In the immediate vicinity of Lisbon are some of its most popular beaches.
Carcavelos is the first one you’ll find, its waves and sea breezes attracting body boarders, surfers and kite-surfers alike.
Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Sintra and the Cascais Natural Park, is the wind swept beach of Guincho, regularly home to European championship windsurfing and surfing events. For those wishing to test the waters, boards are for hire with lessons also available. Hang-gliding off the cliff face is also popular.
The Sintra coastline has a great deal to offer. There is Praia Grande, another great centre for windsurfing and body boarding, with a track record of hosting world-class events. It also attracts fishermen and gourmets making weekend pilgrimages in search of the freshest fish and shellfish.
Make a stop at the impressive Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell), with its immense caverns carved by the sea, or visit Cabo da Roca, the most westerly point of mainland Europe.
Following the coast round, you’ll come to Ericeira, in Mafra, a Mecca for Portuguese surfing. Its beaches include surfing favourites such as Praia dos Coxos and Ribeira D’Ilhas, with the latter already well established on the world surfing circuit.
Beyond Ericeira, the beaches keep on coming. Santa Cruz is considered by many to be the jewel of this coastline; while there is also Praia d’el Rei and Areia Branca, the latter popular with divers and water sports enthusiasts.
Finally, we come to the Óbidos Lagoon, noted for its clear waters and year round sunshine.