Stretching for 800 km, the Portuguese coastline has some of the most beautiful beaches you’ll find in Europe. Rocky shores, deserted islands and scalloped bays that will leave you speechless. From the Northern region all the way to Algarve, prepare to find amazing beach spots and enjoy a truly relaxing holiday.
Explore the incredible Portuguese coast, discover sandy treasures and spend truly relaxing days during your holidays in Portugal.
Northern Portugal – Green Coast
Along the northern coastline you’ll find soft sand and a backdrop of green mountains. In Minho, the Praia do Moledo, which looks out at a 17th century castle, is one of the most beautiful in the region. In Vila Praia de Âncora you’ll find an amazing spot for surfing and canoeing.
Costa de Prata – Silver Coast
Stretching from the shores of Leiria all the way to Lisbon, the Silver Coast has some of the best beaches for surfers. Nazaré and its huge waves (now famous thanks to Garrett McNamara), and Guincho are two of the finest spots you’ll find in Portugal for surfing.
Alentejo Coast – Well-Kept Secret
Considered the home of Europe’s finest beaches by the Guardian, the Alentejo region has the best stretches of sand you’ve never heard of. In Odeceixe you’ll find an incredible beach with a river that runs across the sand, perfect for relaxing with family and children. Also very good for a family holiday is Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, which is protected by a headland and thus has very calm waves.
Algarve – The Most Popular Beaches
Portugal’s most famous beaches are in the Algarve region, which is visited by thousands of both locals and foreigners every year. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the region are Praia do Castelo (hidden by huge cliffs), Praia da Marinha (known for its rocky ridges) and the incomparable desert islands in Faro.