to its shallow waters and lagoons where the youngest among you can enjoy a safe day out at the beach. Its white sand, caves, breathtaking views and slate cliffs make it a must-see for any trip to the region. Here you can enjoy a pleasant outing in a canoe and discover a variety of animal species.

Please note that there is an area of this beach dedicated to nudists. 

Guincho Beach

Cascais is home to a true surfer's paradise: Guincho beach, licked by huge waves from the Atlantic Ocean.

With an almost omnipresent wind and rough waters, it is not the best spot for a quiet family holiday, but it is certainly a place suitable for the more active.

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Dona Ana Beach

Lagos, a town in the Algarve, is entrusted with protecting what is, for many, the most beautiful beach in the region. The golden-coloured rock formations, sculpted by the sea, have created areas sheltered from the wind, where swimming is extremely pleasant. These cliffs also add something special to the peaceful, clear waters of Dona Ana Beach. Its crystal clear waters are a favourite with scuba diving enthusiasts.

Nazaré Beach

The coastal municipality of Nazaré is located between Porto and the country's capital. Here you will find a place steeped in strong fishing traditions and typical Portuguese architecture. The huge waves of the Atlantic Ocean have made this beach famous among surfers. If you are looking for adrenaline on your next holiday, then Nazaré beach is definitely the perfect destination for you.

The Best Beaches in Portugal - Portugal

Comporta Beach

Ideal for families, Praia da Comporta is the most popular beach in Alentejo, attracting large numbers of visitors. Bordered by the deep blue and emerald green of the Atlantic Ocean, its golden shoreline stretches for 5km to the site of Brejos da Carregueira.

If you're lucky, you might spot groups of spinner dolphins.

Located at the far end of the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve and at the beginning of the Atlantic Ocean, this beach is bordered by wild dunes. A perfect spot for swimming, bodyboarding and watching the sun go down. 

The Best Beaches in Portugal - Portugal

Camilo Beach

Located in the middle of a rocky landscape, Camilo Beach is reached via a series of steps of about 200 metres. Before you start your descent, stop to take in the beautiful surroundings. Nearby, and accessible by the same staircase, is the Ponta da Piedade, an imposing rock formation with caves that have been bored out by the sea. It is a regional landmark and is best seen from a boat. Excursions are also available to take you to the caves and small beaches nestled among the rocks.

Tavira Beach

The island of Tavira stretches alongside the Algarve and is blessed with 11 kilometres of beaches. This destination is ideal for families seeking peace and quiet and who want to explore the old town. With its crystal clear, warm and calm waters and sweeping stretches of sand, it's well worth a visit!

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