Best Beaches in Lisbon

Last Updated: November 30, 2019

Lisbon – the heart of Portugal, is a city that will make you forget all your worries. Getting lost in this vibrant, lively city can be one of the best cultural experiences in your life.

Known for the unique, colorful buildings, the worldwide famous yellow trams and magical beaches, the second oldest capital city in Europe will help you get your ultimate summer adventure for sure!

There are many things you need to explore in this city, from going out in traditional local bar and exploring the magic of ‘fado’ – the traditional style of music known for its soulful, melancholy tone achieved by guitars and mandolins, to admiring the architecture and going back in time by taking a ride in the classical 1930s trams which are still in use today!

The food is amazing and most importantly, quite cheap so you won’t have to worry about your budget a lot. People are welcoming and warm, and you will be welcomed and greeted with kind words and smiles.

As it rests on 7 hills, you have numerous places you can go and visit, hike and explore. But by far, one of the greatest things that this city has to offer you is its breathtaking, stunning beaches!

Lisbon’s beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. The emerald sea surrounded by caves, enriched with the sound of crashing waves will make you feel like you have just stumbled upon heaven on Earth.

These beaches are heaven for your body as much as they are for your senses. The Portuguese sea contains high quality salt that is rich in iodine and famous for its health benefits — you can enjoy the sun and the waves while helping your body and mind recover and relax!

To help you enjoy and get the most out of your trip to Lisbon, we have compiled a list of the best beaches in Lisbon that you must visit.

1. Praia do Tamariz

Located in Estoril, just half an hour away from the center is Praia do Tamariz beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Lisbon. With the golden sea and amazing view, this beach is a must-visit!

How does spending the day in a castle perched on this stunning beach sound to you?

Forte da Cruz was built in the 17th-century as a way to protect the city from the numerous invasions that occurred during that period. Today, the fort is great shape as the new owner renovated it and it makes for the perfect place for hosting events straight out of a fairy tale.

forte da cruz on praia do tamariz beach

2. Praia dos Galapinhos

Grab your tennis shoes and prepare yourself to explore and enjoy the amazing sea. Just one hour away from Lisbon is one of the best beaches this city has to offer — the pearl white sand accompanied by the gorgeous green flora and turquoise sea will take your breath away.

Word about beautiful beaches spreads around quickly so Praia dos Galapinhos isn’t quite a hidden gem anymore. During high season, this beach gets quite crowded so try visiting in June or December instead.

Galapinhos Beach in Arrabida National Park

3. Praia de Ursa

If you are adventurer by nature, we have some good news! Lisbon has something unique, special and magical to offer to you that will satisfy your taste for adventure.

Praia da Ursa is one of the most gorgeous beaches in Lisbon. Set on the Atlantic West Coast, this beach got its name from the “Rocha da Ursa” (bear rock), one of two huge sea stacks at the northern end of the beach.

This gem is hidden away and about a one hour hike from Cabo de Roca. The peace, tranquility and gorgeous mixture of vivid colors that this beach has to offer will make you forget all the troubles you went through to get there!

Praia da Ursa (Ursa Beach) in Sintra

4. Praia da Figueirinha

Praia da Figueirinha is a calm and peaceful beach, perfect for family vacations and ideal for those who would prefer to avoid waves. If you’re looking for a beach to enjoy the calm side of the deep blue sea, Praia Da Figueirinha is the ultimate dream come true.

Located in Setubal, just a few miles away from Lisbon, this beach will offer you a chance to peacefully enjoy your holiday with your family. The clear water here is perfect for all of those who want to teach the little ones how to swim!

5. Praia da Conceição

If you are adventurer by nature, we have some good news! Lisbon has something unique, special and magical to offer to you that will satisfy your taste for adventure.

Praia da Ursa is one of the most gorgeous beaches in Lisbon. Set on the Atlantic West Coast, this beach got its name from the “Rocha da Ursa” (bear rock), one of two huge sea stacks at the northern end of the beach.

This gem is hidden away and about a one hour hike from Cabo de Roca. The peace, tranquility and gorgeous mixture of vivid colors that this beach has to offer will make you forget all the troubles you went through to get there!

5. Praia do Meco

Praia do Meco is a long sandy beach located approximately 45 minutes away (by car) from Lisbon and is consistently rated one of the best beaches in all of Portugal.

Praia do Meco has a distinct feature —  along the endless strech of white sand, there is a part of the beach that is clothing-optional for all the naturalists out there.

This beach actually was once home to the popular Super Bock Super Rock musical festival. Unfortunately, the festival no longer takes place there. However, because of it, the parking lot here is never ending so you won’t have to worry about finding a spot.

Do you agree with our list of the best beaches in Lisbon? If you think another beach deserves to be on the list, let us know in the comments below!