10 of the Best Beach Towns in Portugal


Portugal is one of Europe’s most popular summer destinations thanks to the number of stunning beaches and charming beach towns to choose from along the Atlantic Coast.

Portugal is also a famed surfing destination – Nazaré, which we list as one of the best places to visit in Portugal, is world-renowned thanks to the Big Wave surf competition.

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Lagos has many historical attractions and beautiful beaches, such as the Fortress and the Lagos Castle. The Algarve has a rich and varied history independent of Portugal.


It is the only protected World Surfing Reserve in Europe, attracting surfers of all levels throughout the year. But even if you don’t surf, Ericeira has a lot to offer.


Albufeira is famous for its beautiful beaches, where you can find a large variety of water sports, from parasailing to scuba diving.


Aljezur feels like a more authentic, timeless version of the Algarve with some of Portugal’s most beautiful, unspoiled beaches.


Sagres is a beautiful, barren, windswept landscape that offers plenty to see and do. It is a mecca for lovers of the outdoors, both on land and sea.


Nazaré now has the attention of big wave surfers worldwide, chasing the elusive 100-foot wave and snaring the annual Big Wave Surf title.

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