Crazy Adventure: The best beaches in Lisbon region
The sense of adventure you get from making the effort to get to some of the more difficult to access beaches is often a reward in itself as there’s something innately satisfying about clambering and climbing through nature.
Our Top 5 for ADVENTURE
Tip #1 - Praias do Inferno & Praia do Temporal
You can’t get much more remote than these two beautiful but completely different beaches. As you are facing the sea, Praia do Inferno is on the left and is covered by boulders and has difficult access to the sea. Praia do Temporal is on the right and is a picture-perfect sandy cove next to the azure water. Both are sheltered by some dramatic cliffs and are separated by a very impressive rock arch, which for many is the reason for coming here. So why are these beaches mostly deserted?
Basically, it’s due to their challenging access. The descent down from the cliffs has a stage where it seems that no further progress can be made but, around the corner, there are some steps that have been cut out and which provide an approach to Praia do Inferno. Having said that, these steps are not for the faint-hearted and should only be attempted by experienced hill walkers. Getting to the sand also requires an effort and involves climbing over some boulders or using the fixed rope by the cliffs. You will be rewarded by some of the clearest waters in the region and on calm days, a swim from Praia do Temporal to the small island just offshore is a possibility.
GPS (parking)38.436850, -9.167400
Parking: At the village of Aldeia Nova
Tip #2 - Praia do Louriçal
One of our very favourite beaches on the Lisbon coast, Louriçal really is a stunningly wild place. The path down is relatively challenging in the steep final 10 meters, but after carefully descending you emerge in a narrow green cleft, complete with its own waterfall cascading down the almost overhanging cliffs. Cross the small stream and the small beach opens out before you with its wonderful sea-stacks, the most famous of which the locals call “the lion”, although it bears just as much resemblance to a gorilla.
The beach here is made up of big round boulders, which make it challenging to walk across and impossible to camp, but the views along the coast and the wonderful feeling of remoteness make it a particularly special place to spend some time, particularly at sunset.
GPS (parking)38.781344, -9.496836
"I had no idea these beaches were so close to Lisbon " – Anja, Germany.