The beaches of Sintra
|Praia da Ursa|
Praia da Ursa - (Our cover foto)
|The double arches resembled|
a bear, giving the beach
its name (Ursa=Bear)
The southernmost of Sintra beaches got its name from a double arch that used be on the beach resembling a bear sculpted by a giant. The beach is accessible by foot only, on a accentuated footpath (good shoes are advisable due to loose rocks). Though the 'bear arches' no longer exist, there are many other rock formations on the beach, and the effort of the descent is well worth it. This is the closest beach to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe. This is the only beach in Sintra where you will see nudists.
Bus 403 toward Cascais gets you to Azoia and Cabo da Roca - distance from Casa do Valle is about 14 kms.
|Early morning at Praia Grande|
|Praia das Maçãs|
|Azenhas do Mar|
Next beach to the North is Azenhas do Mar, a picturesque village sitting on a cliff and natural sea water pools down at the bottom. Sometimes, depending on the tide, there is an accumulation of sand, creating a small beach on the top of the rocks. A nice restaurant, great for fishing, no lifeguards. Distance from Casa do Valle is about 11 kms, and the busses #440 and #441 take you there.
Praia da Aguda is a great beach with no services. It is reached by a long stretch of stairs from the parking lot. It is a favorite beach with beachgoers that are also dog owners. On a low tide, you can walk along the sea from Praia da Aguda to Praia de Magoito. The area on top of the beach is a take-off site for paragliding.
|Praia da Samarra|
|Praia da Vigia|
ghout the years, excavated the cliff, forming a very sizeable creek. It has good facilities, and can be quite crowded during weekends. Access to the beach is about 3 kms from Assafora village, 18 kms from Casa do Valle to the beach, and reachable by bus #443 (to Assafora).
|Praia de São Julião|
Lots of different beaches to choose from, or you can go to a different one every day!