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. See Praia da ursa and all Sintra has to offer by arranging your trip with our Sintra online trip builder .
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  • A very nice panorama with great rock formations. The water was very fresh in August, but the ambient compensated.
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  • It takes 15 to 20 minutes to walk down to the beach via a small path, but the views are astonishing during the walk and once on the beach. A diversity of people, hippies, families, nudists, a.o. all e...  more »
  • From Sintra drive to Cabo da Roca. Just before getting there you will find a sign and parkinglot on your right. You can walk or drive up to the point from where you have to go down. We found the way d...  more »
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  • Breathtaking! That's beautiful view!
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  • Magnificent, a show that leaves you speechless, a beach as a few. Not very crowded due to the difficulty to access it solely through winding paths and rough terrain. Worth going if you switch to Cabo da Roca.
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  • Uma descida bastante acentuada e escorregadia pelo meio da falésia, acessível apenas a pessoas com boa mobilidade. Mar revolto e pouco convidativo a banhos durante a maré cheia. Os rochedos dão a beleza à praia num ambiente liberal e descontraído.
  • Fantastic beach, visited in October. I was the only one to enjoy this spectacle of nature. If you go to cabo da Roca you can't see it!
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Where to stay in Sintra

For quick and easy access to Sintra's array of authentic buildings and historical sites, stay in the town's World Heritage-listed center perched atop a hill. By staying in the midst of the action, you'll be within walking distance of most of the town's main sights and you'll avoid the challenging parking situation that day-trippers and those staying further outside of the city face. For a real authentic experience, check into one of the many small boutique hotels, guesthouses, or hostels tucked in among the city's winding streets and 19th-century architecture, many of which sit high on the rugged slope near the national palace in mainly residential areas.
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