Fodor's Expert Review Costa da Caparica Beach
When Lisboetas want to go to the beach, more often than not their preferred spot is the Costa da Caparica, which is packed in summer. Formerly a fishing village, the town itself is rather lacking in charm these days, but the beachfront is lively with cafés and bars catering to a relaxed, sandy-footed clientele. You may be able to avoid the crowds by heading south toward the less accessible dunes and coves at the end of the peninsula, Each beach is different: the areas nearest Caparica are family oriented, whereas the more southerly ones tend to attract a younger crowd (there are some nudist beaches, too).Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking (fee); showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: partiers; sunset; swimming; walking.