You will understand just by looking at the map that there are a lot of beaches on the Portuguese coast and many remain hidden because they are sometimes still wild. But I made a selection to help you in your discovery of the Portuguese beaches (some photos are from my Instagram accounts and others I never posted in social media):
Praia do Paraíso (Carvoeiro – Faro), it’s aptly named because it’s one of the paradisiacal beaches of the south and less crowded (apart from July/August there is nobody or almost).
Praia dos Coelhos (Serra da Arrábida – Setúbal), is a very beautiful beach but the access is closed to cars during the summer season and due to its difficult access, is always less frequented than Figueirinha for example, especially during the week.
Praia da Cacela Velha (Cacela Velha – Vila Real de Santo António), a small village in the south (near Spain) from where you can have a magnificent view of this beach.
Praia da Estaquinha (Lagoa), a nice Algarve beach linked by caves to a little more known, Albandeira.
Praia da Amália (Breijão – Odemira), you can’t forget the coast of Alentejo, which has beautiful beaches too. This one is particular, its name comes from the fado singer Amália Rodrigues who went there frequently. A small sinuous path leads us to this beautiful beach away from the crowds.
Praia dos Buizinhos (Porto Covo – Sines), to continue in the region of Alentejo, just amazing !
Praia dos Pinheiros (Lagos), a small hidden beach of Algarve, in the middle of great beaches like praia do Camilo and Ponta da Piedade.
Praia do Banco do Cavalinho, is one of the best hidden beaches in Ericeira. There is a trail that can be done by foot from Ribeira d’Ilhas or by car. There are several small and isolated beaches in the area, but you have to be careful with the rising sea, sometimes you can’t stay on the sand.
Praia do Valmitão (Ribamar – Lourinhã), that’s what I call a DESERT beach. Quite different from others and nobody sometimes.
Praia da Foz (Sesimbra), many beautiful beaches in this area. Isolated, is ideal but there is also near praia das Bicas which is stunning. I recommend exploring the Sesimbra area after Ribeira do Cavalo beach. You will find pretty coves and amazing hidden beaches !