Praia da Conceição is the best beach for tourists on the Lisbon coast
This beautiful sandy beach (overlooked by one of Cascais' best hotels -- the Albatroz) usually has calm, clear waters. It's the closest beach to the Cascais train station, and the starting point of the oceanfront promenade that goes all the way to Estoril (it’s around a 20-minute walk).
Praia da Conceição tends to be crowded in the summer
It’s the most accessible to tourists, and can therefore become quite crowded, especially on weekends, when locals join the tourists.
It got its name from a small chapel that you see connected to the Albatroz Hotel, dedicated to Our Lady of the Conception.
Facing the sand and the sea is a number of bars and restaurants, as well as paddle board rentals.
The pedestrianized center of Cascais is just steps from the beach
High tide separates this beach from Praia da Duquesa to the east, but the two form one big beach at low tide. It flies the Blue Flag, so you can be sure that it is a clean beach, and it has lifeguards on duty from May to September.
The restaurants, cafés and shops of Cascais' pedestrianized center are just a few steps away.
How to Get to Praia da Conceição
To get to Praia da Conceição from Lisbon, take the train from Cais do Sodré station. It departs every 20 minutes, and Cascais is the last stop (taking 40 minutes). A walk from the station to the beach takes less than 5 minutes.
If you have purchased the Lisboa Card, you may ride the train for free.
Attractions by Praia da Conceição
From Praia da Conceição you may walk to all of the beaches on the Cascais coastline (including those in Estoril) -- just walk down the promenade. You may also take the Rua Frederico Arouca pedestrian street through the old town, towards Cascais’ top cultural attractions, like the citadel, the Castro Guimarães Museum and the Santa Marta Lighthouse.
Hotels by Praia da Conceição
The Albatroz Hotel
Landmark 5-star hotel on top of a cliff, overlooking Conceição Beach. Most rooms have sea views, as does the terrace with a swimming pool.
Centrally-located by the main square and facing the sea, this 3-star hotel is just a short walk from Conceição Beach, through pedestrian streets. It features a terrace with ocean views and a rooftop pool.
Pergola Guest House
This Portuguese/Mediterranean-style bougainvillea-draped mansion is located on one of Cascais’ main streets, close to Conceição and other beaches. It offers uniquely-decorated rooms reached via a marble staircase, and a beautiful garden and terrace where guests may enjoy their breakfast.