Portugal is a very well-known travel destination in Europe that is popular with tourists throughout the summer for its gorgeous beaches and summer sun. While there is much more to Portugal than simply the sand and the sea, it’s one of the best locations to consider if you want to relax on the beach. In addition, Portugal has become one of the first countries to start welcoming tourists again after the COVID19 pandemic, so it’s an ideal option to choose if you are looking to get away as soon as possible after over a year of not being able to travel. Here are some of the most gorgeous beach areas in Portugal to consider visiting.
In Albufeira, the Algarve is certainly one of the most popular beach areas in Portugal, offering several stunning, large beaches and plenty of things to see and do. Whether you want to party on the vibrant strip or are more interested in having a chilled-out and relaxing vacation in the Old Town, the Algarve has everything that you need and more on offer. If you’re heading on a Europe trip and want to catch some sunshine and enjoy some time relaxing on a sun lounger, this could be the perfect destination for you.
The former fishing village of Nazare in Ribatejo has become one of the top surfing spots in the country, with a main stretch of beach that’s filled with clean sand and sunshades throughout the summer. There are further beaches spreading north across the headland, making it a great destination for anybody who wants to be surrounded by coastline. If you are a surfer you will love the North Beach, which has a reputation for it – in fact, it’s where the largest wave in the world was surfed.
Foz de Minho in Minho is the northernmost beach in Portugal, located on a stunning wooden peninsula where the Rio Minho flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The sheltered river beach is the ideal alternative for anybody who wants to enjoy a countryside getaway in Portugal with the option of relaxing on the beach too. You can easily take a day tour from main Portugal locations like Porto and Lisbon to explore this area.
Another beach area in Portugal that is worth visiting if you don’t want to be within all the huge crowds of tourists that some beach areas here will attract is the historical port town of Alcacer do Sal, located in the area of Alentejo. It’s one of the best beaches in Portugal and offers deserted sands that stretch as far as you can see. There are a few seasonal café and restaurants here and the area is very popular with the wealthy. When it comes to places to stay here, there are several awesome options to choose from including a former Moorish castle that has been converted into a luxury hotel.
The good news is that Portugal boasts an excellent railway network and including more than one destination in your travel plans is not a problem whatsoever (check portgualtrains.com to learn more about railway travel in Portugal). So, which beaches from the list will you visit first?