Portugal is located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe. It is roughly 350 miles long and 117 miles wide.
It has a temperate year-round temperature that is influenced by the Gulf Stream. Its Atlantic position provides a much cooler climate in the north with a good amount of rainfall in the winter.
Portugal offers many attractions such as sub-tropical volcanic islands, lush green meadows and not to mention 528 miles of beautiful beaches. Rich in tradition and history, it is one of the oldest nations in Europe.
Here are our top 10 picks of the best beaches in Portugal:
Praia Zambujeira do Mar
Zambujeira do Mar in Portugal is placed on one of the best areas along the Alentejo shoreline. The town’s main beach is a good-sized sandy beach with good facilities and seasonal lifeguards on duty.
Praia de Odeceixe
Leaving behind the beautiful village of Zambujeira you will be amazed by the Gorgeous Odeceixe Valley, with its pretty river, vine terraces, and wheat fields. En route, you’ll travel through strawberry fields before following the river to an absolutely stunning beach. And it’s not the beach alone that is impressive – the view, which allows you to catch a glimpse of the corner of Europe, is particularly superb.
Praia da Nazaré
Nazare is probably one of the most well-known beaches in Central Portugal, with hoards of tourists flocking there every year with many hotels and apartments to choose from. A lively and popular resort and beach, it can suffer from overcrowding in the height of Summer. One of Portugal’s largest beaches (3km) also sits in this area of coast, in the town of Figueira da Foz. Nicknamed ‘Queen of Beaches’ is a white sand beach lined with cafes, with parts of it awarded blue flag status.
Praia Dona Ana (Lagos)
The Praia da Dona Ana is one of the most picturesque beaches of the Algarve and is a fantastic place for your day on the beach. It is so breathtaking that it has been described by many as the picture-postcard beach. For the fun-seeking tourist, this is the place to be. This beach is located 25 km away from the center of Lagos and hence is a good place to see vessels entering and leaving the port.
Praia da Marinha
Praia da Marinha is popular for its calm waters and rocky outcrops. Nestled below orange limestone cliffs, this beach is perfect for snorkeling, boat trips, sightseeing, and water sports. Referred to as one of the most stunning and emblematic beaches in the nation, Praia da Marinha has actually gotten the distinguished “Golden Beach” award from the Portuguese Ministry of the Environment.
Praia da Rocha
Praia da Rocha Baixinha is a favorite choice for actors, politicians, and celebrities. It features warm waters, golden sand, and vibrant nightlife. Its environmental quality has been recognized by the annually achieved Blue Flag. This beach is also known as “Praia dos Tomates.” Many water sports enthusiasts come here for surfing, banana boat rides, parasailing, jet skis, and windsurfing. Praia da Rocha Baixinha is classified as an “accessible beach,” so it’s perfect for families with children.
Foz do Arelho (Obidos)
Have you ever imagined a beach where you can decide if to swim in the energetic Ocean or in a placid lagoon? This is the beach of Foz do Arelho, where the Obidos lagoon comes across the Atlantic ocean, separated by just some 10s meters of sand. This is why it is the favored beach both for those who like water sports (kitesurf, surf, sailing, etc.) and families with kids. On the beachside, there are restaurants, cafes and bars for every single taste and public.
Portinho da Arrabida
For lovers of natural beauty, a drive along the knife-edge ridge of the glorious surrounding Arrabida hills is rewarded with stunning views of chalk-white cliff faces and picturesque azure blue seas. The Arrabida Natural Park itself combines a memorable mix of rugged hillside terrain and the luscious green countryside that plays host to the wildlife of the Sado Estuary – including a colony of bottlenose dolphins along the coast at Setubal.
Praia do Guincho
Praia do Guincho (Guincho Beach) is regarded as one of the best places to surf and windsurf in Portugal. Located northwest of Lisbon, 5kms from Cascais, conditions here are excellent for surfers, windsurfers, kiteboarders and bodyboarders.
Praia de Benagil
You can spend a wonderful day on the Benagil beach. The golden sand on the beach and impressive limestone cliff faces will definitely make your day enjoyable. It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy with the whole family. It is a quiet beach. You can spend a peaceful time with your family while taking a swim in the cool water. The cliffs behind the beach offer a breathtaking view. The beautiful cliffs of different colors and shapes make a stunning view. Benagil cave is the most famous caves in the Algarve. The cave lies adjacent to Benagil beach. You can reach the cave through a boat. Boat trips are famous during the summers and you may have to wait for a long to get inside the cave. There are many shipping companies that offer boat trips from other sides. Inside the cave, there is a small and beautiful beach. It is known as one of the coolest caves in the world. There is an opening in the ceiling that allows light to enter the cave so that you can view spectacular blue sky overhead. The opening on the ceiling is known as ‘the eye’.