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 17th15°C / 59°F
Tue 18th13°C / 55°F
Wed 19th14°C / 57°F
Thu 20th16°C / 61°F
Fri 21st17°C / 63°F
Sat 22nd19°C / 66°F
5 Day Guincho Beach UV Index
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Guincho Beach tide times & sea state
Mon 17/02 »
Surf report for Mon 17/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 14ft 15s 11mph 12:00 16ft 17s 20mph 18:00 17ft 18s 21mph Tide times Low 3:11am (1.36m) High 9:30am (2.75m) Low 3:53pm (1.39m) High 10:13pm (2.78m) Daylight First light 06:59 Sunrise 07:26 Sunset 18:16 Dark 18:44
Tue 18/02 »
Surf report for Tue 18/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 16ft 17s 26mph 12:00 15ft 16s 27mph 18:00 14ft 15s 30mph Tide times Low 4:43am (1.35m) High 10:57am (2.71m) Low 5:12pm (1.37m) High 11:30pm (2.87m) Daylight First light 06:58 Sunrise 07:25 Sunset 18:18 Dark 18:45
Wed 19/02 »
Surf report for Wed 19/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 11ft 14s 16mph 12:00 9ft 14s 12mph 18:00 9ft 13s 14mph Tide times Low 5:57am (1.24m) High 12:09pm (2.79m) Low 6:15pm (1.28m) Daylight First light 06:57 Sunrise 07:24 Sunset 18:19 Dark 18:46
Thu 20/02 »
Surf report for Thu 20/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 7ft 13s 8mph 12:00 7ft 13s 15mph 18:00 8ft 12s 25mph Tide times High 12:30am (3.01m) Low 6:52am (1.09m) High 1:04pm (2.90m) Low 7:03pm (1.16m) Daylight First light 06:56 Sunrise 07:23 Sunset 18:20 Dark 18:47
Fri 21/02 »
Surf report for Fri 21/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 12ft 13s 22mph 12:00 10ft 12s 17mph 18:00 9ft 12s 19mph Tide times High 1:18am (3.16m) Low 7:36am (0.97m) High 1:46pm (3.01m) Low 7:43pm (1.04m) Daylight First light 06:54 Sunrise 07:21 Sunset 18:21 Dark 18:48
Sat 22/02 »
Surf report for Sat 22/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 6:00 9ft 15s 13mph 12:00 8ft 14s 12mph 18:00 8ft 15s 14mph Tide times High 1:58am (3.28m) Low 8:12am (0.87m) High 2:22pm (3.10m) Low 8:18pm (0.95m) Daylight First light 06:53 Sunrise 07:20 Sunset 18:22 Dark 18:49