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The golden sands, the pure Atlantic waters and the coastline with magnificent cliffs turn the Sintra beaches into real pleasure spots. Besides bathing and the radiant summer sun, the Sintra beaches also afford superb conditions for water sports, while the cliffs provide paragliding lovers with excellent jumping ramps. Fishing, surfing and body-board are among the sports most commonly practiced along the Sintra coastline.

Most Sintra beaches are of a high quality, both regarding water tests and infrastructures. Besides the best-known beaches - Grande, Magoito, Maçãs and Adraga - there are others which are true paradises that should not be missed.

The Atlantic coast is rich in marine species, both animal and vegetable. Among the molluscs, for example, are octopus, cuttlefish and squid, mussels, limpets, clams and barnacles, among others. The crustaceans found here include various kinds of crab, including spider and rock crabs, lobster and rock lobster, the last two in zones further from the coast.

Praia do Magoito

Adraga Beach

Adraga Beach - The access to the Praia da Adraga is made by a winding road and can only be done by car, descending mountains which make you doubt there is a beach below. However, some minutes away from Colares, the fascinated visitor discovers, between two enormous hills, the deep blue of the Adraga sea. Despite all this, it is extremely popular, and it is always difficult to find a place to park your car: so please be patient. The site is extremely beautiful, with both mountain and beach sceneries. Besides the stretch of sand there is a homely restaurant which satisfies all visitors´ gastronomical needs.
Azenhas do Mar - Has a seawater swimming pool.

Adraga Beach

Praia Grande is justifiably known as a Portuguese capital for water sports, like bodyboard. European and world championships are held each year on this beach, as well as stages in the best known circuits of the sport. For weeks on end Praia Grande sees the world's best, who take advantage of the unique waves on that beach. Next to Praia Grande is the smaller beach of Praia Pequeno.
Ursa is a little beach many consider to be "the most beautiful beach in Portugal". Unpolluted and clean, nudists and textiles share its sand stretches among rocks in a quite and friendly way. The sea is cold and there is no drinking water, but you can spend hours exploring the shores and cliffs around. Allow a good half hour for the climb back up to your car. No facilities.

Praia do Magoito

Praia das Maçãs - If you’re in a romantic mood as you travel to the beach, you can catch a hundred-year-old tram in Sintra that will take you to Praia das Maçãs through some fascinating countryside. The golden sand, clear sea and restaurants on the small cliff all combine to ensure a pleasant day out.
Praia da Aguda - small and peaceful with large parking area though access to beach is by steep set of stairs which are quite nerve racking for those who suffer from vertigo. No facilities.
Praia do Magoito
- A small seaside resort at the mouth of the river Magoito. Plenty of facilities, restaurants and cafés.

Accommodation Sintra: Hotel Tivoli Sintra / Hotel Palacio de Seteais / Quinta de São Thiago / Convent São Saturnino / Selfcatering

Praia Adraga


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