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BEACHES

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Although it sits in the middle of the hill, the Casa de Valmarinha is closely located next to an array of beautifully scarped, golden-sand beaches, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Paradisiacal for sunny days, they also host good conditions for a variety of aquatic sports, from surf and body board to kite-surf. Fishing is another activity that can be practiced. The shifting beauty of the landscape from sunrise to sunset is a must. In the end of the day, you will feel like that last sun beam was made for you.

(Note: all distances are driving distances, except where noted otherwise).

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 PRAIA DA ADRAGA   (1,2km)

The Adraga beach is known for its personal beauty. Set up between two sumptuous cliffs, in a very natural landscape, it is the perfect match between hills, sand and sea. It is without a question one of the most beautiful Portuguese beaches, and it considered so by The Independent newspaper. The Sunday Times was even more impressed, up to the point of calling it the third best beach… in Europe!

Services: Surveillance, Good access, Blue Flag, Shower, Bar/Restaurant, Bathrooms

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PRAIA DA URSA (4km + 3 km walking)

This is the most occidental beach in Europe. Although the access is difficult, it is well worth while to visit this less populated beach surrounded by an astonishing landscape. It was considered one of the world’s most beautiful beaches by the Michelin Guide.

Services: No surveillance or any other type of support equipment

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PRAIA DO CAVALO (4km + 3,5km walking)

Accessed through Praia da Ursa, this beach is reserved for adventurers, due to the 400m of trails and scarps. However, the prize is high: a hidden natural jewel, which you can enjoy without being bothered.

Services: No surveillance or any other type of support equipment

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PRAIA GRANDE and PRAIA PEQUENA (3km)

These two beaches are very famous and are very populated in summer with families coming from Lisbon. They are known for the amazing conditions offered to surfers and body boarders, having hosted trials from both the World and European championships of these sports.

For those who do not fancy the agitated sea there is an oceanic pool where they can retreat to. Many restaurants and bars surround these beaches, making them not only popular during the day but thriving during the night, due to the presence of many youngsters from the capital.

Services: Surveillance, Good access, Blue Flag, Access for Disabled people, Shower, Bar/Restaurant, Bathrooms

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PRAIA DAS MAÇÃS  (4km)

Another local favorite, this beach is located in a riverside’s mouth. Its extensive sand-field is protected by two big rocks, and there is a small town nearby. The name — “maçã” means “apple”, in Portuguese — comes from the apples of Colares that used to fall in the river and accumulated on the sand banks.

In order for the visit to be complete, it is highly recommended to take the old tram that connects the beaches to Sintra. It is an enjoyable and unforgettable ride.

Services: Surveillance, Good access, Blue Flag, Access for Disabled people, Shower, Bar/Restaurant, Bathrooms

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AZENHAS DO MAR (6km)

Standing next to a riverside that runs to the Atlantic, filled with water mills, it is a beach with calm water and an oceanic pool. On top of the beach there is a sightseeing spot where you can witness this perfect match between Man and Nature. A typical presence in the official guides of Portugal’s Tourism department, it is highly visited during summer and winter.

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PRAIA DO MAGOITO   (9km)

This huge beach has a somewhat rural charm to it, seeming like a natural resort built next to the sea. Its waters are very rich in iodine. From its rocky sand it is possible to see, far south, the great cape Cabo da Roca. And next to its entrance there is a fossil dune, classified as geographical monument. It was formed by the accumulation of sand generated by the co-action of the sea and the wind. Other beaches in the area, such as Aguda and Assafora, have similar formations.

Services: Surveillance, Blue Flag, Shower, Bar/Restaurant, Bathrooms

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PRAIA DO ABANO (12,5km) and GUINCHO (14km)

Abano is located in the south of cape Cabo da Roca, surrounded by the ridge of Sintra. 1,5km after the hills stand Guincho and Cresmina, two beaches surrounded by a big grove, small vegetation and an immense amount of sand that even covers the road, sometimes. Guincho is one of the biggest beaches in the country, being known for its strong waves and the might of its wind. International competitions of surf, windsurf and body board are often staged here. There is also an array of nice beach bars, and restaurants with an excellent variety of fish and seafood.

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PRAIA DA SAMARRA   (20km)

Hidden in a small bay between two granite cliffs that resist the fury of the sea, this small beach with its sea mill is an important ecological spot and it is usually visited by locals.

Services: No surveillance or any other type of support equipment

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This beautiful beach with scarped cliffs and difficult entrance is worth visiting due to its extensive coastline, composed by 2km of golden sand. When the tide is low it is possible to access the neighbor beach of São Julião.

Services: No surveillance or any other type of support equipment

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OTHER BEACHES OF “ESTORIL LINE”

If you are going south from Casa da Valmarinha, in the direction of Abano and Guincho you might want to visit the nice beaches of the so called “Estoril line” — Praias das Moitas, Tamariz, S. Pedro and Carcavelos — that start right in the center of the city of Cascais and go all the way up to Carcavelos. The 40km of road along the coast until Lisbon are a beautiful and worthwhile trip.

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OTHER BECAHES: UP NORTH

If you decide to go north, then the suggestion falls upon the almost twenty beaches of the Ericeira region, all of which are equipped with lifeguards, showers, bathrooms and restaurants. Some of these beaches, like São Julião (23km), Foz do Lisandro (27km), Ribeira D’Ilhas (33km) and S. Lourenço (35km) are comparable in beauty to all of the previous ones described.

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Certain beaches next to the town of Ericeira, like Praia do Norte, Praia do Sul, Praia dos Pescadores, Praia de S. Sebastião and Praia da Baleia are highly recommended for a family trip.