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Guincho Beach
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Guincho Beach featuring surf, tranquil scenes and general coastal views

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.

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Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
5 out of 5
Estrada do Guincho, Cascais
The price is €190 per night from 11 May to 12 May
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (241 reviews)
Unique hotel with fantastic restaurant
"Unique hotel with excellent service. Their restaurant was an experience well recommended. Great views and fantastic sunsets. The beach can be windy though, but Cascais is a quick 10 min taxi trip and has sheltered wind free beaches."

Reviewed on 3 Aug 2020

Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
Charneca Villa, Sleeps 20 With Pool
Charneca Villa, Sleeps 20 With Pool
Address Provided by Property Manager, Cascais
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Situated in Cascais, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cresmina Beach and Guincho Beach. Sintra Mountains and Oitavos Fort are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Charneca Villa, Sleeps 20 With Pool
Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel
Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel
4 out of 5
Praia do Guincho, Cascais
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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) ...
3.3/5 (313 reviews)
"The older rooms were very shabby. Dated decore . The renovated rooms were quite nice. They upgraded us which was fine. The place has lots of character. It is like going back in time. Staff were lovely and very accommodating. Breakfast was good. Amazing beach setting!"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019

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Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
5 out of 5
Estrada do Guincho, Cascais
The price is €190 per night from 11 May to 12 May
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Charneca Villa, Sleeps 20 With Pool
Charneca Villa, Sleeps 20 With Pool
Address Provided by Property Manager, Cascais
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Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel
4 out of 5
Praia do Guincho, Cascais
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Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho
3 out of 5
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