Praia do Guincho is one of the most raw beaches of the Lisbon region, it combines intense surfing with dramatic scenery and is with right a World Surf League stop. Guincho is situated in the Serra da Sintra National Park and this has protected the remote and wild ambience of the beach from tourist development.

The main attraction of Praia do Guincho are the massive waves, which roll in from the Atlantic Ocean and, when combined with the near constant breeze, form the ideal conditions for confident surfers. Guincho is the perfect beach for tourists who appreciate nature’s raw power and are willing to travel that bit further for a stunning location.

To get to Guincho from Lisbon, you have to take a train from Cais do Sodre to the village of Cascais. There you can either take a bus to Guincho or, like I usually do, rent a bike and ride there. It’s 7 kilometres and there is a bicycle path leading all the way to Guincho and along the way you can stop to see beautiful sights like Boca do Inferno and Casa da Guia. Trust me, it is much better than sitting inside a bus.

This is more for the active amongst us though, but Praia do Guincho is not a beach for sunbathers anyway. Go there to enjoy the beautiful raw nature. Whether it is the wild waves or the beautiful cliffs, the views are stunning. And there is even a path leading you through the dunes, if after biking you still feel like going for a short hike. It will take you up to a small observatorium where you can learn about the landscape and the wildlife and enjoy the view of the beaches from atop the dunes.