With more than 1,000 miles of coastline, Portugal is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether you’re trying to catch some surf, go for a swim or just adventure, there are beaches of all shapes and sizes. While the most well-know is that of the Algarve coast, it’s easy to find a more secluded spot if you’re willing to explore. These are our 7 best beaches in Portugal.
Stretching from Armação de Pêra to Centianes, Benagil is full of secret coves and hidden beaches. Known for it’s large hole in the cave’s roof, Benagil can be reached by boat, kayak or the clifftop path. It also lies below a small village with breathtaking views of the cliffs and ocean. We recommend visiting the cove during the early morning hours to avoid crowds and enjoy the morning light pouring in through the ceiling. Located in Portugal’s most southern region, the Algarve, Benagil has several resorts to choose from during your stay such as Pine Cliffs Algarve.
Praia de Odeceixe
Looking to do some swimming or surfing? Praia de Odeceixe is located in the city of Odeceixe and is most popular during the summer months for its water activities. You can venture here on foot or take the road train, which will lead you to the beautiful river valley. Because of its low cliffs, this beach stays generally sheltered which makes for excellent surfing and swimming conditions throughout the year.
Galapos lies on the slopes of the Serra da Arrábida and has been a natural protected area since 1976. With a perfect bay and calm waters, there are also hidden coves along the coast. Galapos is home to animals such as wildcats, badgers and eagles while remaining relatively untouched even with its location next to the village of Portinho da Arrábida.
Praia da Figueira
Praia da Figueira is one of the most secluded beaches in the country. Only accessible by foot, it takes about thirty minutes to reach Praia da Figueira. During your journey down to the sand, you’ll pass the village of Figueira along with some beautiful countryside. You may even spot the ruins of an old fort on the road. If you’re looking for a private beach day, look no further than Praia da Figueira.
Nazaré is the perfect example of a great beach town. With a bustling resort and miles of sand, it’s no wonder Nazaré is such a popular destination. The beaches even extend farther north past the headland. We recommend only swimming when the waters are calm, as this beach can be very dangerous due to it’s proximity to the rough Atlantic. This is also where the world’s largest-ever wave was surfed!
Ponta da Ferraria
Located on the small island of São Miguel, Ponta da Ferraria is known for its geothermal pools which are believed to have ancient healing properties. With rock formations created from cooling lava, this spot is perfect to explore at low tide. There’s even a rope swing to help swimmers exit the pool during a large swell. Want even more privacy? Head down at night for a look at the stars while you go for an evening dip.
Praia de Tavira
Stretching from Tavira to Fuseta, Praia de Tavira can be found on the sandbar island of Ilha de Tavira. Miles of sand dunes make up the beach without a single hotel along its coast. While the main beach can get quite crowded, especially during the summer months, it’s easy to find solitude a mere fifteen minutes down the beach. We recommend coming during the off season to enjoy the pedalos, umbrellas and bar-restaurants without the crowds.
From calm waters to massive surf, Portugal’s beaches have a little something for everyone to enjoy. Want to explore more than just the beaches? Check out our culinary guide to Douro Valley for some of the best wine tasting in Portugal!