So, it is a great weather and you are in Lisbon. You are done with the nice cafes, monuments and parties, where should you go next? You should learn to surf in the beaches in Lisbon!
Beaches in Lisbon
Lisbon is on the west of Portugal, along the Alantic Ocean. Lisbon, the city itself, is located at the mouth of Tagus River (Río Tajo), towards the ocean. This means that the beaches are near and you get a great mix of the city and coast. However, the best beaches require some distance. You do have the beach in Lisbon itself, but its nothing compared to Almada and Sintra.
Praia da Adraga: Beach in Sintra
The beach in Sintra is amazing. Away from the city and behind the lush forest and hill, it is a place for surfing, beach volleyball and to chill your weekends away.
Find out How To Get To Sintra from Lisbon
The beach is packed during the weekends, but not as packed as Almada, where it is nearer to Lisbon. If you have time, stay for sunset. Someone once told me that Portugal has the most beautiful sunsets, and I definitely agree. Watch the skies transform into a myriad of colours, changing with the minute. It is an unforgettable sight.
Coasta da Caparica
If Sintra is too far for you, you might be interested in Costa da Caparica. It is a resort town just 20min drive away from Lisbon city centre. You will drive across the famous Ponte 25 de Abril bright to get to Almada, the city close to Lisbon.
The bets time to visit is during summer: June, July and August. Then, the weather is the best and there is the least rain. It is also a very popular cost for the locals. Tourists usually visit the south of Portugal for the beaches like Albufiera and Faro instead of coasta da Caparica. I have to warn you that this stretch of coast is really long. In fact, it is the longest continuous sandy shoreline in Europe.
Meco Beach: Nude Beach
If you are interested in nude beaches, head down to the southern edge of the coast: Meco Beach. The area is surrounded with lush forest and a nautral park called “Serra da Arrabida”. This beach started getting popular in the past few years, with the rise of naturalists.
I found out 2 things about nude beaches:
- It is always at the end of a long coast of beaches
- It is almost always surrounded by high cliffs
There are high dunes there, giving you the privacy if you need.
Information about Meco Beach:
Name of Beach: Meco Beach
(Car) From Lisbon, take A2 South Highway towards Sesimbra. Turn right to Alfarim and right to the beach (Praia).
(Public transport) Take a bus to Sesimbra from the bus terminal in Lisbon and get off at Santana. There are buses that run to Meco beach. Remember to ask for the bus timetable back.
Cost: 1€ or 1,50€ per day for parking, if you have a car
Praia da Castelo: Surfing Beach
The waves along the coast of Caparica are simply perfect for surfers. Although the water is very chilly, the wave is very strong and stable. This means that any beach along the entire stretch is a great spot to surf. It is a great spot to surf because the coast is in a concave shape, which means that the waves converge at this coast. Hence, there is a constant pattern of waves and really strong ones too.
I went to the Praia da Fonte da Telha beach behind a hill because I wanted to try surfing. Anywhere is great, really. I met with a new friend, Pedro, and he taught me to surf. (I think 99% of the population in Portugal is called Pedro.)
Meeting A Local Friend
My favourite thing about people in big countries is that they are always prepared for an adventure. If you live near the coast, you always have beach chairs and surfboards ready. Near the mountains, you have ski gears and hiking gears ready. IMiddle of the country, you have camping cars (caravans), ready for adventures. Growing up in Singapore, I don’t think I am prepared for any adventure, except shopping malls and more shopping malls.
So anyway, Pedro grew up on the beach. His family owns 15 surfboards and many wetsuits. So I borrowed one and off we went. We headed towards the beach, put on the wetsuit and start out. It was really fun! I also got tired out really quick. Then we spent the rest of the time tanning under the sun.
To get back, Pedro had to go home and I had to make my way back. The bus took forever (I forgot to take the bus schedule), and I decided to hitchhike instead. Surprisingly, a lady picked me up! She said I looked like her daughter. Aww, such a sweet lady. She drove me back to Lisbon city and we talked throughout the ride. I also had to change in the car because I was rushing to catch my plane! What a fun day.
Information about Fonte da Telha Beach:
Name of Beach: Fonte da Telha Beach
(Public transport #1) From Parca do Areeiro (Areerio green metro station) in Lisbon, take bus 161 to the coast. On weekends, it departs every 30min from 8:15 and stops at 19:00. On weekends, it departs every 30min from 08:00 and ends at 19:00. The journey takes about 50 minutes.
Cost: 3,20€ per person, payable to the driver.
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