Azenhas do Mar has a seawater pool
This is such a small beach (it’s only 30m/100ft wide), that it nearly disappears at high tide. However, it’s in one of Portugal’s postcard locations, with a series of whitewashed houses cascading down a cliff towards the sea.
The beach has a very popular fish restaurant
There are lifeguards on duty during the bathing season, supervising the beach from the terrace of a popular restaurant open throughout the year. Below it is a seawater pool, refilled by the tide.
At high tide, most of the sandy area disappears
In the surroundings are examples of traditional Portuguese houses, some of them designed by leading 20th-century architects and featuring the typical tiled decoration on the façades.
How to Get to Azenhas do Mar
The rather infrequent bus 440 departs from the Portela de Sintra terminal and ends at Azenhas do Mar in about 25 minutes. Bus 441, whose destination is the village of Terrugem, is a more frequent service, and stops in Azenhas do Mar in about 20 minutes. The stop is right above the beach.
Attractions by Azenhas do Mar
Walk up the road from Azenhas do Mar, and you’ll see a sign pointing to Praia da Aguda, a wild beach found about 15 minutes away, down a staircase. From there it’s another 15 minutes over rocks and tidal pools to Praia do Magoito, a beach frequented by local families and surfers.
To the south of Azenhas do Mar is Sintra’s most popular beach, Praia das Maçãs, reached by walking for about 20 minutes down Avenida Luís Augusto Colares and Avenida Eugene Levy.
Hotels by Azenhas do Mar
There are no hotels in Azenhas do Mar, but there are a few budget options in Praia das Maçãs nearby.