Guincho Beach

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Guincho Beach which includes waves, a beach and tranquil scenes

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.

Top Trending Hotels Near Guincho Beach

Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel
Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel
4 out of 5
Praia do Guincho, Cascais
The price is Rs4,336 per night from 9 Dec to 9 Dec
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 (318 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

Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel
Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
5 out of 5
Estrada do Guincho, Cascais
The price is Rs11,281 per night from 22 Dec to 22 Dec
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (257 reviews)
"The Atlantic Ocean made this lodging remarkable."

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2021

Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho
Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho
3 out of 5
Estrada Nacional 247-6, Cascais Coast, Lugar de Areia, Cascais, Lisbon
The price is Rs4,373 per night from 17 Dec to 17 Dec
Situated by the ocean, this campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Guincho Beach and Cresmina Beach. Sintra Mountains and Oitavos Fort are also within 3 miles (5 ...
3.7/5 Good! (27 reviews)
extremely disappointed, smelly, dirty
"As soon as we opened the door of the caravan we immediately turned around and got our refund. It smelled very strongly the plastic tables and chairs were dirty stored inside. Not recommended"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2017

Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho
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Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel
Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel
4 out of 5
Praia do Guincho, Cascais
The price is Rs4,336 per night from 9 Dec to 9 Dec
Estalagem Muchaxo Hotel
Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
5 out of 5
Estrada do Guincho, Cascais
The price is Rs11,281 per night from 22 Dec to 22 Dec
Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho Relais & Châteaux
Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho
Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho
3 out of 5
Estrada Nacional 247-6, Cascais Coast, Lugar de Areia, Cascais, Lisbon
The price is Rs4,373 per night from 17 Dec to 17 Dec
Parque de Campismo Orbitur Guincho
Sea’Ya Family Surf Houses
Sea’Ya Family Surf Houses
4 out of 5
R. da Palmeira, 17, Cascais, Lisboa
Sea’Ya Family Surf Houses
Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel
Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua das Palmeiras - Quinta da Marinha, Cascais
The price is Rs9,868 per night from 9 Dec to 9 Dec
Onyria Quinta da Marinha Hotel
The Albatroz Hotel
The Albatroz Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua Frederico Arouca, 100, Cascais
The price is Rs12,436 per night from 9 Dec to 9 Dec
The Albatroz Hotel
Cosy 3-bed House in Cascais - Beach 20 min by Foot
Cosy 3-bed House in Cascais - Beach 20 min by Foot
3.5 out of 5
40 Rua Sara Afonso, Cascais
Cosy 3-bed House in Cascais - Beach 20 min by Foot
The Oitavos
The Oitavos
5 out of 5
Rua De Oitavos, Quinta da Marinha, Cascais
The price is Rs13,158 per night from 11 Dec to 11 Dec
The Oitavos
Guincho Sun
Guincho Sun
3 out of 5
Estrada do Guincho, Malveira-Guincho Resort, Cascais
Guincho Sun
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