Guincho Beach (Praia do Guincho)
Guincho beach, near Cascais, is not what many people imagine when thinking of the archetypal Portuguese beach. Despite being within an hour of the capital, Lisbon, Guincho has a wild desolate feel. Well, except for the summer months when it doesn’t!
This wide stretch of fine, golden sand sits in the shadow of the forested hills of Sintra, one of Portugal’s most beautiful towns. To the north are high cliffs with Portugal’s (and continental Europe’s) most westerly point, the rugged Cabo da Roca, only a few kilometers beyond. This goes some way to explaining why Guincho can feel so exposed to both the wind and powerful Atlantic swells.
Whilst this might not make it ideal for swimming all year round it does make it a popular spot with surfers, windsurfers and kite-surfers.
If Guincho feels strangely familiar yet you have never visited the beach this could be due to its cinematic heritage. Not only does the beach feature in countless car commercials but it was used in the opening scene of the 1969 James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
There is virtually no development around Guincho beach with the oldest, and only significant building, the Forteleza do Guincho. This 17th century fortress is now a premium 5 star hotel and Michelin Starred restaurant with stunning views from its cliff top position overlooking the beach.
At the far end of the beach is a completely different experience, the Bar do Guincho. A “barefoot beach bar” this wooden shack is well known for its laid back vibe and great seafood.
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Guincho Beach Weather Info
Mon 27th14°C / 57°F
Tue 28th16°C / 61°F
Wed 29th14°C / 57°F
Thu 30th15°C / 59°F
Fri 31st15°C / 59°F
Sat 01st18°C / 64°F
5 Day Guincho Beach UV Index
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Average Water Temp
Guincho Beach tide times & sea state
Mon 27/01 »
Surf report for Mon 27/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 6ft 13s 17mph 12:00 8ft 12s 21mph 18:00 8ft 12s 16mph Tide times High 3:59am (3.35m) Low 10:09am (0.85m) High 4:21pm (3.06m) Low 10:12pm (0.95m) Daylight First light 07:19 Sunrise 07:48 Sunset 17:53 Dark 18:21
Tue 28/01 »
Surf report for Tue 28/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 9ft 15s 13mph 12:00 11ft 15s 15mph 18:00 11ft 15s 12mph Tide times High 4:33am (3.29m) Low 10:42am (0.92m) High 4:54pm (3.00m) Low 10:45pm (1.03m) Daylight First light 07:19 Sunrise 07:47 Sunset 17:54 Dark 18:22
Wed 29/01 »
Surf report for Wed 29/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 11ft 15s 15mph 12:00 11ft 16s 16mph 18:00 11ft 15s 14mph Tide times High 5:07am (3.19m) Low 11:16am (1.02m) High 5:29pm (2.91m) Low 11:20pm (1.13m) Daylight First light 07:18 Sunrise 07:46 Sunset 17:55 Dark 18:23
Thu 30/01 »
Surf report for Thu 30/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 9ft 14s 14mph 12:00 9ft 13s 17mph 18:00 8ft 11s 12mph Tide times High 5:42am (3.06m) Low 11:51am (1.14m) High 6:05pm (2.81m) Low 11:57pm (1.25m) Daylight First light 07:17 Sunrise 07:45 Sunset 17:56 Dark 18:24
Fri 31/01 »
Surf report for Fri 31/01 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 7ft 10s 10mph 12:00 6ft 10s 13mph 18:00 5ft 10s 10mph Tide times High 6:21am (2.93m) Low 12:30pm (1.26m) High 6:47pm (2.71m) Daylight First light 07:16 Sunrise 07:44 Sunset 17:57 Dark 18:25
Sat 01/02 »
Surf report for Sat 01/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 5ft 17s 6mph 12:00 6ft 16s 11mph 18:00 7ft 14s 9mph Tide times Low 12:41am (1.37m) High 7:05am (2.79m) Low 1:17pm (1.38m) High 7:38pm (2.63m) Daylight First light 07:16 Sunrise 07:44 Sunset 17:58 Dark 18:26