Updated: Aug 5, 2021
When we think of Portugal, one of the things that come to our mind are the beautiful beaches along its coastline that are approx. 1800 kms long. The country’s beaches are amongst the finest in Europe with a variety of blue waters and scenic views around.
Summer, of course, is the best time to visit Portugal if you want to enjoy the large beaches and fantastic water.
We present you this top 10 beaches of Portugal so you have an idea about what the country has to offer.
1. Praia do Creiro
This beach is nothing less than paradise, situated amidst the lush green hills and the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. These waters are covered by the mountainous cliffs.
This beach is highly recommended not only because of its gorgeous views but also because it is safe in the presence of lifeguards and has two decent beach restaurants. The best part is that it is only a half an hour drive from Lisbon.
2. Praia do Almograve
All the nature fanatics will be in awe of Praia do Almograve because of its serene waters, beautiful cliffs and pristine sands. Located far from the major tourist areas in Portugal, this beach is centred around Vila Nova de Milfontes and is a treat to the eyes for sure. Its remote location and good weather conditions make it all the more appealing to discover it.
3. Praia do Guincho
Do you like to surf? Exposed to the Atlantic Ocean, this beach attracts a lot of surfers each year due to its big waves and uncrowded coastline. With the presence of strong tides and constant breezy weather, this beach is not ideal for everyone but if you are surfing or kite surfing here, this is undoubtedly one of the best places to be.
4. Praia de Dona Ana
If you want to see one of the most photogenic beaches, you have to go to Praia de Dona Ana. Lapped by the serene turquoise blue sea waters, this beach is a must visit in Algarve.
This is one of those beaches that is more beautiful in person as compared to the photos that you see online. Because of this, it is one of the most crowded beaches in Algarve.
5. Praia da Rocha
Praia da Rocha is another beach bustling with tourists during the summer. It’s unmatched beauty makes the surrounding hotels and apartments look picturesque too. There are plenty of activities that you can do at the beach including water and beach sports, beach clubs and beach festivals.
The reason why there are so many tourists here is because of the above mentioned activities. If you go further west along the coast, you can find secluded beaches that are not easily visible due to the distinctive red cliffs.
6. Tróia Peninsula
This is a 15km long coastline that is a secret hideout for Europe’s elite groups of people. The middle part of the peninsula consists of some of the quietest beaches of Portugal.
Tróia is a buzzing town in the summer with a perfect blend of designer and sophisticated hotels. There are some deserted beaches that are located just a short walk away from this town. Additionally, there is a ferry from Setubal to Tróia, and can also be visited as a day trip from lisbon.
7. Praia do Senhor da Pedra
This is one beach that has been photographed a lot in northern Portugal. Miramar is a surrounding town that is low key and a great place for a quick getaway.
This beach is characteristic of the Costa Verde (Green Coast), with it’s golden sands, rock outcrops and strong ocean waves. The beach is only 20 minutes drive from Lisbon and ideal for a day trip.
8. Praia da Mareta
The west end of Algarve is full of towering cliffs, powerful seas and stark, wind-blasted scenery. The largest town of this region is Sagres and the most popular beach is the Praia da Mareta, because of its vast expanse of sand, and its close proximity to the bars and restaurants in this town.
Sagres is a beautiful location for surfing because the four beaches face slightly different directions, so despite the weather conditions there will always be a place to surf.
9. Praia do Barril
Praia do Barril offers natural scenery and soft sands on the East coast of Algarve. It also gives a glimpse of the fishing heritage of this region. There is an abandoned fishing community which was based on this beach until the 1960’s. There are many rusting anchors(the Cemitério das Âncoras) even now that are lining the sand dunes and acting as a memorial to the fishing culture of the 60’s.
10. Praia da Foz do Arelho
On the mouth of the Lagoa de Óbidos (one of the most gorgeous natural landscapes of Portugal) lies Praia da Foz do Arelho. The unique position of this beach is exposed to the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the calm waters of the lagoon on the other side. The town of Foz do Arelho, lies right behind the beach. It is a cute little resort town which is popular amongst the locals.
Portugal has an abundance of beauty all around - you just have to go there and see what we are talking about. If you are interested in visiting any of these spectacular beaches, do not hesitate to contact us. We will find the ideal accommodation, itinerary and activities for you to make the most of your vacation.