If you like to save on the money on bikini and bathing suits, here you have 13 Portuguese beaches where you can tan all over.
Praia da Ursa (Bear’s beach), Sintra – (nudism tolerated) it’s very hard to reach. After Azóia, go until Cabo da Roca. 300m before, you’ll find a small dirt road leading towards the beach, then you’ll have to walk down narrow paths, take good trekking shoes! It is named after the Rock on the sea, the locals say it look like a female bear. After the weary descent you’ll be willing to take off the clothes sticking to your body. This beach is attended by athletic nudists (only they can really reach the beach. Two important advises: be aware of the strong sea and take plenty of food and drink.
Between Lisbon and Algarve
Praia do Meco, Sesimbra – (official nudist beach) If you like to go naked, you’ll have to walk a long stretch on th e rough sandy beach southwards until you see a sign marking the beginning of the nudist area. It is common to see families covering up in the argil, as it is said to be good for your skin.
Alteirinhos, Zambugeira do Mar – (official nudist beach) very close to the beach in Zambugeira, used to be a hippie beach.
Praia do Tonel, Zambugeira do Mar – (nudism tolerated) nobody will bother you, because it’s isn’t a well know beach. Do not mistake it for the Tonel beach in Sagres, where it is not common to see naked people. On the road leading to Cabo sardão take a turning in the direction of Herdade do Touril. Behind the Resort you’ll find one of the most beautiful and wild beaches in the Alentejo coast. Be prepared to descend grabbing a rope, don’t take too much load!
Praia do Malhão, Vila Nova de Mil Fontes – (nudism tolerated) On the street connecting the Ilha do Pessegueiro to Milfontes, leave your car on the 3rd parking lot (it’s really a clearing where cars park) and look for a safe trail that takes you to the beach. Watch out for the strong sea currents here.
Praia de Adegas, Aljezur – (official nudist beach) This is the only beach with a life-guard, courtesy of Aljezur’s council. On the parking lot of Odeceixe you’ll find a trail leading there. The life-guard is the only person wearing swimming trunks!
Nus ou Praia do Salto, Porto Covo – (official nudist beach) Very difficult access, best to take the stairs of the nearby beach (Cerca Nova). One of the small luxuries available here is a sweet water shower coming down from the cliff.
Praia da Figueira, Sagres – (nudism tolerated) This lovely beach is reached through a vegetation grown path that comes from the parking area at about 500 m away. On top of the hill there are the ruins of a 16th century castle. you’ll not be able to use your cellphone, but hey you’re there for the nature, right?
Praia do Zavial, Sagres – (nudism tolerated) it was the secret of german tourists in the eighties. Accessed only by a road built by the owner of the beach’s restaurant. The nudist area is to the left, close to the rocks where you catch mussels. There is a life-gaurd in the summer and surfers like it a lot.
Ilha de Armona, Fuzeta – (nudism tolerated) Take the ferry to Ilha Armona from Fuzeta. On the island walk for about 15 minutes to the right (west). The huge sandy beach offers lovely spots to through your towel, as it doesn’t have a lot of people. It is excellent for children, the water is very clean, warm and without waves. The beach on the island is really a huge stretch of white sand, so you’ll find definitely a nice spot.
Praia do Homem Nu, Tavira – This one is an official naturism beach. You have to take the little train from Praia do Barril (2€). At the anchor cemitery from the tuna fishing times you turn right and some meters in front is the naturism area: warm water and few people. The beach is about 1500m away from the Praia do Barril.
Praia 19, Costa da Caparica – (officially nudist beach) Absolutely not recommendable, unless you are looking for some sexual activity on the dunes. The huge extension has it’s name from the train stop number. It has become a gay beach with the biggest number of flaunters and freaks.