The 10 most beautiful beaches in Portugal: where to swim?

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The generous Portuguese coast, with nearly 1 kilometers of seaside, will undoubtedly keep its promise to literally dazzle you. The countless beaches of Portugal are a reflection of this country with many faces: unique, varied and explosive! Between its isolated picturesque bays, bordered by stunning cliffs, its paradisiacal islands and its sandy immensities with sumptuous landscapes, Portugal invites young and old to let go and dream. The power and freshness of the Atlantic Ocean, with its indomitable waves particularly popular with surfers, will also amaze more than one. From rocky beaches with their idyllic backdrops to magnificent stretches of golden sand, enjoy the 10 most beautiful beaches in Portugal without delay!

1. Ursa Beach, Sintra

You access this still unspoiled shore by a steep path, in beaten earth, skirting impressive cliffs. Even before discovering this natural treasure, the adventure begins. The difficult access allows the incredible preservation of this bay with its raw landscape. You can therefore enjoy this wonderful beach, located not far from Cabo da Roca, in peace. The landscape is dominated by fabulous bear-shaped rocks that give this place its name.

Ursa Beach

2. Praia da Adraga, Lisbon

Close to Lisbon, this pretty beach in the Sintra-Cascais natural park seduces with its panorama, its calm and its picturesque side. Appreciated by surfers for the power of the ocean waves, it also appeals to families drawn by its rocks and caves surprisingly sculpted by the sea over time. Walkers will be delighted with the very natural access to this place and the memorable sunset that awaits them in all seasons.

Adraga beach

3. Tavira Beach, Ilha de Tavira, Algarve

Embark for the sublime island of Tavira and enjoy an extraordinary landscape! Between its dunes as far as the eye can see and its salt marshes popular with flamingos, this bay has dazzling assets. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal, the crowds can be intense in high season. Do not panic ! Do you want some peace and quiet? Stroll for a quarter of an hour to reach the very extensive Barril beach, filled with shells.

Tavira Beach

4. Praia da Marinha, Lagoa, Algarve

This emblematic beach of Portugal, in the Algarve, Praia da Marinha is famous as much for its surprising rock formations, its golden sand as for the biodiversity of its seabed. Its turquoise blue waters invite you to a moment of absolute disconnection. Endless stairs offer memorable views of this generous nature and allow access to this sublime cove. Why not also treat yourself to a nice picnic in the spring along the orchid fields that bloom at the top of the cliff?

Praia da Marinha

5. Odeceixe Beach, Aljezur, Algarve

You hesitate between a dive in the sea or in fresh water? In addition to its lagoons, which delight the youngest at low tide, Odeceixe beach combines the two! Located at the mouth of a river, this beach is a very original place to enjoy, with family or friends, a little relaxation! Several shallow lagoons also invite peaceful baths. To sublimate everything, you will even have the opportunity to access the beach thanks to a small tourist train. Return to childhood guaranteed!

Odeceixe Beach

6. Portinho da Arrábida Beach, Setúbal

This beach, surrounded by lush vegetation, is undoubtedly worth the detour! With its limpid waters in hallucinating shades of blue, it also appears in the ranking of the 7 natural wonders of Portugal in 2010. This corner of paradise with calmer waters, with its Mediterranean air, is, and rightly so, very popular during the summer season.. Its seabed is also beautiful and will delight diving enthusiasts.

Portinho da Arrábida Beach

7. La plage de Figueira, Vila do Bispo, Algarve

Set off on foot from the small village of the same name for a pleasant XNUMX-minute walk before reaching this magnificent beach, often desert. The walk takes you to one of the most beautiful coastal valleys with breathtaking vegetation. The tranquility of the place and the ruins of an old fort give this particular place an air of end of the world. Let yourself be overwhelmed by all this beauty!

Vila do Bispo

8. Galapos Beach, Setúbal

On the way to one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal with a symbolic name that invites you to escape! This unique and wild place, bordered by dense and varied vegetation, is protected from the wind by the impressive Arrábida mountain.. With its calm and crystal-clear waters, this fine sandy beach is a delight for explorers of the seabed. Families will also spend moments of complicity and simple happiness in all serenity.

Galapos Beach

9. Nazareth, Extremadura

This world famous beach is known mainly to surfers looking for thrills. It is indeed in Portugal, in Nazaré, that the highest wave in the world has ever been surfed. Despite its popularity, the place, close to the city, remains imbued with an undeniable Portuguese seaside charm with its lighthouse, fort and brightly colored tents. Don't forget that caution is still required on these beaches, bordered by the fiery Atlantic Ocean.

Nazaré Beach

10. Porto Santo, Madeira

Let us not forget in this non-exhaustive list, the island of Madeira and the neighboring archipelagos which also have some of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. On the small islet of Porto Santo, for example, stretches a sumptuous beach of the same name with warm waters and an intense turquoise blue. Its nearly 10 kilometers of golden sand, stretching the entire length of the island, invites you to relax and let yourself be rocked to the gentle rhythm of the waves.

Porto Santo beach in Madeire

Relaxation and escape to little corners of paradise… not so far from where you live!

Do not go to the other side of the world and enjoy the most beautiful beaches in Portugal to relax! These paradisiacal and wild berries are waiting for you to spend an unforgettable moment with family or friends. A real invitation to contemplation under the sun! There will be something for everyone. And you, which beach do you prefer? Leave us your opinion in the comments.

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