Extending down the west coast South of the River Tejo is the 26km (16 miles) stretch of stunning beaches collectively known as the Costa da Caparica. A major draw for locals and their families, it is relatively unknown by foreigners. The majority of the beaches here are family-friendly and are especially busy during school holidays. However, be aware the Praia do Meco at the southern end of the Costa da Caparica beyond the Lagoa de Albufeira is a nudist beach. Also down the southern end is the Arriba Fóssil da Costa nature reserve, where the pristine beaches, along with rare fauna, are protected by law.
It is the northern end that has a beach resort feel about it and enjoys excellent transport links with the capital and a range of accommodation. The plethora of beach bars make for a lively night out. That said, the age-old fishing traditions continue here. The daily catch is hauled onto the beaches in colourful traditional small boats and sold directly to the public and local restaurants. A mini-train runs nine kilometres (6 mi) from Costa de Caparica town through less accessible beaches to the small village of Fonte da Telha during the high season. Water sports here are also popular. The waves here offer good conditions for beginner surfers. Regular buses run central Lisbon, starting from Praca do Areeiro (on the Green Metro line) to Costa da Caparica everyday. This MADABOUTLISBON.COM guide provides an introduction to Costa da Caparica as either a holiday destination or an excursion from Lisbon. Learn where to go, where to eat and where to stay.
Cova da Vapor
North of Costa da Caparica the Tejo (Tagus) joins the Atlantic. Here is the working fishing village of Cova da Vapor and a broad expansive beach. A long jetty juts out into the sea and helps to temper Atlantic swells however does little to ease the sea breezes. The effect of the warmer river flowing into the cooler waters of the Atlantic creates a great feeding ground for fish which supports the village's industry, yet the currents can be perilous for swimmers – be mindful to swim between the red and yellow flags. The water conditions attract surfers; kite surfers and windsurfers alike. There are surf camps here that offer lessons and board hire. The village itself comprises of fisherman bungalows, some brightly coloured. There's some great beach bars, clubs and restaurants here. One feels you have stumbled across the locals secret hideaway places but of cause service here is as friendly as anywhere else in Portugal. 38° 39' 46.2" N | 09° 15' 28.2" W | 171
The coastal town of Costa da Caparica (Caprica means cloak filled with riches) is quite a lively resort loved by Lisboetas who flock here on weekends and public holidays. Relatively unknown by international visitors prices here remain cheaper than in Cascais or Estoril. The coastline has a wonderful rugged beauty, the large swell, lines of dunes, clean golden sands and fresh sea air. Costa da Caparica town stretches from Praia de Santo António in the North 38° 38' 50.6" N | 09° 14' 37.2" W to the Praia Fonte da Telha 38° 34' 18.9" N | 09° 11' 45.9" W in the south and encompass some of the best beaches in the Lisbon area. A mini train ( May – September; Daily every 30min, 09h00 – 15h30 | €3.80 return ) traffics people along the coast although the promenade and boardwalks are pleasant to traverse. The buildings are a hodgepodge of new high-rises and traditional townhouses. The accommodation varies too from luxury hotels to self-catering apartments. In the Praça da Liberdade you’ll find the municipal market, supermarkets and banks. The Rua dos Pescadores is pedestrianised and sits in the heart of the commercial area and is full of cafés, restaurants, souvenir shops and inexpensive guesthouses.
Vestiges of the towns fishing heritage can be found by the odd colourful boat landed on the beaches and brightly painted fisherman huts. There's an abundance of places to eat and drink, both on the sands and inland. It's not uncommon for beach parties to erupt during summer evenings. The further south from the centre of Costa da Caparica the less developed and crowded it comes. Away from the family orientated centre the beaches here attract more surfers and located north of Pesca fonte da Telha is the Praia 19, Portugal's oldest naturist beach. 38° 35' 06.9" N | 09° 12' 14.8" W. At Pesca fonte da Telha there's a long stretch of beach with a number of beach bars and restaurants. 38° 34' 04.0" N | 09° 11' 36.4" W | 129, 130, 139, 163.
Costa da Caparica
Lagoa de Albufeira
Just south of the Arriba Fóssil da Costa de Caparica nature reserve is over a thousand hectares of rugged cliffs containing fossils dating back over 15 million years. Beyond the Arriba Fóssil da Costa de Caparica the Costa da Caparica coastline opens up into a beautiful lagoon. The lagoon system is fed by three small rivers and provides refuge for many species of waterfowl, fauna and flora. The calmer waters of the lagoon provide tame bathing conditions for young families and windsurfers. A sand bar where the lagoon meets the ocean, the Praia da Boca Velha 38° 30' 46.6" N | 09° 10' 58.1" W, offers great conditions for sunbathing. The Praia da Lagoa de Albufeira-Mar faces the Atlantic and is separated from the lagoon by large dunes. 38° 30' 25.2" N | 09° 10 '57.1" W | 240.
Located in Costa da Caparica, Lisbon Surf Villa provides free WiFi and guests can enjoy free bike rental, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a shared lounge. There is also a dining area and a kitchen equipped with a microwave, a fridge, and an oven. The bed and breakfast offer a continental or buffet breakfast. Lisbon Surf Villa has a terrace.
