Praia do Magoito hasn't yet been discovered by tourists
Accessed through a ramp, this beach is a destination for those living in the Sintra region, and has yet to be discovered by tourists. It’s way off the beaten path, but offers a scenery of consolidated dunes classified as geomonuments, as they were found to contain archaeological traces of human activity from the Paleolithic era. The almost-vertical cliffs also reveal sedimentary rock formed millions of years ago, when the sea level was much higher than today.
Praia do Magoito is popular with young local surfers
Its waves invite surfers, but it’s mostly families that you’ll see on the sand. There’s a restaurant overlooking the beach (on a clear day you can see as far as Cabo da Roca), which remains open outside the official bathing season.
Praia do Magoito seen from the top of the ramp that leads down to the sand
The beach is also known for its iodine-rich waters, and for an annual Good Friday tradition, when locals come looking for mussels.
How to Get to Praia do Magoito
Bus 444 departs from the Portela de Sintra terminal close to the center of Sintra, and ends at Praia do Magoito in 25 minutes. It’s a rather infrequent service, departing around every 60 to 90 minutes.
If you’re driving, there’s a parking lot right above the beach, behind the bus stop.
You can also walk from Azenhas do Mar and Praia da Aguda (see below).
Attractions by Praia do Magoito
Walk south over the rocks (at low tide) for about 15 minutes, and you reach Praia da Aguda, a wild beach mostly frequented by fishermen and naturists. From there, take the steps up to the road, which leads to the picturesque village of Azenhas do Mar (another 15-minute walk away).