The Beach Guide

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.

Nearest city

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Guincho Beach Weather Info

Mon 27th
Cloudy 14°C / 57°F
Tue 28th
Partly cloudy 16°C / 61°F
Wed 29th
Cloudy 14°C / 57°F
Thu 30th
Rain 15°C / 59°F
Fri 31st
Rain 15°C / 59°F
Sat 01st
Light rain 18°C / 64°F

5 Day Guincho Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

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 light07:19
    Sunrise07:48
    Sunset17:53
    Dark18:21
  • 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 light07:19
    Sunrise07:47
    Sunset17:54
    Dark18:22
  • 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 light07:18
    Sunrise07:46
    Sunset17:55
    Dark18:23
  • 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 light07:17
    Sunrise07:45
    Sunset17:56
    Dark18:24
  • 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 light07:16
    Sunrise07:44
    Sunset17:57
    Dark18:25
  • 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 light07:16
    Sunrise07:44
    Sunset17:58
    Dark18:26

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