Have you ever thought about combining the cultural attractions of the city of Lisbon with a beach holiday? Thanks to its location near the mouth of the Tagus river, Lisbon is very close to the Atlantic Coast which is filled with so many beautiful beaches.
Enjoy some relax during your holiday and make a regenerative break at one of the many beaches near Lisbon. All the beaches we recommend in the post below can be easily reached by public transports – it may take about 15 to 40 minutes. The furthest beach towards west is Cascais, while the Caparica Coast is located to the south.
Jump on a train or a bus and head towards some of the most beautiful beaches of Lisbon where you will find fine sand, waves, dunes, picturesque bays and high cliffs waiting for you.
Cascais in the most famous beach town near Lisbon. Back in the days it used to be the holiday destination for celebrities and nobles, while today it is a famous destination for whomever wants to go on a day trip from the capital.
There are three sandy city beaches nestled among the typical houses of Cascais: Praia da Rainha1 (chosen by the queen Dona Amelia as her private beach – therefore the name of the beach) and Praia da Duquesa2. A bigger yet less crowded beach is Praia da Ribeira3, overlooking the municipal square; the beach is both free and equipped.
The most beautiful beach near Cascais, great for expert surfers and nature lovers, is Praia do Guincho4 which overlooks the ocean and it is surrounded by the Serra do Sintra. Also this beach can be reached by public transport, but is is a pretty long ride. First you need to get to Cascais and then take a bus or rent a bike.
Before reaching Cascais you will pass by Estoril, a famous city town that inspired Ian Fleming to write the plot of Casino Royal, the first of James Bond’s literary saga.
Tamariz Beach5, the city beach of Estoril, is a golden half moon shaped sandy beach near the Garden of Estoril. The beach is equipped with good services and its waters are calm, making it the perfect beach for families traveling with kids. From Tamariz beach you can walk along a promenade that takes straight to Cascais.
The coast between Lisbon and Estoril is filled with beaches that during summer time get crowded by Lisbonians who try to find some relief from the summer heat. The most popular ones are Praia de São Pedro do Estoril6, Praia de Caxias7 and Praia de Carcavelos8 – the last one is dominated by the majestic Fortress of São Julião da Barra.
They may be less charming than the beaches located more to the west, but they are a great solution for those who have little time because they can be reached in less than twenty minutes by train.
Instead of heading west towards Cascais-Estoril, cross the 25 de Abril bridge and in about 40 minutes by bus you will reach the beautiful and little touristy Costa da Caparica9, a slope of white and fine sand.
By taking the train that rides parallel to the coast you will have the opportunity to choose among 21 beaches, each one located besides a train stop.
The most beautiful ones are Morena and Serei, while the most popular ones are Praia da Cabana and Praia do Rei; if you want to enjoy some calm then choose Praia de Bela Vista and Praia da Malvina, two wild beaches popular among naturists.
In the following map you can see the location of the main places of interest mentioned in this article
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