Praia Grande is probably the closest, and certainly the mostly easily accessed, beach from Sintra. The name translates to “Big beach” and whilst the beach isn’t massive, it is the biggest on the Sintra – Cascais coast, rivaled only by Guincho in terms of size.
The expanse of golden sand is big enough to hold the summer crowds who flock here, many coming straight from Sintra on the tram which stops close to Praia Grande before continuing on to Praia das Macas.
The beach faces the fury of the Atlantic Ocean and provides massive waves and powerful swell that are only suitable for confident surfers and swimmers. As the name Praia Grande (Big Beach) suggests this is the largest beach of the Cascais-Sintra coastline.
At the northern end of the beach is Europe’s largest salt water swimming pool and this is ideal for families if the waves are too intense or sea to cold. The cliffs at the southern edge of the 1.5km long beach contain fossilized dinosaur foot prints. The village of Alto do Rodizio backs onto the Praia Grande, which means there are good amenities within walking distance but the beach does not have the remote or rugged feel as with other beaches along the coastline, such as the Praia de Guincho.