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10 wild, deserted or quiet beaches less than 1 hour from Lisbon

A beach with privacy is sought, it is ready for you. Near Lisbon there are many beaches in a jungle state and little frequented. There are also deserted beaches or, simply, quieter ones, where it is possible to enjoy a day of bathing without constantly tripping over the beach.

For the elaboration of this list of unfrequented beaches near Lisbon, we have in consideration the distance to the capital. All of them are less than 1 hour away from the city center. Nem all possuem Bandeira Azul or vigilância during the Summer, but above all, the peace that they provide.

Some of them, because they are wild and difficult to access, are not recommended for children or people with mobility problems. I know that, being on a beach without any type of support service, you must take everything or necessary with you, including food and drinks. Discover some of the best quieter and less frequented beaches near Lisbon.

1. Praia do Magoito (Sintra)

Praia do Magoito

I considered uma das Richest beaches in iodine in Portugal (and in all of Europe). Praia do Magoito has golden sands, a turquoise sea and a large area. It is located in the mouth of Ribeira da Mata, just outside the town of Magoito (which gives the name of the beach), northwest of Sintra. Or only senão? Water used to be a little cold! If it’s summer on a clear day, you can see the rock cape.

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: Yes.
  • toilet: Yes.
  • Parking: Easy and abundant.
  • Access: Head towards the town of Magoito. From there, it is impossible to find the beach.
  • You say: Appreciate the fossil dune next to the access ramp (classified as a geomonument).
  • No area: If you are a fan of barnacles, this beach is ideal for apanhá-los.
  • boa for: Families and people with iodine deficiency.

2. Praia da Ursa (Sintra)

Praia da Ursa
Praia da Ursa

Barely 50 meters long, this is one of the most special beaches in Sintra. A Praia da Ursa It must be named after a huge rock with the aspect of the aforementioned animal. There is still another rocky formation with the name “Gigante”. Despite being very pretty, it has little space during high tide. We also warn that access is very difficult and discouraged for less experienced people. Since there are no support structures, he is prepared for all eventualities, especially with water and food.

  • Guarded: No.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: Next to a plaque indicating the location of Praia da Ursa.
  • Access: Continue in the direction of Cabo da Roca and turn right a little before arriving at this destination.
  • You say: Go prepared with your own footwear to descend to the escarpment, water, food and sunscreen.
  • No area: If you are a fan of barnacles, this beach is ideal for apanhá-los.
  • boa for: Young, adventurous and people with good physical condition.

3. Praia da Adiça (Costa da Caparica)

Praia da Adica
Praia da Adica

With an extensive and unknown area for the majority of the people, the privacy provided by the Praia da Adiça fez of the second official naturist beach of the Almada council. Or access is not easier and maybe it will offend the “peepers”. The natural surroundings of this beach face a small paradise, quase desert and barely there: areia branca, água limpa and quase sem pessoas. What better? Não ha!

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: Next to military base.
  • Access: Follow the N377, stop next to a military base and from there follow ape até à praia.
  • You say: In the case of a beach without any support service, you must take with you everything that is necessary to spend the day.
  • No area: A Mata dos Medos is close to this beach and is a good suggestion for a walk in nature.
  • boa for: Naturists.

4. Praia da Samarra (Sintra)

Praia da Samarra
Praia da Samarra

It is perhaps the most secret of the Sintra beaches. The area is very small and completely surrounded by hills. For all this, Praia da Samarra is an ideal local day for those who want to enjoy a refreshing bath without the confusion of two excess vacationers. Surrounded just by nature, or barulho two banhistas and replaced by som gives water to go and return. A delight for the senses and an optimal form of therapy!

  • Guarded: No.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: Scarce, along the road that gives access to the beach.
  • Access: Drive to São João das Lampas and leave in the direction of Samarra road. Na dúvida, consult or GPS.
  • You say: I bring everything or what is necessary with me to spend an afternoon at the beach because there are no non-local support structures.
  • No area: Just south of the beach, Lomba dos Pianos is located, an interesting geological formation that deserves a visit.
  • boa for: Appreciators of calm beaches.

5. Praia da Foz (Sesimbra)

Praia da Foz
Praia da Foz

It is in this beach that ends in the Parque Natural da Serra da Arrábida. It is a jungle beach with an area of ​​considerable size. For a long time, Praia da Foz has managed to keep itself almost secret, perhaps for being longer than the fame acquired by the other Praias da Arrábida. This modesty that I was subject to makes of an exceptional place to spend an afternoon on the beach with the guarantee of not having too much company. The rough sea and the strong currents that form here require some care.

