Costa da Caparica: Lisbon’s extensive beach paradise

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costadacaparica beach overview

In less than 30 minutes from Lisbon, you can enjoy the beach of Costa da Caparica. To get there, simply cross the Ponte 25 de Abril, as Costa da Caparica is located across the Tagus River, on the Atlantic coast. Given the variety of beaches around Lisbon, choosing a destination for a day of sun, sea, and sand is not easy. This depends on whether you rely on public transport or rent a car, and whether you want to sunbathe, swim, or surf.

Costa da Caparica is a true beach village as you know them abroad, next to the beautiful beaches you will find many dining options, an extensive shopping street where you can buy many things for a day at the beach, as well as nice souvenirs.

Local favorite: the simple charm of Costa da Caparica
Costa da Caparica is very beloved by the residents of Lisbon and surprisingly attracts few tourists considering how many tourists visit Lisbon per week, despite being one of the favorite beach destinations near the city. The beach stretches over 30 kilometers of coastline, divided into several groins getting different beaches, some with trendy bars and others that offer enough privacy for naturists.

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Some of the best beaches are Praia da Morena and Praia da Sereia, located against the dunes and with cozy bars. These beaches are more than 5 km from the city center. You can easily reach them by car in another 10 minutes. Praia do Tarquínio-Paraíso, the nearest beach for those coming by bus, is a short walk from the center. It’s delightful to swim in the sea, with large and fine waves to dive into. Praia da Cabana do Pescador, the most popular beach in Costa da Caparica, offers various beach bars and bars, with regular live music and beach massages. It never feels too crowded there, partly thanks to the size of the beach. The sea invites you for a refreshing dip.

Costa da Caparica – surfing paradise
Costa da Caparica is also a true surfing paradise with its delightful Atlantic waves. Surfing at Costa da Capariva is suitable for all levels, from beginners to pros, offering a range of beaches with diverse surf conditions. Local surf schools offer lessons and rentals, ideal for honing your skills. Besides surfing, the relaxed surf culture invites you to unwind in local bars and restaurants. This mix of perfect waves and coziness makes Costa da Caparica a top surf spot.


First sun, sea, then indulge in ‘pão com chouriço’
After a day of sunbathing, you can enjoy the best pão com chouriço in the center, less than a 10-minute walk from Praia do Tarquínio-Paraíso, at Restaurant A Merendeira at Rua dos Pescadores 20. Also near Cais do Sodré, you will find a branch of this restaurant.

How to get to Costa da Caparica?
Costa da Caparica is easily accessible by bus from Praça de Espanha in Lisbon, with a short walk from the center of Caparica to the beach.

Facilities at Costa da Caparica

Lifeguard: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Rentals: Yes
Bar or Restaurant: Yes
Accessible: Yes
Parking: Yes
Public Transport: Yes (bus to Lisbon)

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