If you google best beaches in Portugal, you will see lot of results highlighting Algarve region and its stunning beauty. No question Algarve beaches are stunning, but there are some hidden gems in the Alentejo Beaches.
Secluded Alentejo Beaches in Portugal
Stretching for as long as your eyes can see, you only need to walk a few hundred meters before you feel like you own the Alentejo region beach. In April 2018, the water was on a cooler side with high waves. There are no trees in the area. If you would to get some shade there are umbrellas and sun chairs. There are restaurants and cafes near the beach, but be ready to pay a bit extra.
Is a quiet beach to read a book or an afternoon nap your definition of best beaches in Portugal ? Then, you found your spot.
Tróia – Galé beach
There are two ways to access this absolutely stunning and secluded Alentejo beach. By car from Comporta or by ferry from Setubal. You want a bit more than just beaches ? Troia peninsula has a casino, hotels, a few restaurants, a swimming pool and white sand beaches.
Want a little history that takes you back to Roman time? Visit the Roman ruins that are walkable from the beaches.
How do you describe your best beach in Portugal vacation ? A horse ride along the beach at sunset ? Or catching the wave for surfing ? Oh perhaps just a stroll along the miles and miles of white sand beaches and the fresh water lagoon?
Praia da Costa de Santo André:
What a dreamy beach where you can switch between ocean and lagoon at your will as you enjoy a water sport or two like windsurfing and canoeing. Or just go for a casual walk covering both beach and lagoon side by side.
Praia de Sao Torpes:
Warm water, Yay! Small but cute beach with somewhat limited parking spot. If you are headed there on a holiday season, plan accordingly. But, parking lot was no where near packed in April 2018.
Praia da Samoqueira:
Located only 2.5 kilometers from the city of Porto Côvo, this beach is really easy to access with a car. Really nice big beach with rocks and small cliffs.
Praia das Furnas:
Known for its large and calm sea, this beach is really close to the white washed town of Vila Nova de Milfontes. This town can easily be the hub for all the near by beaches. Look no further if you are looking for a budget accommodation or a hostel.
Praia de Almograve:
This beach is part of the popular hiking route. Rota Vincentina is a network of trails covering over 450KM of South West Portugal that gives a deep insight into day to day lives of people going by their business. Yes, most of these trails are actually used by locals for foot transportation, for example fishermen.
If a long hike fancies you, check it out. http://en.rotavicentina.com/go.html
And you can find night stays and pre-booked meal at the villages along the way.
A camino de Santiago equivalent in Portugal, this trail system is only slowly picking up popularity among western europeans looking for warm weather. Go before it gets crowded.
Praia de Zambujeira do Mar:
Known for the amount of rocks this beach, may not be the swim friend beach. Not so much space for parking, so it is a good idea to park in the village, and then walk. Check out the sunset from this beach that will take your breath away.
If you happen to visit Portugal during the spring season, don’t forget to stop and smell the wild flowers. They are abundant along the South Western villages.
There is no coastal road to drive through these beaches. The highway is a bit far away from the coastline. But thats what makes this coast a perfect place for a walking adventure, where you are almost guaranteed to find a secluded beach.
Rent a car from Lisbon and drive south along the route we took:
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