Lisbon's Most Beautiful Beaches

Lisbon lies on the side of the amazing moment where the wide river Tagus meets the Atlantic ocean. Water is everywhere in the city. But although you cannot find a beach downtown, you can find a few of the country's most beautiful at less than half an hour from the city center. Now that the weather is getting warmer, it's the best time to discover them. Here are five beautiful beaches to start with:

A secret spot until the seventies, when it started to become famous for being one of the few beaches that allowed naturists. The rough sea and the poor accesses makes Meco a not so crowded beach even in high summer. Nevertheless, it has been considered one of the 7 most beautiful Portuguese beaches. Maybe due to its impressive 4kms extension, giving every visitor a sense of infinity of ocean and sand. Or maybe because in Meco you can find some of the finest fish and seafood restaurants around the area.

Portinho da Arrábida
In the heart of Arrábida Mountains National Park, this beach is formed by a bay of calm, transparent waters. A good spot for diving lovers, the rocky bottom is rich both in fauna and flora. Fishery is forbidden though, it is considered a natural reserve with strict preservation rules. For those who prefer to live above the water Portinho is still a must go. The white sand, the infinite reflections of blue from the water and the view of the mountain forest behind should be enough to justify the trip.

Foz do Lizandro
After a long journey throughout the mountains, river Lizandro meets the ocean at this lovely place forming one of the most beautiful beaches around Lisbon. With a long white sandy area and a wooden walkway to cross over the dunes, Foz do Lizandro is a great spot for the whole family. Young children will be safe enjoying swimming or rowing in the calm lagoons formed by the river bank. A couple of surf schools are also there to help the boldest outbrave the challenging waves of the ocean. A few restaurants and bars for the ones who want to enjoy the sun with a refreshing drink. And of course the immense sand, where you can just lay down and plunge into your beach moment.

Before you hit the road, be aware that you'll need a good pair of legs to climb down to this beach, not forgetting that at the end you'll have to climb up again. It is not a very difficult descent. It is a bumpy and rocky one though. But it is part of the irresistible charm of Ursa, already considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Ursa means mother bear and you'll find why it's called this way once you arrive: One bigger and one smaller rock stand in the middle of the beach. Both look like bear figures, the mother and her cub. The sand area is not long so you also must consider the tides. Otherwise, you might end up wetting all your belongings - it can raise fast! A good beach for hikers and adventurers who like to explore nature at its most pure state.

It is said that it is the most windy Portuguese beach. But to describe Guincho only by its famous winds is a big injustice. Maybe it's not the beach to go if your expectations are just to lay down in the sand and enjoy the sun. But it is definitely your beach if you're into surfing, windsurfing or kitesurfing. If none of these sports appeals to you don't put visiting Guincho aside. It has an impressive dune range - Duna da Cresmina - equipped with a wooden walkway that will help you discover the incredible fauna and flora that lives there.

Silvia is a writer and a traveller born and and raised in Lisbon. Although her journeys have been taking her a bit everywhere in the world, Lisbon is the city where she always return to unveil and write about its never ending wonders.

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