Praia dos Coelhos is a wild beach that's growing in popularity
The first beach to the east of the popular Praia do Creiro in the Arrábida Natural Park is Praia dos Coelhos, which literally means “Rabbits Beach.” You won’t see any bunnies, but it’s a wild and idyllic bay that can only be reached through a path descending from the road above. Photos of its beautiful scenery of Mediterranean vegetation and calm waters guarantee plenty of engagement on social media.
Praia dos Coelhos is surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation
There are no lifeguards, bars, restaurants, bathrooms or facilities of any kind, just fine golden sand and pristine nature all around you (so make sure you bring food and plenty of water -- and take all the trash with you!).
The cold but calm waters are great for swimming on warmer days
It’s no secret, but outside the bathing season it can be fairly quiet. It’s great for swimming, despite the cold water. Do avoid it on summer weekends.
Beach for: Swimming, Couples, Instagram
Bar or Restaurant: No
What to Take: Sneakers instead of flip-flops, water, food, bags to take all the trash with you, light backpack, umbrella if you prefer shade, towel, sunscreen, fully-charged phone or camera for photos.
How to Get to Praia dos Coelhos Beach
About one third of the way, down from the road, you'll see the track going in two directions -- follow the one to the right.
To reach this beach, follow a trail from the road, between the beaches of Creiro and Galapinhos. The descent takes just 10 minutes (wear sneakers, not flip flops).
Leave your car on the parking lot of Creiro, and walk up the road (to the right) for about 15 minutes.
The narrow track down to the beach
If you’re coming by bus from Setúbal, get off at the Galapinhos or Creiro stops. For complete details on how to go from Lisbon to Setúbal and from there to this and other beaches in the area, see the guide to Arrábida.
Hotels by Praia dos Coelhos Beach
Casa da Adôa
The only place to stay within walking distance to Praia dos Coelhos is this small bed and breakfast facing Portinho da Arrábida, by Praia do Creiro. It’s budget accommodation in a typical Portuguese villa, with a very welcoming owner and sea views from most of the rooms.