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Guincho Beach (Praia do Guincho) is a large sandy beach along the Atlantic Ocean. James Bond movie fans may recognize these shores from the opening scene of On Her Majesty's Secret Service. While far less hazardous than portrayed in that 1969 action movie, Guincho Beach does offer a more adventurous experience than the sheltered beaches of nearby Cascais and Estoril.
In the summer months, strong winds blow in from the north, making Guincho Beach popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers. The beach used to host the windsurfing world cup and surfing and body boarding events still take place regularly. In spring, autumn and even winter, the beach attracts those who love to surf the high waves caused by the eastern winds.
If you are new to surfing, take lessons at one of the area’s surf schools. Most also provide accommodations, can do repairs and rent out gear.
When the conditions are too windy for surfing or sunbathing, go for a long beach walk and breathe in the fresh ocean air. Guincho Beach is backed by dunes and easy trails take you towards Cabo do Roca, the westernmost point of Portugal and also mainland Europe. See its eye-catching lighthouse and set out for an energizing coastal hike along the cliff face. Swap your beach sandals for sturdy shoes and head inland to explore the forested trails of nearby Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais.
Guincho Beach is located on Portugal's Estoril coast, about 21 miles (34 kilometers) from the capital, Lisbon. The beach is just a few minutes by car from Cascais, a former fishing village that is now a popular tourism hub with top-of-the-range shops and elegant hotels.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Cascais hotel is next to a golf course, 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Guincho Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cascais Beach and Boca do Inferno. Estoril Casino and Moorish Castle are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Located in Cascais, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 5-minute walk of Cresmina Beach and Guincho Beach. Oitavos Fort is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.
This family-friendly Cascais hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Oitavos Fort, Cascais Beach and Guincho Beach. Boca do Inferno is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Cascais hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Rainha Beach and Cascais Beach. Boca do Inferno is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away. Cascais Station is only a 2-minute walk and Monte Estoril Station is 14 minutes.
Situated by the ocean, this campsite is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cresmina Beach and Guincho Beach. Oitavos Fort is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.
This family-friendly Cascais hotel is located near the beach, within 2 mi (3 km) of Guincho Beach and Cresmina Beach. Cascais Beach and Praia da Conceicao are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in a rural location, this villa is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Guincho Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Cresmina Beach. Cascais Beach and Boca do Inferno are also within 6 miles (10 km).
This family-friendly Cascais villa is within 2 mi (3 km) of Guincho Beach and Cresmina Beach. Cascais Beach and Praia da Conceicao are also within 6 miles (10 km).