PRAIA DO MOGOITO
Praia do Magoito has a dramatic back drop, a tall steep cliff wall which roll on off over the horizon. The large beach consists of golden sands with a sporadic scattering of rocks. It's waters are a beautiful turquoise and very rich in iodine, supposedly richer in iodine than any other beach in Europe. Access to the beach is gained on the northern side down a long sloping pavement which 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 on clear days stretches all the way to Cabo da Rocha in the distance. There are good amenities at Praia do Magoito, including a couple of restaurants, public showers and toilets. The power of the waves here attract many surfers all year round, but for the little ones it might be safer to keep to the numerous rock pools found here. Even with it's proximity to Sintra Praia do Magoito stays relatively quiet most of the time however those who do decide to come here are well rewarded by the rugged beauty of the place.