The Portuguese capital is perfectly positioned for a great day out on the beach.
With so many incredible sandy beaches within easy reach of the city, Lisbon is special in offering both the buzz of a city break and the breeze of the fresh ocean air.
Once the heart of a mighty empire, Lisbon was strategically positioned in a sheltered inlet on Portugal’s long Atlantic coastline.
Nowadays that coastline sees more bikinis than battleships, and what with Lisbon being the sunniest capital city in mainland Europe it’s clear to see why.
That said, while the sand may be baking in the sun’s powerful rays, the Atlantic Ocean brings with it a crashing chill, so be prepared for that stomach-jolting moment when you’re heading in for a splash.
30km from Lisbon, Praia do Guincho sprawls across 750m of shoreline, on the southern side of the Serra de Sintra hills.
The backdrop is imposing and impressive. The beach is idyllic, with soft, golden sand edged with foaming white waves crashing out of the deep teal water. This beach is the thing of impressionist paintings.
You’ll also be excited to be on the very beach where James Bond rescued a drowning lady in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
The waves are powerful as they charge over rocks towards the beach, so this beach is best for relaxing on the sand unless you’re a strong swimmer.
If you’re driving, it’s half an hour from Lisbon. Otherwise grab a train from Lisbon to Cascais (worth a stop in its own right), and then hop on a local bus from outside the Cascais Villa shops.