Discover Azenhas do Mar: picturesque village on the Portuguese west coast

Azenhas Do Mar, zeezicht

The skyline of Azenhas do Mar is one of the most well-known sights of the Portuguese west coast, with waves crashing against the rugged shore far below the houses built on and against the cliffs.

The village of Azenhas do Mar is a small fishing village with about 800 inhabitants, located in the freguesia Colares, near the city of Sintra. It is particularly known for its beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. From a parking lot on the south side of the village, you have a fantastic view of Azenhas do Mar and can take beautiful photos, especially on nice days.

Discover the secret natural pool
Azenhas do Mar has a small beach at the bottom of the cliffs, which can be reached via a long staircase carved out of the rocks. Alternatively, you can come from the south and just before the bridge, take the road to the left for a shorter route. This road leads to a small parking lot at the restaurant “Azenhas do Mar”, where you will also find a small pool.

This natural pool, which fills with seawater at high tide, is a true adventure for both children and adults alike. It’s a unique experience to swim among the little fish once the pool has filled. Even as the tide rises, it remains an exciting experience; you might almost think you’re in a lively wave pool!

Family-friendly beach of Azenhas do Mar
At low tide, this beach is a paradise of adventure for children. The many rocks offer countless opportunities for exploration, climbing, and searching for crabs and mussels. However, at high tide, the beach is nearly inaccessible, as the sea reaches up to the rocks. It takes some courage and action to reach the beach, especially if you’re with young children. Parking is scarce and uphill. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this beach with a buggy.

Culinary delights and breathtaking views at restaurant “Azenhas do Mar”
The restaurant “Azenhas do Mar” is located at the bottom of the cliff, right next to the natural pool, and offers dishes mainly focused on fish and seafood, but also some meat dishes. The food is excellent, but the real highlight of restaurant “Azenhas do Mar” is undoubtedly the breathtaking view over the ocean, similar to the view from the restaurant at Praia da Adraga.

This restaurant is not among the most economical options. For a lunch for two people with half a liter of wine, we paid about €80. This is relatively expensive by Portuguese standards, but considering the spectacular view, fresh ingredients, and excellent service, the price is understandable. A recommendation for those who want a more luxurious dining experience!

Discover the route to Azenhas do Mar: a breathtaking Route along the Portuguese coast
To reach Azenhas do Mar, follow the coastal road from Colares via Praia das Maçãs to Praia do Magoito. From Lisbon, the village is most easily reached by first driving to Sintra via the IC19.

Once in Sintra, take the exit “Praias” and follow the signs to Colares. Drive through Colares towards Praia das Maçãs. About two kilometers north of Praia das Maçãs, you will find the village of Azenhas do Mar.

Facilities at Praia Azenhas do Mar

Lifeguard: No
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Rentals: No
Bar or Restaurant: Yes
Accessible: No
Parking: Yes (limited)
Public Transport: Yes (bus to Sintra)

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