Praia da Aguda is a wild, often deserted beach
This is a wild beach, not supervised by lifeguards. It’s reached via a long staircase down a cliff, and is mostly frequented by fishermen, naturists and dog owners (although animals are generally not allowed in Portugal’s beaches).
The beach is reached via a staircase on the cliff
Its landscape is made up of nearly-vertical cliffs and tidal pools created by algae-covered rocks. The relative seclusion invites naturists, and the Portuguese Naturist Federation lists it as an unofficial nude beach, although you’ll generally find few sunbathers in their birthday suit.
Tidal pools in Praia da Aguda
How to Get to Praia da Aguda
Take bus 441 from the Portela de Sintra terminal and get off at Azenhas do Mar. From there, walk up to Aguda (you’ll see a sign pointing to it on the coastal road), and about 15 minutes later you’ll find the steps down to the beach.
Attractions by Praia da Aguda
In addition to the picturesque village of Azenhas do Mar, you may visit Praia do Magoito, a beach found to the north, across the rocks from Aguda (about a 15-minute walk away at low tide).
Hotels by Praia da Aguda
There are no hotels in Praia da Aguda, but there are a few budget options in Praia das Maçãs nearby.