Take the train along the north bank of the Tagus estuary and you’ll discover mile after mile of golden sandy beaches. At the end of the line the beaches of Estoril and Cascais are home to a number of royal castles - a stunning legacy of the times when the kings of Portugal spent their summers here. Continue further and the coast turns westwards - be sure not to miss the truly breath-taking Atlantic sunsets.
Meanwhile Europe’s largest beach is on Lisbon’s doorstep.
South of the River Tagus and only half an hour from the city is the 30-kilometre long Costa de Caparica beach.
Finally, for those interested in history, Lisbon has a rich and colourful seafaring heritage. In the 16th century, ships set sail from the beaches of the River Tagus to chart a route to far-off India. And the city’s passion for the sea continues to this day. Visit the Parque das Nações and you’ll discover the Oceanarium.