Praia do Magoito
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PRAIA DO MOGOITO

Praia do Magoito has a dramatic backdrop, a tall cliff wall that rolls over the horizon. The large beach consists of golden sands with a sporadic scattering of rocks. Its waters are a beautiful turquoise colour and rich in iodine, supposedly richer in iodine than any other beach in Europe. Access to the beach is on the northern side down a long sloping pavement that follows a line of protected ancient fossilised dunes ending where the Mata stream empties onto the sands. The path leading to the beach starts just off from the village of Magoito. It's worth pausing at the top to admire the view which stretches to Cabo da Rocha in the distance on clear days. There are good amenities at Praia do Magoito, including a couple of restaurants, public showers and toilets. The power of the waves here attracts many surfers year-round. Little ones might be safer to keep to the numerous rock pools found here. Even with its proximity to Sintra Praia do Magoito stays relatively quiet most of the time. Those who do decide to come here are rewarded by the rugged beauty of the area.

AMENITIES

There a couple of restaurants at the top of the path to the beach: the Marisqueira Duna Mar serves a range of different dishes, and the Maria Buxinha serves typical Portuguese cuisine. More eateries can be found in Magoito village itself.

There is a toilet block on the beach.

The showers are on the beach.

Can get full during busy periods.

The beach is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer season (May to mid-October).

There are disabled parking spaces at the entrance to the car park close to the ramp to the beach.

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TRAVELLING TO PRAIA DO MAGOITO

Head north on Av. Heliodoro Salgado/N249 towards R. Tomé de Barros Queirós and pick up the Estrada do Magoito in Casal da Granja for seven miles (11km).

• Scotturb bus #444 leaves from Sintra Train station to Praia das Maçãs. Scott URB Website