Wild and rugged, intensely blue... simply beautiful!
Well known for its clean water and its vast expanse of sand that is easily accessible, Adraga Beach stands out for the stunning landscape which surrounds it. In 2003, it was considered one of the 20 best European beaches by Sunday Times readers and journalists and was awarded an honourable third place.
A beach of indescribable beauty...
Ursa beach is one of the most beautiful natural treasures in the district of Sintra and is located very close to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point in Europe. Its fine sand, the Atlantic Ocean, and the rocky surroundings welcome the visitor to celebrate its unusual natural beauty.
This beach, located south of São Julião, Assafora, is surrounded by steep cliffs and is not easy to get to. It is unsupervised and has no facilities. The sand stretches for 2 km and during low tide you can access São Julião beach. It is known as a naturist beach.
This is a golden sandy beach at the mouth of the river which gives it its name: as the story goes, during the autumn, the river would carry with it apples from the farms it ran through, thus giving the beach its name. The village began to spring up at the end of the 19th century when Father Matias del Campo, the Colares parish priest, Manuel Prego, a local from Azenhas do Mar, and the composer and painter, Alfredo Keil, who wrote the Portuguese national anthem ("A Portuguesa"), built the first three houses.
A veritable picture postcard, Azenhas do Mar boasts a stunning location where houses are perched on the side of a cliff all the way down to the sea and are bathed in dreamy white light, at once beautiful and awe-inspiring.
It is one of the most popular beaches despite being only 30 metres wide and even those scant 30 metres are dependent on the winter, which every year determines the size of the beach. Nevertheless, the ocean pool is thoroughly appreciated by its visitors. It is a former fishing village which over the last few decades has become a quiet summer destination and a source of inspiration for many painters like Júlio Pomar, Emílio da Paula Campos and Milly Possoz.
This beach is located further north within the district of Sintra. The River Falcão divides the beach between the two Districts of Sintra and Mafra; the largest stretch of sand falls within the Sintra District with approximately 2 km of sandy white beach and a very alluring blue sea. This beach is popular for water sports such as bodyboarding and surfing and is also an excellent spot for sport fishing thanks to its many fishing grounds.
The ideal beach for a perfect suntan...
This beach is located at the mouth of the Ribeira da Mata (Mata River) close to Magoito village, north-east of Sintra.
It is a large beach, boasting golden sands and turquoise waters which are very rich in iodine. It is considered one of the most iodine-rich beaches in Europe. From the sand, dotted with numerous rocks, you can look directly south and see Cabo da Roca in the distance.
As the name suggests, this is the largest beach along the Sintra coastline where a vast expanse of clean sand delights holidaymakers. The golden sands, the clean Atlantic waters and the coastline itself, with its magnificent steep cliffs, make this Sintra beach a delightful spot at any time of year.
This beach is located next to Praia Grande. The beach isnt quite as small as the name may suggest. It is more tucked in and sheltered from the north winds and so is a chosen spot for many swimmers and for those who enjoy sport fishing. This beach is highly popular with lovers of water sports such as bodyboarding and surfing. Along the cliff there is a walkway (350m2) with three rest and contemplation areas along the way.