In such a hot weather there is only one thing which will cool you down: Beach! Thanks to the Atlantic ocean surrounding 832 km of coastline, Portugal is the perfect place to enjoy sandy beaches, not far away from the capitol. If you are a fan of water-related activities like surfing, kiteboarding or simply build sand castles in the sand, you will enjoy yourself so much! How to get there? If you stay in Lisbon, there are plenty of ways how to get to near the beaches. All of them are reachable by public transport.
Vamos para a praia!
Costa da Caparica
The route to Costa da Caparica might look little more difficult than the other two, but there are few tricks on how to pick the right way. The longest beach in nearby Lisbon is situated on the other side of river Tejo, near Almada. It offers 30 km long coastline with huge waves, just perfect for surfing. For inspiration, you can watch the VIDEO of this magnificent beach.
There are various options on how to cross the river. You can go from Cais do Sodré (green line metro, terminal station) by ferry and cross the river in a few minutes with a single ticket for €1.25. You will arrive in the city of Almada, from where you can take Ônibus n. 135 (TST company), which will take you to the beach in 14 minutes for max €3.
Photo by Ana Pinto
To make your journey easier, we suggest you use a bus going from Praca do Areeiro with blue & white buses which will take you directly from the centre of Lisbon to praia. Buses go twice an hour from 8 AM to 7 PM during weekdays and on weekends it is every 15 and 45 minutes past the hour. It is more convenient and you do not need to change vehicles. The bus (TST n.161) goes from 40-60 minutes depending on the current traffic and season. You can buy the ticket on board, single ticket for €3,20.
If you do not mind paying little more money and you would like to enjoy a comfortable ride, you can use an Uber or regular taxi. When it is up to 4 of you and prices are in the range of €13-20. You can get there in 30 minutes tops. To entertain yourself, you can try stand-up paddleboarding or kiteboarding.
Photo from Lisboaportual.com
Carcavelos is known to be one of the most popular beaches near Lisbon and the journey to this beach is super-easy. From the riverside of river Tejo, there is a train departing every 20 minutes from Cais do Sodré straight to the Carcavelos. You can buy your ticket in a vending machine or at the cashier for 3 zones, return ticket is less than €5. The ride itself is no longer than half an hour. From the train station, it is 5 minutes walk to the beach. There you can enjoy wide place to lay down, play games and get a snack. If you stay after sunset, you can enjoy dancing in near beach clubs.
Photo by Zaira Wardrope
If you approach the same train, buy the ticket to the terminal station Cascais, you can enjoy more peace and quiet from the city. Cascais is a favourite place to hang out if you want to escape from the city jungle. Whether you are travelling with children or your mates, Cascais has beaches for everyone. All beaches are warm enough to swim from May till late September. Do not expect any spa, the Atlantic ocean holds it temperature down around 20C, which is handy for long warm days during summer. On Cascais beaches, companies are well prepared for customers and provide them with a wide range of services and facilities. You can rent an umbrella or lounger up to €15/day. Would you like to try kiteboarding? Have a look at the VIDEO so you know what to expect.
Photo by HomeAway Portugal
The two other beaches are the best to reach by car. If you happen to rent one, own one or have friends which will take you there, it might be the best option for you. Take a day trip and try Ericeira, the little fishermen’s village. If you are a surf-lover, it’s A-MUST to try this beach. After dark, you can enjoy the nightlife in lovely restaurants and bars along the streets.
Photo by Maria Rosario Fonseca
When locals go to escape tourist crowds, they head to the beach. There are buses going multiple times a day which will take you to the stunning beaches on the coast. Praia Grande is the closest and the most easily accessible beach from Sintra. As a name reveals, this beach is huge and perfect for surfing. The waves on Praia Grande as big as the name itself. To reach Praia da Adraga you definitely need a car. It is just around the corner from Praia Grande, but definitely less touristic and much quieter. If you are looking for peace and calm beach, Praia da Adraga is the best option.
Praia da Ursa, photo from TripAdvisor
Adraga beach, photo by onetinyleap.com
Praia Grande, photo from Sintra Camara Minucipal