Lisbon isn’t just a pretty city, it’s surrounded by national parks and beautiful beaches. Most are easy to get by metro or train but takes double the time. We got Uber’s, which was the fastest option and reasonably priced. If you’re going for longer than a weekend, it’s probably worth doing the area justice by getting a hire car. The best thing about the beaches is the pooches allowed policy and owners are very clean and respectful, I spent most of my time watching the pups play in the sand.
Beaches in distance order:
Thalasso Costa da Caparica – 15km south west of Lisbon, we visited whilst there was a surfing and windsurfing competition event so it was full of young, beautifully tanned, bleached haired young internationals. There are plenty of acai and sushi to go round in the town but the beach was just too busy for me.
Praia da Mata – 17km south west of Lisbon – We spent most of our time at this beach as it was the beautiful, chilled and easy to hire a surf board. It’s a huge stretch of sand dotted with cute sun bleached beach huts. There is only one lounge cafe – Unik and ‘epic’ surf school. All photos below are of this beach.
Carcavelos – 19km west of Lisbon – Busy beach but well kept and good for beginner surfers.
Cantinho Do Avillez – 35km north west of Lisbon – Strong winds and big waves for surfers with cooler waters.
Praia Grande – 37km North west of Lisbon, if you find yourself in Sintra, head to the beach too, it’s beautiful.
Portinho da Arrábida – 50km south of Lisbon – Apparently this is the paradise beach of west Portugal but I couldn’t tell you if there rumours are true. It was just a bit out of our reach even with uber being cheaper. If I came back to Lisbon, this would be top of my list.