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Sea sports in Lisboa

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Sea sports in Lisboa

Set on the waters of the Tagus estuary, Lisbon has many kilometres of fine beaches within easy reach.
In the immediate vicinity of Lisbon are some of its most popular beaches.

Carcavelos is the first one you’ll find, its waves and sea breezes attracting body boarders, surfers and kite-surfers alike.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Sintra and the Cascais Natural Park, is the wind swept beach of Guincho, regularly home to European championship windsurfing and surfing events. For those wishing to test the waters, boards are for hire with lessons also available. Hang-gliding off the cliff face is also popular.

The Sintra coastline has a great deal to offer. There is Praia Grande, another great centre for windsurfing and body boarding, with a track record of hosting world-class events. It also attracts fishermen and gourmets making weekend pilgrimages in search of the freshest fish and shellfish.

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Lisbon, a city of contrasts

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Lisbon, a city of contrasts

Filmed, sung and described by artists and visitors from all over the world, the famous light of Lisbon is the best guide to understanding this city of contrasts.

It is impossible to discuss Lisbon for any length of time without someone making the comment – “ahhh, the Lisbon light…” And hardly surprisingly.

Lisbon was founded over 20 centuries ago, built on hills along the banks of the river Tagus, as it approaches the Atlantic ocean. Beyond the brightness characteristic of these latitudes, Lisbon has long benefits from plays on light and shadow.

Encouraged throughout centuries of architecture, this is reflected in the often extremely narrow streets winding their way up and down the riverfront hills, establishing the borders of historical neighbourhoods each with their respective traditions and styles.

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Lisbon, capital of Portugal

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Lisbon, capital of Portugal

Lisbon is the Atlantic capital, blessed with natural beauty and steeped in fascinating history. Lisbon is the only European capital with Atlantic beaches.

Take the train along the north bank of the Tagus estuary and you’ll discover mile after mile of golden sandy beaches. At the end of the line the beaches of Estoril and Cascais are home to a number of royal castles – a stunning legacy of the times when the kings of Portugal spent their summers here.

Continue further and the coast turns westwards – be sure not to miss the truly breath-taking Atlantic sunsets.

Meanwhile Europe’s largest beach is on Lisbon’s doorstep.

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