Praia da Adraga - Caves at Adraga Beach Close to Sintra

Praia da Adraga - Caves at Adraga Beach Close to Sintra

Portugal
Portugal

When Is the Best Time

Praia da Adraga is a pristine beach and not overrun. Adraga is worth a stop for lunch and the caves when travelling to Sintra and Cabo da Roca. The beach and the restaurant are popular local spots for lunch and weekends. We always stop here for excellent seafood and a walk at the beach. In summer we went swimming, but due to the rough sea and the location north of Lisbon, the sea temp is below 20°C.

Adraga Beach at high tide
The caves are not accessible at high tide; the arch only.

The caves are accessible at low tide only and offer incredible picture opportunities. It's not a huge beach but stretches longer during low tide. Tide times Adraga Beach 

The clams called percebes stuck at the tidal rocks
These clams look like a dragon paw.

In the caves and at the rocks, you can see the typical clams called "percebes" offered in the restaurant. How do they taste? IMO a bit salty, I prefer the typical clams "ameijoas a bulhao pato"

Getting to Adraga and Parking

One of the many caves at Adraga Beach
These caves are accessible sharp at low tide.

Getting there from the main road N247 means turning left to Almoçageme. A narrow road leads through the village to Adraga, and signs indicate the route. There is a small car park close to the restaurant, always full at midday and overflow parking on a gravel patch for a small fee during summer and peak seasons. Parking was an issue during the summer and Christmas holidays; for this reason, the gravel parking was extended.

The outdoor seating from the restaurant and Adraga beach in the back
I had "sapateira" stuffed crab meat and Markus polvo as always.

If you wish to eat at the restaurant, booking is recommended. Restaurante D'Adraga is popular and offers exceptionally fresh fish. Many locals eat lunch here.

Adraga beach view back to the restaurant
The restaurant and outdoor seating to the left.

You can also sit outdoors in the summer and peak seasons on sunny days; therefore, getting a table is easier. The Portuguese prefer to sit inside. I don't know why; my Portuguese family behaves the same. Extended Parking Google Maps

Best Months to Visit

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Location and Tips

Sintra
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Although Adraga is less than one hour drive west of Lisbon located I never experienced Adraga packed with tourists in the last 15 years. Adraga Beach is a beautiful small beach during high tide and broader at low tide.

The arch rock and the beginning of the caves
High tide at Adraga - the caves are situated behind the rock.

My highlights at Adraga are the restaurant and the caves. There is a trail from Cabo da Roca along the coastline with a stop at Ursa Beach and ends at Praia da Adraga. The entire trail is not easy to find.

Adraga Beach at low tide
There is a second beach after Adraga accessible at low tide.

This picture was taken on a calm day in summer. Usually, it is windy and a jacket is needed. It's outstanding to finish your hike with a bath and meal at the famous and popular "Restaurante D'Adraga". This excellent restaurant is well known by the locals.

A look out of one of the caves at Adraga
One of the Adraga caves

Watching the crashing waves is another highlight at this magnificent beach or watching the sunset in solitude while nearby Cabo da Roca is packed with tourists.I highly recommend visiting this beach at low tide to walk into the caves and enjoy lunch or dinner with fresh seafood. A reservation is recommended. The owner and most of the waiters speak English well. Telephone: +351 21 928 0028 

View to Ursa from the cliff top walk
This is Ursa Beach

Do you wish to spend an entire day on the beautiful west coast of Portugal? Nearby is the unknown Ursa Beach. Usually, we combine Ursa Beach and Draga Beach in one day. All details for Ursa are in my additional article.

If you like to hike the entire trail from Praia da Adraga to Cabo da Roca or vice versa, contact Walk Hike Portugal. These are friends of mine; they offer excellent service.

I took all pictures. If you wish to use any, contact me.

Comments

Markus

This time we came at high tide and could spot the arch only but none of the caves. The main reason was the lunch here. We tried the grilled polvo and sapateira (crab).

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