The West is a privileged area in many respects, one of which is its beautiful coastline, where, along with beautiful fine sandy beaches, you can find imposing and rugged cliffs, or unbeatable places of beauty such as the Berlengas archipelago and the quiet lagoon of Obidos.
Region with multiple colors, the green of its extensive vineyards, the blue of the sea in symbiosis with the golden of its beaches. It is a territory of intense brightness, where the sea coast and the countryside are interconnected, offering a very mild climate, all year round.
From the Salir do Porto Dunes, you can enjoy a unique landscape of beauty, along the Atlantic road towards the Óbidos Lagoon. This water plane is one of the most beautiful places on the west coast of Portugal, and is a fragile ecosystem where several species find a privileged habitat. Numerous waterfowl and migratory birds can be seen here, but it is above all at the level of bivalve molluscs that lies the importance of the fauna of this area. By the end of the Middle Ages the lagoon extended to the foot of the village of Óbidos but the ever-changing evolution of the shoreline substantially limited its perimeter. Still, the lagoon has a considerable extension and is an exceptional place to practice various sports such as rowing, sailing and windsurfing.
Next to the lagoon, Foz do Arelho Beach, is a place where nature has given us, with its exceptional therapeutic qualities and an extensive sandy beach, a favorite place for surfers. The calm and tranquil waters of the lagoon are a delight for children. In the area of the small pier, you can buy all the variety of species that the lagoon offers, from cockles to clams, on this beach you have great terraces and restaurants, where you can enjoy fish dishes, fried eels, clams and the magnificent lagoon stew.
On the south side the beaches of Lapinha and Rio Cortiço, in Bom Sucesso, are also beautiful places of summer. Here begins an extensive beach where, on the site of Praia d 'El Rey, the ingenuity of man combined with nature to create a modern "resort" where stands out a magnificent 18-hole golf course, one of the best in the country with sea view.
It is enchanting the bay between the Baleal and Peniche. On the north side, Lagide beach is a splendid place for year-round surfing and bodyboarding. Baleal beach (south side of the isthmus) is an extensive sandy beach with calmer waters, surf schools, tennis courts, swimming pools, disco and equestrian center.
Up to Peniche you can see more than two kilometers of fine white sand, with a complex of small dunes. This beach is great for pleasant walks by the sea.
The road to Cabo Carvoeiro is an unforgettable walk, with landscaped features and rare and exotic geological formations, exculpated by the sea, are a work of art of Time. The vast panorama you enjoy is a permanent spectacle of nature, with Berlenga as its backdrop.
Peniche, a land of fishermen, has a magnificent sea cuisine. It is the excellence of fresh fish, the Peniche stew, the famous Lobster Suada or simply a beautiful roasted sardines.
Visit Peniche Fortress, its Museum and the Bilros lace studios. The new Peniche Recreation Port is the base of water sports companies that have a fishing and diving sanctuary in Berlenga.
A trip to Berlengas, an island of wonderful natural scenery, with calm and crystal clear waters is a must. In fact, the transparency and clarity of the waters that bathe Berlenga is a constant and the most notorious feature. Diving is an activity of choice. Be amazed by the beautiful São João Baptista Fort built in the 17th century, the authentic jewel of Portuguese military architecture.
Berlengas Island, Nature Reserve, a privileged place of contact with nature, is served by several companies that provide connections and has some necessary infrastructures to receive the visitor.
A large sandy beach, over two kilometers long, extends from Peniche to the headland of Consolation. In the middle of this bay, in the place called Médão Grande, the waves acquire such a configuration that they allow beautiful effects in the practice of surfing and bodyboarding, namely because their waves are tubular, where the crests are so long that they create empty spaces, perfect tubes that by practitioners of these modalities are known as "super tubes", so this beach is very frequented by surfers, from various countries, during all times of the year.
Consolação Beach is endowed with excellent therapeutic conditions - in an open cove, the accumulated iodine combined with other natural conditions and, by exposure to the sun, provides the well-being of many people who seek with satisfaction the cure of their ills. rheumatic and bone origin. This is unique on the European continent and leads to the consolation of many thousands every year.
Praia da Areia Branca
Going south, you can find many other beaches and coves, such as S. Bernardino, Paimogo, Areia Branca Beach, Porto Dinheiro, Ribamar, Porto Novo and Santa Rita.
A special reference to Areia Branca Beach, much appreciated for its excellent conditions. Close by, the Porto de Barcas area is the ideal place for its magnificent nurseries to enjoy a wonderful seafood meal accompanied by light wine, with the sea in the background.
In the cliffs that are located on the coast of Lourinhã there is an extraordinary testimony of the deep geological transformations that gave rise to the present continents. Here were found great Jurassic traces containing today a valuable repository for paleontological studies. Numerous fossils, eggs and embryos are currently on display at the interesting Lourinhã Museum (GEAL).
Porto de Barcas
In Porto Novo Cove, besides the curious beach, you will find a tourist resort with golf, equestrian center and other equipment. Through the "Maceira escarpments" that flank the Alcabrichel River, an admirable natural area, discover the Vimeiro thermal complex.
Santa Cruz, is the Queen of the West Beaches, a traditional summer resort, in a more cosmopolitan environment, a set of numerous beaches of distinctive characteristics, beautiful in their natural shape, and very pleasant, is a place of choice for holiday lovers. Sun and Sea.
The A8 (Lisbon - Leiria) and A15 (Óbidos-Santarém - A1) motorways make access to the West Beaches extremely easy and pleasant.