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Guincho Beach

Ride the waves, enjoy a few hours of sunbathing on the warm sand or go for long walks to catch a sea breeze at this surfer’s paradise in southern Europe.

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.

Ensure you have lots of time at Guincho Beach. Below are some of the top things to do:

For many more activities, peruse our Cascais things to do page.


Guide to Exploring Guincho Beach


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Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux SG$206
Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux

Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux

Estrada do Guincho, Cascais
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    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 Boca do Inferno and Cascais Beach. Estoril Casino and Monserrate Palace are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel SG$91
    Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel

    Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel

    Praia do Guincho, Cascais
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Cascais, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 5-minute walk of Cresmina Beach and Guincho Beach. Oitavos Fort is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

      Sheraton Cascais Resort - Hotel & Residences SG$127
      Sheraton Cascais Resort - Hotel & Residences

      Sheraton Cascais Resort - Hotel & Residences

      Quinta da Marinha, Rua das Palmeiras, Lote 5, Cascais
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a regional park, this luxury aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Oitavos Fort, Cascais Beach and Guincho Beach. Boca do Inferno and Manuel Possolo Hippodrome are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Hotel SG$294
        Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Hotel

        Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Hotel

        Rua do Clube 36, Quinta da Marinha, Cascais
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Cascais, this luxury hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Oitavos Fort and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Cascais Beach. Boca do Inferno and Manuel Possolo Hippodrome are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho
          Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho

          Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho

          Estrada Nacional 247-6, Cascais Coast, Lugar de Areia, Cascais, Lisbon
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the ocean, this campsite is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Guincho Beach and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Cresmina Beach. Cascais Beach and Paula Rego Historical House are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Sea’Ya Family Surf Houses
            Sea’Ya Family Surf Houses

            Sea’Ya Family Surf Houses

            R. da Palmeira, 17, Cascais, Lisboa
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Cascais apartment building 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).

              Casa Guincho Unique Property With Ocean Views, 2 Minutes From Guincho Beach
              Casa Guincho Unique Property With Ocean Views, 2 Minutes From Guincho Beach

              Casa Guincho Unique Property With Ocean Views, 2 Minutes From Guincho Beach

              Rua do Passo Mau 34, Cascais
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Guincho Beach and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Cresmina Beach. Cascais Beach and CascaisVilla Shopping Centre are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Casa Guincho Beach House Near the Beach, Golf, Countryside, Mountain
                Casa Guincho Beach House Near the Beach, Golf, Countryside, Mountain

                Casa Guincho Beach House Near the Beach, Golf, Countryside, Mountain

                Av. da Charneca, 642, Cascais
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Guincho Beach and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Cresmina Beach. Cascais Beach and CascaisVilla Shopping Centre are also within 6 miles (10 km).