Bordered by the Atlantic and having two archipelagos –Azores and Madeira- under jurisdiction, it’s no surprise that Portugal has many lovely beaches.
With over 800km/500 miles of coastline, Portugal proudly offers the visitors countless beaches, ranging from sandy ones perfect for the family, to windy ones perfect for surfing. A wide range of water sports are also available for the visitors.
The sea is warmer on the south coast than on the west coast, so make sure to take that information into account when choosing the destination.
Diving, snorkeling, paragliding, surfing are popular activities and can be enjoyed on a lot of beaches.
No matter where you want to spend your vacation, in August all the beaches are crowded, especially though in the Algarve region and around Lisbon.
If you are heading to the Azores or Madeira, the weather will be warm all year round.
The Algarve has some of the most peaceful beaches, perfect for sunbathing. Some of the beaches for sunbathing include Nazaré, Portinho da Arrábida, Sesimbra, Praia Calada and Meia Praia –very popular among families with children-, all in the Algarve region.
If you are looking to participate in water sports, the best beaches in the Algarve region include: Praia da Luz, Meia Praia, Ilha de Tavira, The Praia de Dona Ana and Praia da Rocha.
If you want to surf, there are about 30 beaches to choose from, but the best waves can be found at: Ericeira, Peniche, Nazaré and Praia Ribeira.
If you want to dive, Praia da Luz is one of the best beaches to choose.
If you want some privacy, find your way to Praia Figueiras. It’s secluded and it’s not crowded even in the middle of the tourist season.