There are four official nude beaches in the Lisbon region, and four others where nude sunbathing is tolerated or rather common. They’re all found in the more remote areas of the coast, but are less than one hour from the capital. The official ones are all found to the south.
- Fonte da Telha
- Rio da Prata
- Praia da Bela Vista
- Praia da Ursa
- Praia da Aguda
- Praia da Adraga
Officially a nude beach since 2015, this has long been a destination for those who prefer to go au naturel. It’s the last beach of the 15km-long coast of Caparica, to the south of Lisbon, by a fishing community. Like others on this coast, it’s a beautiful beach with white sand and lush vegetation behind it. The almost-exclusively nude section is found at the southern end (called Praia da Adiça). You can also walk north to another nude beach, Praia da Bela Vista (see below).
For more details, see the Fonte da Telha guide.
As it can only be reached by car, you’ll mostly find locals at this beach, which was Portugal’s first nude beach. It has a popular restaurant facing the sea, so it’s mostly nude at the southern end. It maintains a rather wild atmosphere and is perfect for sunbathing, but not so great for swimming, as the waves can be strong.
For more details, see the Meco guide.
Located immediately to the south of Meco, Rio da Prata is another official nude beach, and is even wilder. Sunbathers here have traditionally slathered themselves with mud, as it’s believed to be a natural moisturizer and sunblock. After it dries on the skin, it’s rinsed with the ocean waters.
For more details, see the Rio da Prata guide.
Found on the southern end of Costa da Caparica, this official nude beach is set against a beautiful backdrop of dunes (which provide shelter on windy days). It’s right above “Praia 19” (“Beach 19”), Lisbon’s “gay beach,” and is about a 25-minute walk from Fonte da Telha.
See the Costa da Caparica guide.
It’s one of Portugal’s most beautiful beaches, but it’s not easy to reach, as it’s found down a cliff. It involves a hike of about 20 minutes, so it’s no wonder many choose to take it all off once they reach the sand. It’s grown in popularity, with many tourists stopping by before or after a visit to Cabo da Roca (a promontory that’s Europe’s westernmost point), so not everyone is nude. Local authorities have begun to discourage visits to this beach (a sign pointing to it from the road has even been removed), because of the steep descent and lack of lifeguard supervision. Still, the Portuguese Naturist Federation recommends it as a beach where naturism is tolerated, and its stunning beauty guarantees that it will remain on the tourist path for years to come.
See the Praia da Ursa guide.
This wild beach is found between the picturesque village of Azenhas do Mar and the more popular beach of Magoito, in Sintra. It can be reached down a staircase from the top of a cliff or over the rocks and tidal pools from Magoito. It’s mostly frequented by fishermen and few locals (not all of them naturists, but who tolerate those who choose to go nude). There are no lifeguards on duty.
See the Praia da Aguda guide.
Nudism is now rather rare at this beach in Sintra, but it was once common on the northern end. Still, at low tide, you can find some seclusion behind the rocks that punctuate the sand, away from the restaurant that welcomes you to the beach. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Lisbon region, and quite a romantic destination for couples (just avoid it on weekends).
See the Praia da Adraga guide.
Although it’s not an official nude beach or even recognized as one where it’s “officially” tolerated, discreet nude sunbathing is rather common on the dunes of the deserted sections of Troia, particularly between the stretches known as Troia-Galé and Soltroia.
See the Troia guide.