Praia da ursa, Sintra

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View a beach of spectacular natural beauty at Praia da ursa, where thousands of years of the Atlantic's wind and waves have carved the rocks and cliffs into interesting shapes, including a huge stone in the form of a bear. Located in the Natural Park of Sintra, this piece of shoreline--Europe's westernmost beach--can be difficult to access due to the steep, rocky hill leading down to it. Once at the bottom, explore the sandy shore and blue, albeit cold, waters. Nudists favor this attraction for its hard-to-reach location. Consider delaying your visit if the weather is rainy, because the climb becomes too slippery to travel here safely. Before you head to Sintra, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Sintra travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Sintra has to offer, including Praia da ursa.
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  • The viewon top of the hill is tremendous, but make sure you have decent shoes to walk all the way down hill. Down at the beach is even more fantastic. Enjoy the beach, the rocks and the ocean.  more »
  • Having stopped in at Cabo Do Roca we took a little off road excursion down the far car park above Praia Da Ursa. Beware s standard car may take a few scrapes and knocks as the track to the far car par...  more »
  • Beautiful and quiet beach, the only problem are the hits, but a person who is physically fit can do without problems. But it's well worth it, simply spectacular
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  • This place is thousand times better than the Cape of Roca, and there are thousand times less people here. The path down is not so hard and views are fantastic, is it really worth your visit.
  • Not that bad of a trek despite reviews. In fact very meditative as you carefully mind your footsteps with fallen rocks on the path. But when you look up, you just know there's a beautiful view at the bottom as it is from top. Bring a bottle of water to drink and food if you consider spending a whole day there. Otherwise, expect 20mins down, half an hour up - depending how strong your legs are :) Dont forget to visit the waterfall!
  • JUST beautiful, almost private beach. not easy access, but it just make it better.
  • Best beach ever! What a wonderful view. The descend and climb are really worth it!
  • Worth the sometimes scary trek to experience this unique spot. Not for the faint hearted; you definitely earn the view.