The beaches of Sintra
|Praia da Ursa|
Praia da Ursa - The southernmost of Sintra beaches got its name from the enormous rock that reminds one of an animal sculpted by a giant. Down below, in the sand, there are many rock formations and the effort of the descent is well worth it. The beach is only reached through a path from Azoia, on the road to Cabo da Roca (which is the Western-most point of Continental Europe, well worth visiting). 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.
|A summer wedding at Praia da Adraga|
|Bathing at Praia da Adraga|
|Early morning at Praia Grande|
|Praias Grande and Pequena as seen from the cliffs|
|Praia Grande from South to North|
|Pathway up the cliffs between Praia Grande and Praia das Maçãs has informative posters on the nature|
|There are also resting points on the walk to enjoy the views|
|Praia das Maçãs|
|Azenhas do Mar|
Next beach to the North is Azenhas do Mar, a pictoresque 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 de Magoito|
Praia da Samarra is at the mouth of a brook between two slopes. Its relatively small stretch of sand opens itself to the quiet ocean in a vee. The rocks on both sides of the mouth of the brook are great spots for line fishing. The beach is only reachable through Assafora. Follow the signposts till you reach Catribana, passing through Cortezia. At the end of the asphalted road you will find the road to Samarra. No facilities. Assafora is about 15kms from Casa do Valle, Bus 443 take you to Catribana.
|Praia da Samarra|
|Praia da Vigia|
Lastly, we have Praia de São Julião. At the northern boundary of the municipality, and shared with the neighbouring municipality. It is a large, sandy beach. It is located at the mouth of Ribeira de Falcão that has, throughout the years, excavated the cliff, forming a very sizeable creek. It has good facilities, and can be quite crowded at weekends. Access to the beach is about 3 kms from Assafora village, 18 kms from Casa do Valle to the beach, bus 443 takes you to Assafora.
|Praia de São Julião|
Lots of diffrent beaches to choose from, you can go to a different one everyday!