Praia da Adraga is dotted with dark rocks
Known for its scenic beauty, this wild and sandy beach close to Cabo da Roca is protected by cliffs and dotted with formations of dark, jagged rocks. It was once considered one of the top 20 European beaches by the Sunday Times, but remains somewhat of a secret, although much less so each year, as it can also be crowded on summer days (avoid it on weekends). Still, it’s far from being as popular as the other beaches around Sintra, and the northern section still offers some privacy to naturists.
Praia da Adraga has been listed as one of Europe's best beaches
Close to the southern end (to the left as you arrive at the beach) is the Pedra de Alvidrar (the “Rock of Reason”), a huge rock that drops vertically to the sea, which in the past was used for a local rite of passage for young men, who showed their bravery by climbing it.
Nearby is the Fojo natural well, which resulted from the erosion of the limestone rocks that also created caves, tunnels and grottoes. The bottom of the well leads to the sea, and a Roman myth says that it’s home to a 90-meter Tritan who plays a conch shell (in reality, the sound is caused by the waves).
Praia da Adraga has grown in popularity thanks to word of mouth and its restaurant
The water is very clean (this is a Blue Flag beach), but the waves are often quite strong, so it’s not the best for swimming. But if you’re looking for a beach of stunning beauty for photos or romantic walks along the shore, this is it. At low tide you can explore a string of caves.
There’s a good restaurant right on the beach, with sea views.
The northern section of the beach usually offers enough seclusion for nudists
How to Get to Praia da Adraga
There’s no direct public transportation to this beach, but it’s between Praia da Ursa and Praia Grande, and not difficult to reach by car. It has a parking lot, but on summer days make sure you go early or you may not find a spot.
Bus 439 that departs from the Portela de Sintra terminal to Praia Grande stops in Almoçageme, which is about a 20-minute walk from the beach (the stop is called “Almoçageme Largo” -- walk all the way down Rua da Praia da Adraga from there).
Attractions by Praia da Adraga
Praia da Adraga is just a 15-minute drive from Cabo da Roca, a cape that marks the westernmost point in mainland Europe. It’s a popular pilgrimage site for tourists, who take selfies surrounded by the beauty of the natural landscape.
Hotel by Praia da Adraga
Arribas Sintra Hotel
There are no hotels right on Adraga Beach, but this one is less than a 10-minute drive to the north, on Praia Grande. It’s known for its huge seawater pool overlooking the Atlantic, on a large terrace with sun loungers. The spacious rooms have balconies with sea views.