Guincho Beach (Praia do Guincho) Cascais
Praia do Guincho beach is a fantastic surfing beach that is situated on the edge of the beautiful Serra de Sintra National Park. Guincho is by far the best beach along the Lisbon- Cascais coastline, while the limited public transport and distance from the resort towns ensures that there is always plenty of space to be found.
Guincho beach, unlike most of the other beaches of Cascais, faces a westerly direction and the might of the Atlantic Ocean, which makes the beach ideal for body boarding, surfing, kite surfing and wind surfing. One of the factors that makes Guincho great for water sports is the almost constant breeze but this means it less desirable for sun seekers or families. The Praia do Guincho is an outstanding beach and well worth the effort to travel too.
The Guincho Beach
Travel to Praia do Guincho and Tourist information
Guincho Beach is 6km north-west of the resort town of Cascais. For visitors who will be travelling to the beach by public transport there is a regular and inexpensive bus service that connects Cascais bus station to the Praia do Guincho. The two bus services (405 and 415 ) follow the same route but travel in either a clockwise or anticlockwise direction.
During daylight hours there is one departure of each service every hour, so there is a bus every 30 minutes to the beach. The journey time is 25 minutes and a single ticket cost 2.25 with the ticket purchased from the bus driver. For those visitors travelling from Lisbon catch the train to Cascais and then take the bus to Guincho. Cascais bus station is in the large shopping mall Cascais Villa less than a 200m walk from the train station.
At Guincho there are good amenities including public showers, beach bars and restaurants. There is plenty of car parking at the beach and driving is easiest method to travel to the beach. To drive to Guincho from Cascais follow the coastal N247 west out of the town.
Further Information for Praia do Guincho Cascais
The sea is always very cold and comes as a shock to many tourists new to the region. The difference between the winter low temperature and the summer high is only 2°C (17-19 °C). If planning a visit during early spring or late autumn consider bringing a thin wet suit as the sea temperature can be surprisingly sapping and tiring. The majority of the day will be spent with onshore breeze but the ferocious Atlantic Ocean still produces some large waves. For extended off shore winds plan to visit during December. The beach is the location for the Portuguese National Surfing and Body Boarding Championships and has appeared on the wind surfing world championship circuit.
Guincho Beach has a shoreline of approximately 800 meters and this means that there is plenty of space even in during the summer months. While other beaches to the east of Cascais become dangerously crowded in the sea there is always ample room to surf at Guincho.
The northern side of the Praia do Guincho has favourable conditions for wind and kite surfers while the southern side is more suited for surfers. The beach has a constant breeze, which blows from the sea side in the summer months. The waves and currents can be very strong and are suitable for only competent swimmer. This means that Praia do Guincho is not really suited for families or young children. There is lifeguard supervision in the summer season.
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