The Praia da Torre beach is a small beach that is situated along the Lisbon coastline close to the town of Oeiras. The beach has a dramatic surrounding as the western edge is bound by the massive Santo Juliao Bara fort while the eastern side backs on the marina and fishing harbour.
To the rear of the harbour is a popular ocean swimming pool, with safe waters for children and high diving boards for the more adventurous. There are two good restaurants/bars directly behind the beach, the Restaurant Torre Mar and the bar Luar Da Barra, which is housed in a converted railway carriage. Generally the Praia da Torre is a better beach than the larger Praia Santo Amaro but for those who wish to surf or body board head to the beach at Carcavelos.
During the summer season there is a lifeguard on duty but the waters here are calmer and safer than the other beaches close by. The Praia da Torre beach lies on the tidal mouth of the Tagus estuary, meaning that the main source of the water comes from the Rio Tejo but is sufficiently mixed with the ocean currents to be safe to bath in. The water quality is significantly better than Praia Santo Amaro and Oeiras council are quick to act if quality drops.
The Praia da Torre is over looked by the São Julião da Barra Fort
The Piscing Oceanica, the ocean swimming pool is fed by the high tide waters and is always much warmer than the freezing seas. The complex is less than 200m from the Praia da Torre beach and is a great place for children and teenagers. There is no entrance fee and one of the main attractions are the high diving boards.
The Praia da Torre beach is possibly one of the least accessible beaches along the Lisbon-Cascais coastline, the nearest train station serves the town of Oeiras and not the beach. The walk is not difficult and is well signed but takes approximately 15-20 minutes from Oeiras train station. Praia da Torre and Oeiras require a zone 3 train ticket and a single costs €1.85/€095 (adult/child).
The beach is best reached by car and the main car park directly exits from the N6 main road. There is one small and one medium size car parks but if both are full then the beach is probably too crowded. The car parking is by machine (or smartphone payment) and costs €0.85, €1.95 and €3.25 (1, 3 and 5 hours) and is applicable 8:00-20:00 every day.
There is an enjoyable short walk that connects the Praia da Torre with the town and beach of Santo Amaro. This 2.5km walk follows the coastline and passes the harbour, the ocean swimming pool, the small Santo Amaro fort before curving around to the golden sands of Santo Amaro.
The Santo Juliao Bara fort dominates the western edge of the Praia da Torre beach. The fort stands on a natural headland and the outer wall envelopes part of the beach with small riffle towers directed to the beach. The fort is a functioning garrison and is unfortunately of limits to visitors. On the opposite side of the fort is Carcavelos beach, the largest and most popular beach along the Lisbon coastline. The Praia da Torre beach overlooks the Torre do Bugio lighthouse and fort which stands far out to sea in the centre of the Tejo mouth. This small fort, in conjunction with the Santo Juliao Bara fort were designed to protect Lisbon for coastal attack.