Portugal has many wonderful beaches which are much loved by the Portuguese, so lots of effort is put into grooming and maintaining them.
The Sintra-Cascais Natural Park´s most popular beach is Guincho. This is a favorite for surfing. The white sandy beach is so beautiful, surrounded by a large expanse of dunes. On the far end of the beach is a great bar/restaurant tucked between the dunes www.bardoguincho.pt that stays open till three AM on week-ends and serves good food in a pleasing ambiance with the waves crashing below.
Our favorite beach is Praia da Adraga. A truly beautiful site tucked between the cliffs which is not in the guidebooks. White sand, cliffs, caves, and a top rate fish restaurant/bar/cafe at the beaches edge. We come down to the beach to watch the sunset. All of our guests at Colina Flora www.colinaflora.com , a small, yet lovely country eco-guesthouse with ocean views and only a few minuutes drive to Adraga beach, are mesmerized. Our guests declare Adraga to be their favorite beach -stunning!!!.