Praia da Poça is overlooked by a fort and a century-old villa
A staircase and a ramp lead down to this beach in the center of Estoril, not far from the famous casino. It’s also known as Praia de São João do Estoril, and is an alternative to neighboring Tamariz Beach.
There’s a restaurant serving meals and refreshments throughout the day, with outdoor seating. From there you may admire the Fort of São Teodósio da Cadaveira, a construction from 1642, meant to defend the entrance to the city of Lisbon. A few feet from it stands Villa São Paulo, a century-old mansion now used as an events venue.
Praia da Poça mostly attracts locals from Estoril
The shoreline is a little rocky, and was once a popular spot for fishermen hoping to catch some octopus. Today, it’s mostly taken over by local families, drawn by the tidal pools created when the tide is low. When the waves are stronger, it’s also a surfing site.
Beach for: Families, Surfers
Bar or Restaurant: Yes
Transportation: Train from Lisbon
How to Get to Praia da Poça
Praia da Poça is just a 5-minute walk from the Estoril train station, which is on the Cascais line. Departing from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodré station, the train takes 36 minutes to reach Estoril.
If you have purchased the Lisboa Card, you may ride the train for free.
Attractions by Praia da Poça
Praia da Poça is located between Praia da Azarujinha (to the east) and Praia do Tamariz (to the west). Just follow the promenade, and if you walk to the very end in Cascais (to the west), you’ll not only enjoy a scenic walk by the sea, but will also see most of the beaches of Estoril and Cascais along the way.
Hotels by Praia da Poça
Vila Galé Estoril
Located up the road, this 4-star hotel has an outdoor pool, rooms with sea views, and a health club.
Blue Boutique Hostel and Suites
This colorful villa, located two streets behind Praia da Poça, provides budget accommodation to young travelers who want to spend some days surfing and sunbathing on the Estoril-Cascais coast. It features a nice terrace and an interior divided into dorms, suites and standard rooms with shared bathrooms.