Praia Grande
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PRAIA GRANDE

As you probably can guess from the name Praia Grande is the largest beach around these parts where a vast swathe of pristine golden sands await you. The beach is popular with locals in the area as it's easily reached by both private and public transport alike. The swell and consistent beach-break attracts surfers and bodyboarders all year round. On occasions Praia Grande hosts important national and international surfing championships. The magnificent slate cliffs on the southern end of the beach make for an impressive backdrop to the view and a great wind break. If you climb the steps to the top not only will you be treated to a magnificent view but be surprised at seemly gravity defying dinosaurs. A total of 66 footprints dating back 170 million years are imprinted almost vertically assending up the cliff. The time since Megalosaurus and Iguanodons walked here tectonic forces have uplifted and tilted the land sideways.

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Praia Grande

The beach is well equipped for families offering plenty of facilities such as cafes, bars, toilets, showers and ample parking. When the tide is out Praia Grande joins it's little brother Praia Pequena (Little beach). In between the two beaches lies one of Europes largest oceanic swimming pools which is part of the Hotel das Arribas complex. There are two pools, the 100 metre pool and a children's pool which are opened to the public in Spring and allows access to the hotels amenities. The swimming pools make a safer bathing option for younger members of the family that the Atlantic waves and the facility is always patrolled by lifeguards. Pricing varies according to the season.

Weekdays: 10h00 - 19h30, Weekends: 09h30 - 19h30.
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Contact Details
Av. Alfredo Coelho 28, 2705-329 Colares, Portugal.
38° 48' 57.6"N | 09° 28' 34.8"W | +351 939 289 050 | Website

AMENITIES

Apart from the amenities found at the hotel there are a couple of cafés and bars along back of the beach.

There are toilets and changing facilities half way along the beach.

At the Hotel das Arribas.

The are plenty of parking spaces running along the length of the beach and a car park higher up on the aproach to the beach.

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

There are disabled parking spaces next to the ramp to the beach and Hotel das Arribas.

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TRAVELLING TO PRAIA GRANDE

From Sintra take the Estrada Nacional 247 west through Colares turn right onto Rua da Mesquita after 10km.

• Scotturb buses #439 and #441 leaves from Sintra Train station to Praia Grande. Scott URB Website

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