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The best beaches in Lisbon

Lisbon boasts numerous gorgeous beaches with superb surf. Whatever your level, here are some of the best options, according to Portuguese surfer Francisco Spinola.

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Carcavelos

Caracavelos is another family-friendly beach close to Lisbon. Expect it to be busy on weekends, but make sure you spend some time here – you won’t regret it.

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Guincho

A mere 30-minute drive from Lisbon, the beach at Guincho flanks the beautiful Sintra-Cascais national park that stretches from the hinterlands, all the way to the shore. Come here for the rugged, wild surroundings and the amazing surf.

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Nazaré

Even if you’re not a pro surfer, it’s worth going to Nazaré, about 120km north of Lisbon, where some of the world’s largest waves break, just to watch the nature in action on a big wave day. The current Guinness World Record holder for the biggest wave surfed is Brazilian Rodrigo Koxa who rode a 24.38m-high wave at Nazaré in November 2017.

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Ericeira

Once a quiet fishing village just north of Lisbon, Ericeira has transformed into the top spot for surfers in Portugal. They come here for the amazing surf, relaxed atmosphere in the village, and, of course, the great bars and restaurants that do a heady business in the summer months. Be sure to get some seafood while you’re here, it’s simply the best.

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São Pedro

The beach at São Pedro is the spot for longboard surfing, especially when the swells roll in from the southwest. A great place for a relaxing day on the board, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, and it’s also close to the city.

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Costa da Caparica

Costa da Caparica

Cross the river from downtown Lisbon and hit the perfect afternoon swell at Costa da Caparica – a long, sandy beach that seems to stretch forever.

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Lagoa de Albufeira

A 45-minute drive south from the Portuguese capital, Lagoa de Albufeira is the stunning beach lagoon where surfers decamp all year around. Big beach, great swells and amazing nature with a rich birdlife. Unbeatable.

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Praia das Macas

For the perfect spot if you’re traveling with kids and also want to try out surfing, just hop on the tram from downtown Lisbon. The waves can be strong here for beginners, but as an alternative there is also a great pool to play in.

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