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.

There are plenty of world-class surf beaches in Portugal, but there is also no shortage of beach towns that will appeal to all styles of beachgoers.


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.


One of Portugal’s most vibrant coastal cities. It is also the only protected World Surfing Reserve in Europe, attracting surfers of all levels throughout the year.


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.


Visitors can take advantage of scenic hiking trails that trace Sagre’s famous limestone cliffs or cycle on open roads with majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean.


Aside from surfing, the beach town of Nazaré is a favorite seaside resort for Portuguese summer visitors. Nazaré still has an authentic fishing town atmosphere where traditions hold firm.

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