Carcavelos beach

One of the liveliest beaches near Lisbon, with clear water, soft sand and smooth waves for surfing.

Avenida Marginal 2775 Carcavelos

Where the waters of the Tagus River meet the Atlantic you find the longest beach of Estoril coastline, famous for its soft sand, excellent facilities and, most of all, great vibes. It stretches for 2km, with plenty of room for sunbathing, swim, beach sports and endless family fun.

Its waves along with surf schools have established it has one of the best spots for surfing around the capital. If there’s a beach around Lisbon that can inspire you to learn surfing, this is the one – several surfer style bars and schools for beginners make it one of the best beaches for whoever is keen to discover what surfing is all about.

There’s a bustling promenade perfect for jogging, roller skating, bike rides or just a relaxed walk. Plenty of nice restaurants and beach bars make it a great place for a refreshing drink, a romantic dinner or evening entertainment.


Being so close Lisbon and easily reached by train or car, you can expect it to be busy, especially in August and at the weekends.

There are volleyball courts, beach football pitches along with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire. The facilities are excellent and it’s well kept and regularly cleaned.

There’s plenty free parking and public transports – it’s a 10-minute walk from Carcavelos train station, on the Cascais train line from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré station.

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