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One of the best perks of visiting Portugal’s capital is certainly the Lisbon beaches. The city center is never too far away from a few of the local beaches and always make for a great day trip. The summer months often get pretty hot, so what better way to cool off than a dip in the Atlantic ocean.

The beautiful sand and turquoise waters of Lisbon’s beaches are only a train ride away. It’s one of the best things to do when visiting. I think what took me by surprise was how going to the beach was part of the local’s weekend routine — it seemed that it was what everyone was going to do! 

A Quick Summer Guide to Lisbon Beaches

On one of my trips to Lisbon, we spent a full day exploring all that Cascais had to offer. The charming town had a beautiful beach, boats floating off the coast, and endless fresh seafood to enjoy. My time exploring Lisbon’s coastline couldn’t have been more idyllic. 

Ready to explore these Lisbon Beaches? Here’s a quick guide for your summer travels!


How far is Lisbon from the beach?

The closest beach is around 30 minutes away by public transportation from the main train station. It really all depends on how far you want to travel, if you’re using the public transportation system or if you’re going to self-drive. 

Of course, the summer months, the beaches closest to the city are the most packed like Cascais. So if you’re looking to beat the crowds, the further away from the city, the better.

A Quick Summer Guide to Lisbon Beaches


Best Lisbon beaches accessible by public transportation for a day trip

  • Praia de Carcavelos (train 30 minutes) *This is your most popular beach.
  • Costa da Caparica  (bus 30 minutes)
  • Praia da Conceição, Cascais (train 45 minutes) *Great for families.
  • Praia de Santo Amaro de Oeiras (train 20 minutes)
  • Praia do Tamariz, Estoril (train 40 minutes)

A Quick Summer Guide to Lisbon Beaches

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Best Lisbon beaches accessible by car for a day trip

  • Praia do Creiro (Serra da Arrábida) *The waters here are incredible and one of the most beautiful beaches.
  • Praia das Maçãs 
  • Praia de Guincho *Head here for windsurfing.
  •  Praia da Adraga 

A Quick Summer Guide to Lisbon Beaches

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Weather for Lisbon Beaches

The warmest time of year to visit the beaches in Lisbon is from May to September. The water is refreshing and the summer heat is in full blast. Be prepared to bring some shade covering for yourself as the sun can be very strong on the coast.


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A Quick Summer Guide to Lisbon Beaches

 

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