The Other Lisbon Coast

Carvalhal Beach

When people talk about beaches in Lisbon they usually mean the coast immediately west of the city center which are the towns of Cascais and Estoril. For most locals they also mean the long stretch of sand that is Costa da Caparica south of the city. But further south is a lesser known and more upscale paradise. It’s the Troia Peninsula, still relatively secret because it doesn’t cater to mass tourism. It’s also a more recently-developed area, complete with a landmark design hotel and other newer accommodation choices, golf courses and even a casino.
The waters are calm and clean, and there’s lots of sand with plenty of space to spread your towel. All around you is pristine natural beauty and not very far into the Atlantic is a natural habitat of dolphins which you may observe on a boat trip.
All of it is just about one hour south of Lisbon. The main beaches are Comporta and Carvalhal by the village of Grândola. They’re two of the few that remain completely wild, preserving their natural vegetation and fowl. You’ll still see several storks and their nests, and feel the fresh scent of pine trees.
But you don’t even have to look for Comporta or Carvalhal, since all around the main resort areas of Troia is fine, soft sand. The weather is usually sunny and mild or warm from late April to early October.
If you’re coming to Lisbon with peace and relaxation in mind, Troia is an alternative to Cascais or Algarve and is just a short trip away. You can find accommodation here: Troia (Grandola) Hotels

Troia Design Hotel

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