Beaches on Portugal

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The gentle sea with the purest water and the magnificent find sandy beaches of Portugal attract more and more tourists yearly. The crystal turquoise color of the seawater sets the level of your vacation somewhere between stunning and perfect. So if you are looking for the perfect sea, this is your place!

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Algarve

120 beaches

Picturesque • Cliffs • Natural shadow
Area Metropolitana de Lisboa

36 beaches

Picturesque • Cliffs • Secluded relax
Alentejo

38 beaches

Picturesque • Cliffs • Secluded relax
North

29 beaches

Diving • Kite or windsurfing • Sup-surfing
Azores

58 beaches

Cliffs • Water jumping
Madeira

26 beaches

Picturesque • Cliffs • Wild beach
Centro

34 beaches

Cliffs • Wild beach • Surfing

Beaches of Portugal

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General information

Long straight beaches dominate the coast of Portugal. Large spaces mean you can always find a comfortable place to relax. That is why travelers appreciate these places so much. One of the disadvantages of this type of beach is the scarce natural shade, so if you choose to relax on the wild part of the coast, be prepared to be alone with the scorching sun without the opportunity to take cover in a cool shade.

Most beaches of Portugal are located within settlements, usually more accessible and well equipped, but less picturesque. The latter does not apply to Portugal because, despite a large number of city beaches, many still offer stunning views.

Senior friendly
Praia dos Pescadores 

Albufeira 0.5 km

Very good

8.8
Partly hotel beach • Easy access • Golden fine sand • Turquoise pure water • Small open area • Crowded in season
6.5 Amenities index
Senior friendly
Vale do Lobo 

Fonte Santa 3.3 km

Very good

8.7
Amenities beach • Easy access • Brown fine sand • Turquoise pure water • Free entrance • Fine sand bottom
7 Amenities index
Good for Relax
Praia Nova 

Armacao de Pera 2.5 km

Very good

8.7
Picturesque • Amenities beach • Easy access • Brown fine sand • Turquoise pure water • Crowded in season
2.7 Amenities index
Malhada do Baraco 

Porches 4 km

Very good

8.7
Picturesque • Amenities beach • Brown fine sand • Access by boat • Crowded in season • No parking
1.1 Amenities index
Kids friendly
Praia da Manta Rota 

Manta Rota 0.4 km

Very good

8.7
Amenities beach • Easy access • Golden fine sand • Turquoise pure water • Free entrance • Fine sand bottom
6.5 Amenities index
Senior friendly
Garrao Nascente 

Corgo de Gondra 3.9 km

Very good

8.7
Amenities beach • Easy access • Brown fine sand • Turquoise pure water • Free entrance • Fine sand bottom
7 Amenities index

Calm, measured rest and the sound of waves are perhaps the most common associations that arise with the word "beach". This is not surprising, as relaxation is exactly what many beach travelers are looking for. If you associate your vacation primarily with such activity, choose one of the 341 beaches in the country.

To make your choice easier, we have prepared a list of the best beaches for relaxation in Portugal.

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The beaches of Portugal can be a good choice for senior travelers, as there are 99 beaches equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay for this group of travelers.

In most cases, older travelers are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday and have high demands on infrastructure. This type of beach is the opposite of the party ones preferred by the younger generation.

Good news for those who like to merge with nature completely. Portugal offers 10 naturist (FKK) beaches , some of which are located in very secluded places. Such pearls can only be found by an advanced traveler, so for your confident navigation, we have prepared a list of them. Remember sunscreen, since most of beaches are completely natural, there is no infrastructure for several kilometers around.

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Attraction and Infrastructure

As for the main features of the beaches of Portugal, they are as follows:

  • The country's beaches are mainly wide, moderate length and have a high level of cleanliness. The most common surface is fine sand of bright color.
  • Usually, entry into the water is moderately gentle, such beaches are 221.
  • The average distance from the road to beach in Portugal is less than 500 meters. 304 beaches are relatively easy to access, 3 beaches are difficult to access, which in most cases means that you have to walk a quite long distance, and 19 beaches are only accessible from the water. The latter include both island beaches and beaches with no land routes due to the natural borders.

The vast majority of Portugal beaches have the necessary amenities, such as sun loungers, umbrellas, beach cafes, showers and toilets.

Hundreds of beaches in Portugal attract every year not only relaxation lovers but also those travelers who prefer outdoor activities and, first of all surfers, kite surfers, kayakers.

So, let's see what activities you can do on the beaches:

  • Surfing. There is probably no person in the world who has never seen these talented boys and girls riding the wave. Whether you are a professional surfer or just an athlete with a brave heart, the beaches of Portugal will suit both of you, as this country is quite popular among surfers. There are about 84 beaches good suitable for surfing, choose carefully, don't miss the beach of your dream!
  • Kite or windsurfing. We know firsthand how difficult it is sometimes to find the right place for your favorite activity, especially if it is kite or windsurfing. So if you are a fan of these activities, then Portugal may be the right choice for you, as there are over 60 beaches popular among kiters and windsurfers. There will be a fair wind, we are sure!
  • Sea kayaking is an excellent alternative to long walks along the coast. Instead of being bored on the beach, you can go for a leisurely journey and discover the beauty of the neighboring coves, inlets and wild beaches. Remember, the main gems are always accessible only from the water. Kayaking is an excellent active lifestyle solution for both professionals and beginners. About 40 beaches in Portugal can be interesting for kayakers, the most popular are: Malhada do Baraco, Praia do Creiro.

Do you love an active lifestyle but would prefer something other than water activities? Then on the beaches of Portugal you can actively spend time playing volleyball. Although this country does not have the privileged status of the volleyball capital of World, it may well compete for this title because there are about 56 beaches where you can play volleyball.

For campers, important information is the availability of campsites in the country. There are such places near the 22 beaches of Portugal. 10 of them are a kind of wild camp, formed spontaneously by lovers of this type of recreation and did not have an infrastructure. 12 of them are official campsites, with all the necessary (showers, toilets, shops, cafes).

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Please note that lifeguards supervise 174 beaches in the country, but you should rely on more than just them, remember the elementary rules, as lifeguards are not on duty around the clock, even on equipped beaches!

Finding a restaurant in Portugal is easy enough, many of them are located close to the beaches. Each is good in its way and has a certain charm. You can find out more about nearby food outlets on beach pages.

Finding hotels in relative proximity to the beaches is usually fine. Many beaches have enough nearby accommodation, which gives good opportunities to choose the right place to stay.

And, probably, the most popular question among travelers: “What sights of Portugal can be found relatively close to the beaches?” It is impossible to list all of them, there are a lot of attractions. So you will find where to go!

Do you know how many beaches there are in Portugal? In total there are 341 beaches and the most popular is Praia dos Pescadores.

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