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The Praia de Santo Amaro de Oeiras is the main beach of Oeiras and is a beautiful sandy bay that opens out on the mouth of the Tejo Estuary.
Oeiras beach is one of the first decent beaches close to Lisbon, which means it can get very busy in the summer, especially at the weekends. The Praia de Santo Amaro tends to attract a younger age of visitor, with overly excited Portuguese teenagers and twentysomethings, but there is always an equal number of families and older couples.
Oeiras beach may be busy in the summer but it is a wonderful golden sandy beach
The Praia de Santo Amaro de Oeiras is a good beach if you are on holiday near Oeiras or are wanting a simple trip from Lisbon. The beach is served by a regular train service, and the journey is only 24 minutes from central Lisbon.
There are more scenic and larger beaches further to the west of the Lisbon coastline, but Oeiras beach is ideal if you just want to relax and bask under the glorious Portuguese weather.
Looking eastwards over the Oeiras bay
The Praia de Santo Amaro de Oeiras is a sandy beach that extends from the São João das Maias fort in the east to the Ribeira da Largo (a small stream) to the west. The beach has a shoreline of 720m meters, but most visitors tend to congregate at the centre close to the O Amarelo beach bar.
Oeiras beach is one of the most sheltered along the Lisbon coastline, and there are no strong currents or waves, which make it suitable for families. During the summer, the beach is also supervised by lifeguards.
The calm seawaters make Oeiras beach a good place for sea activities
The Praia de Santo Amaro lies within the water flow of the Tejo Estuary, and the waters are partially mixed with the Atlantic Ocean. The water quality at Praia de Santo Amaro is regularly monitored by Oeiras council, and is safe for swimming. The water is fine for splashing around but if you want to spend significant time in the water, consider beaches past the mouth of the Tejo Estuary (which is at the Praia da Torre 1.5km further down the coastline).
On the beach, there is the O Amarelo beach restaurant/bar, and during the summer, there are a couple of pop-up bars. On the opposite side of the busy N6 road is a McDonalds and shop at the petrol station. The town of Oeiras with its many restaurants, is only a short walk from the beach.
Oeiras beach is a good beach, but there are better beaches in the surrounding region. There is certainly nothing wrong with Oeiras beach, having beautiful golden sands and a lively atmosphere, but if this is your first day trip to a beach, then there are certainly better beaches to visit. We would recommend Carcavelos beach or Cascais for a pretty resort town.
Outside of the hectic summer months it is a very good beach to visit
The Passeio Marítimo de Oeiras is a scenic coastline footpath and cycle path. In a westerly direction, it leads to the Praia de Carcavelos, while to the east it extends to the Praia de Caxias. Both directions are equally enjoyable and pass lots of interesting sights.
To the east is the Paço de Arcos beach, the pretty fishing harbour at Praia Velha and the Forte de São Bruno on Caxias beach. The westerly route has more tourist development, and passes Oeiras marina, the Santo Amaro do Areeiro fort, Torre beach and the massive Forte de São Julião da Barra before ending at Carcavelos beach.
This is a very scenic footpath and highly recommend if you enjoy walking.
The charming Praia Velha beach and village
The Passeio Marítimo de Oeiras as it weavers around the Santo Amaro do Areeiro fort
Oeiras beach is served by the Lisbon-Cascais urban railway, which departs from the Cais de Sordre train station in Lisbon. This train station is connected to the green metro line. The closest station to Oeiras beach is called “Santo Amaro” while the “Oeiras” station is in the centre of the town and a 500m walk to the beach.
The train fare is a “three-zone” ticket which costs €1.55/€1.00 (adult/child), and the ticket is charged to the Viva Viagem card (€0.50), the re-usable ticket used on all of Lisbon’s public transport. The journey from Lisbon to Oeiras takes 24minutes, and there are up to four departures every hour.
Car parking is very limited at the beach, and it is easier to park closer to the town.
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