  • Guarded: No.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: Sim, at the beach entrance.
  • Access: Continue to Aldeia do Meco and drive down the street 25 de Abril to chegar à praia.
  • You say: In the case of a beach that is not guarded and untouched, you must take with you everything that you need for a day at the beach and adequate footwear to walk or hike.
  • No area: O Cabo Espichel fica bem perto e uma ótima opção to better know the area.
  • boa for: Youth groups.

6. Praia das Bicas (Sesimbra)

Praia das Bicas
Praia das Bicas

Located south of Praia do Meco, it is much sought after by surfers and bodyboarders thanks to the undulation of its waters. And because it is right next to the camping park, it also attracts campers during the entire spa season. A praia das Bicas has a large area and is also one of the less frequented beaches of Sesimbra.

  • Guarded: Yes.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: Sim, at the beach entrance.
  • Access: From Aldeia do Meco, continue in the direction of the Campimeco camping park. A praia fica same após or park.
  • You say: We do not have support services and therefore you must take everything you need with you for a day at the beach.
  • No area: O Cabo Espichel is very close and deserves a visit.
  • boa for: Surfers and bodyboarders, youth groups and children’s homes.

7. Praia do Penedo (Arrábida)

Praia do Penedo
Praia do Penedo

Also known as “Praia do Inferno”, it is one of the best beaches of Arrábida. But it is also one of the less frequented days because of its difficult access. It is very frequented by line fishermen and by adepts of mergulho. O area is generous and guarantor, at the same time, space and privacy. Being a jungle beach, there is no support structure of any kind and it is not guarded. The way here is quite difficult and hardly recommended for people in good physical condition. More effort pays off!

  • Guarded: No.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: Sim, na estrada de terra batida where you começa o trilho para a praia.
  • Access: Follow the Aldeia Nova da Azóia and drive along a dirt road parallel to the coast to find the beach. Located before the beach of Cova da Mijona.
  • You say: In the case of a beach that is not guarded and untouched, you should take with you everything that you need for a day at the beach and adequate footwear to walk or hike.
  • No area: Fantastic beach for the adepts of mergulho.
  • boa for: Youth groups.

8. Beach of Cova da Mijona (Sesimbra)

Beach of Cova da Mijona
Beach of Cova da Mijona

Get ready to discover the most blue and crystalline waters of all Arrábida! This is… I know here to get chegar! The beach of Cova da Mijona is one of the secret beaches of Arrábida and access is so difficult that it is better to go by boat. But he has the skills of a mountain goat and loves to venture down pedestrian trails, it could be that he had a lot to do! In fact, it will not be easy to get to this beach as long as it is guaranteed that you will have enough privacy.

  • Guarded: No.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: Sim, na estrada de terra batida where you começa o trilho para a praia.
  • Access: Follow the Aldeia Nova da Azóia and drive along a dirt road parallel to the coast to find the beach.
  • You say: In the case of a beach that is not guarded and untouched, you should take with you everything that you need for a day at the beach and adequate footwear to walk or hike.
  • No area: Right next to it, and also very difficult to access, is Praia do Penedo, equally small, wild and modest.
  • boa for: Youth groups.

9. Praia do Rio de Prata (Sesimbra)

Praia do Rio da Prata
Praia do Rio da Prata

Due to its location, far from any village or town, Praia do Rio de Prata is a perfect place to practice naturism (it is not an official naturism beach). A praia não was, originally, dedicated to these ends. More or growing influx of vacationers to vizinha praia do Meco fez dislodge the naturists for this beach, where there is more privacy. The area is extensive and is protected by a clay fascia from which some water springs sprout.

  • Guarded: No.
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: No.
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: No. You will have to leave your car in the parking lots at Praia das Bicas or Praia do Meco.
  • Access: Walking through the area of ​​Praia do Meco in the direction of the South.
  • You say: Because you do not have any type of support services, you should take everything you need for a day at the beach with you.
  • No area: The green argila da falésia that protects the beach is abundant and optimal for cosmetic treatments.
  • boa for: Naturists.

10. Praia da Vigia (Sintra)

Praia da Vigia
Praia da Vigia

Also known by Praia de Vide, an extensive area, about 1.5 kilometers. It is an unofficial naturist beach. It is not monitored without any kind of support. Privacy, however, is guaranteed. To get to this beach, you must walk across the area towards the south from Praia de São Julião.

  • Guarded: None
  • Accessible beach: No.
  • Showers: None
  • toilet: No.
  • Parking: The parking lot is located in Falésia, not in the center of the beach.
  • Access: Walk across the area of ​​Praia de São Julião in the direction of the south (left). You can also get off a trail from the parking lot.
  • You say: Take care of leaving the beach before the sea goes up and lightly get everything or necessary because there are no support services.
  • No area: A little further south from this beach is the wonderful village of Azenhas do Mar. The views are dazzling and the fish is the best in the area.
  • boa for: Naturists.

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