Praia das Macas Beach Portugal
The town and beach of Praia das Macas (Apple Beach) is a solid favorite with Portuguese families. The small town is centered around a short but wide beach that extends back to a modern salt water swimming pool complex.
The town itself is charming with well maintained traditional painted houses and a lively daily market. Praia das Macas popularity originated in part to the quaint tram that connects the resort town with the historic town of Sintra high up in the hills. The beach is excellent with golden sand and very clear sea water which whips up some decent surfing/ body-boarding waves. The Praia das Macas boasts a range of good hotels and a surprisingly vibrant night life but most tourists will visit as a day trip from Sintra or Cacsais.
Travel to Praia das Macas Portugal
The best way to travel to Praia das Macas from Sintra is aboard the tram but sadly this only operates Friday to Sunday and is over crowded during the summer months, for a tourist guide about the tram please click here. Praia das Macas is 12km west of Sintra, 20km north of Cascais and 38km North west from Lisbon. There are is a bus service (441) which connect Sintra to Praia Grande and it is only a short walk to Praia das Macas. From both Lisbon and Cascais a rental car is required but there is amble parking in the town.
Activities in Praia das Macas
The large salt water swimming pool is always popular as it backs right onto the beach and is much warmer than the chilly sea. Inside the complex is the 25x50m pool is a flume sun beads and tennis courts. The whole complex is open 10:00 to 19:00.