The best beach of Portugal: Where to travel to?
Portugal is famous for its stunning coastline and beaches. Owing to the number of choices available, a majority of Europeans come down to Portugal for their sunny holidays. There a dozen resort towns, hundreds of picturesque sandy coves and enough undiscovered beaches to get even a casual tourist interested.
With so many choices, picking a beach can become a problem. So we asked our resident Portugal experts to list out their favourite beaches that are not too touristy, but still, have the essentials for an enjoyable holiday.
Most of these beaches are close to major towns so getting there will not be difficult.
If you are looking for a picture perfect beach with warm waters, this is where you need to go. Falesia Beach is usually not very crowded and you can enjoy a nice swim even in October. You can also enjoy a bicycle ride along the beach to work up a sweat before you jump into the water.
If you are staying in Lisbon, Tamariz Beach is close by. It makes for a relaxed day trip away from the madness of the city life. You can work on your tan in peace and still be close to shopping, restaurants and other indulgences. If you are looking for some night time fun, Casino Estoril is a perfect spot to end the day.
Praia Forte do Paço
The wooded hills of Viana do Castelo gives way to a beautiful coastline filled with coves, dunes and a few secret beaches. Praia Forte do Paço is the best of these beaches. The ruins of an 800-year-old fort are nearby in case you like to play pirates. The place is rarely visited by tourists and is peaceful even in midsummer. But there are no bars or restaurants. So, pack a healthy picnic before to head out.
Dunas de São Jacinto
About an hour ride from Proto, you get to see the dunes of São Jacinto. This is a wild beach i.e. there are no facilities around it. It is the home for a large variety of birds and is a protected natural reserve. The beach is about 8 kilometres long, filled with white sand. There are no lifeguards or coconut sellers in the vicinity. So, pack a good picnic. You can stay at the campsite at São Jacinto found at the far end of the beach.