Praia da Adraga Portugal is one of the most famous beaches in the Sintra-Cascais region. The large sandy area, its wild environment and great rock formations make Adraga Beach a must-see. Discover it in photos and video.
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Praia da Adraga Beach Video
Let's start with a short video showing you the peaceful feeling of Adraga Beach (when not in peak season...):
Praia da Adraga Portugal
Praia da Adraga Portugal is a remote beach in the Sintra -Cascais National Park. It has quite a deep sandy area with soft sand.
At the south end is an arch and at the North end big black boulders cut by erosion.
The Arch of Adraga Beach Portugal
I know most photograph go to the other end of the beach for the point black rock formations (see next section), but I really fell in love with the arch. It is really close to the parking.
I love its proportion and the cut in the rocks. Some call it the Elephant rock.
Just be careful at high tide as you could be taking a picture inside when a wave comes all the way on your feet 🙁
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Praia da Adraga, best at Low tide...
Because I was limited in time and really wanted to explore Magoito Beach, I stayed on the South side of Adraga beach. But there are some great views and rock formations towards the North.
It is best at low tide to be able to explore further and get fantastic angle.
Praia da Adraga is acutally loved by photographers because of these dark rock formations. However they are not as impressive as those you can see in the Algarve region (such as on Marinha Beach or Ponta da Piedade).
As this beach is more easily accessed from Lisbon, it has become a favorite for a lot of photographers. The waves crashing on those rock formations are amazing at sunset...
But again, it is better to explore the beach at low tide. See this photo below from another photographer:
Adraga Beach Café Restaurant
Adraga Beach is still quite wild. There is only a parking with a cafe (Restaurant d'Agrada) and facilities. The next beach Praia Grande as several restaurant but less drama...
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Stunning arch, isn't is?
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