Costa da Caparica Portugal

The Costa da Caparica is the stunning coastline that extends for over 30km along the western edge of the Setubal Peninsular. This beautiful region is formed of vast sandy beaches, powerful seas and beautiful natural scenery. The northern end of the region is more developed and is focused around the resort town of Costa da Caparica, which is easily accessible from Lisbon by public transport.

The town of Costa da Caparica is a popular holiday destination with the Portuguese who flock here during the summer months, but this wonderful region is almost unknown by foreign tourists. The Portuguese adore the Costa da Caparica as it provides amazing beaches, great restaurants and a buzzing nightlife.

beach of Costa da Caparica

The beach of Costa da Caparica

The Costa da Caparica makes for a fantastic holiday destination, combining the best of a beach holiday and city break, with day trips to vibrant Lisbon. For those visitors based in Lisbon, the Costa da Caparica coastline has some of the best beaches of the region and is less than a 30 minute bus ride away. This guide will provide an introduction to the Costa da Caparica.

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The Costa da Caparica as viewed from the sky

Why Visit the Costa da Caparica?

This exceptional beach is Europe’s longest continuous sandy shoreline and, as facing the powerful Atlantic Ocean, is a paradise for sun worshipers and water sport junkies alike. The northern edge of the Costa da Caparica is busy during the summer months as Lisbon’s population descends to the golden sands by day or the numerous bars and clubs during the night. The coastline becomes less developed (and thus less crowded) the further south that you travel.

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The average weather of Costa da Caparica

For those tourists with their own transport will find the final third of Costa da Caparica lies with the Arriba Fóssil da Costa nature reserve and whole vast sections of the beach remain deserted even during the summer months. The stunning and varied area of Costa da Caparica can be easily visited as part of any short break or holiday to Lisbon. For a guide on traveling to Costa da Caparica from Lisbon please click here.

beach Costa da Caparica

The Costa da Caparica

The resort town of Costa da Caparica

The town of Costa da Caparica appears as a typical Mediterranean beach resort with large white washed hotels and apartment blocks but the area is focused towards Lisbon’s residence more than international travelers. This means prices are reasonable while the atmosphere is family orientated and more relaxed.

hotel Costa da Caparica

A modern hotel of Costa da Caparica

Costa da Caparica is referred to as a city but it only has a permanent population of just over 13,000 and was only designated as a city in December 2004. There are much better resort towns in Portugal but the city of Costa da Caparica is less than 20km from Lisbon airport and is situated on the northern end of Europe’s largest beaches.

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