There is a garden with a barbecue at this property and guests can go cycling nearby.
6 Rua Mário Domingues, 2825-440 Quinta de Santo António, Portugal.
38° 39' 10.7" N | 09° 14' 10.2" W
Overlooking the longest beach in the Lisbon area, this hotel provides far-reaching views of the Atlantic Ocean. Tryp Lisboa Caparica Mar features an outdoor pool and 354 rooms spread over seven floors.
All guest bedrooms at Tryp Lisboa Caparica Mar feature a private balcony, with mountain or ocean views. In addition, every room offers air conditioning, free WiFi, satellite TV, a hairdryer and an en suite bathroom.
The two restaurants at the Tryp Lisboa Caparica Mar offer buffet meals and à la carte menus. An on-site bar is available throughout the year and during the summer season, guests can relax at the Lobby Garden Bar and the Red Dragon Beach Club. Bicycles can be rented on site. Guest are welcome to curl up with a book in the library. There are seven conference rooms equipped with the latest sound and image technology.
Av. General Humberto Delgado, 47, 2829-506 Costa da Caparica, Portugal. | 38° 38' 28.2" N | 09° 14' 12.4" W
Providing free WiFi throughout the property, Caparica Poshtel An Luxury Hostel is located in Costa da Caparica, 0.9 miles from Cornelia Beach and 0.8 miles from Convento dos Capuchos. At the guesthouse, each room is equipped with a patio, a shared bathroom and a TV.
16 Praceta Salvador José, 2825-296 Costa da Caparica, Portugal.
38° 38' 25.5" N | 09° 13' 58.2" W
The perfect retreat after a hard day on the beach. A popular restaurant with a varied palette of Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisines. As one would expect fish appears often on the menu, of note is the octopus and tuna dishes. There are vegetarian friendly and vegan options. The ambience is low lit and service is light hearted and jovial. Help you meal go down with a glass of sangria or home made lemonade.
Tuesday – Saturday: 12h00 – 22h00, Monday & Sunday: CLOSED
Avenida 1º de Maio 36D, Costa da Caparica 2825-393 Portugal.
38° 38' 41.7" N | 09° 14' 16.4" W | +351 218 235 099 | Omercadocc@gmail.com
The passion and flavours of the mountains meets the the coast and the bounty of the ocean. This great family restaurant serves the best grilled locally caught fish cook on an outside BBQ. The cooking aromas will draw you in and the flavours do not disappoint. The a traditional homely feel about the restaurant and you'll know you're receiving an authentic Portuguese experience. Look out for dishes from the Transmontano region on the menu too, their house style Alheira sausage is legendary.
Daily: 09h00 – 23h00
Av. 25 de Abril N 10, Costa da Caparica 2825-415 Portugal.
38° 38' 33.0" N | 09° 13' 58.6" W | +351 212 901 695
A great unpretentious and friendly Brazilian grill restaurant whose speciality is Picanha, cut very thin, tender and juicy. Take advantage of the outdoor seating and soak up the sun and have a drink in the cool evening breeze.
Wednesday – Monday: 12h30h15h00/19h30 – 22h30, Tuesday: CLOSED
Avenida do Movimento das Forcas Armadas 41a, Costa da Caparica 2825-372 Portugal.
38° 38' 29.9" N | 09° 13' 57.6" W
+351 914 279 758 | email@example.com | Website
|Only 22 kilometres (14 mi) south of Lisbon Portela Airport
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|FromTake the A2 across the 24 Abril Bridge into Almada before turning right onto the A38 to Costa da Caparica.
Latitude - 38° 34' 04.0" | Longitude - 09° 11' 36.4"
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|Fertagus run services from Lisbon to the North and Setúbal to the South and traverses the 24 de Abril bridge to the Pragal train station.
• Lisbon - Setubal Timetables | Website
CP (Comboios de Portugal) trains which head South of Lisbon traverse the bridge:
Intercity (Intercidades) trains to/from Évora and Beja
• Linha do Alentejo: Timetable
Portugal's High Speed National Service
• Alfa Pendular Timetable
Trains of Portugal Website
| TST (Transportes do Tejo) run bus services South of Lisbon.
• 124 Cacilhas - Costa
• 129 Costa Caparica - Trafaria
• 130 Costa Caparica - Fonte Telha
• 135 - Cacilhas (ferry port) - Costa de Caparica
• 153 Costa Caparica - Lisboa
• 155 Costa Caparica - Lisboa
• 161 Costa Caparica - Lisboa
• 161 - Praca do Areeiro (on the Green Metro line) - Costa da Caparica
A terminus for the light rail of the Metro Transportes do Sul is located at Cacilhas. The light rail lines from Cacilhas connect with the Lisbon railway network.
Timetable | Website
The ferry departs Lisbon at Cais do Sodré, which is ideally located on the green metro line and terminates at Cacilhas.
Weekdays: 06h00 – 22h45 | Weekends: 7h30 – 22h45
€1.20 | Timetable | Website