Praia da ursa, Sintra

(4.7/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We have not heard anything about the beach before visiting Cabo da Roca and it was a unexpected discovery to see it from the top. We found the path down the hill and did not regret effort we had to sp...  more »
  • Not to be missed. To 1 kilometer from the cabo da roca fro you will find access to descend on the beach. The route can be done solely on foot with shoes. The trail is very twisty and in some places it is overlooking anything. I recommend, as soon as the path smoother ends, take the path on the left which is little easier, do not take the one on the right because it's really dangerous!
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  • Its location, a wonderful nook, worth down ... and then ... ... to this Atlantic Beach, which his name is the origin of the song in a rock that lies along the shore and that gives us the idea of a bear or a bear ... the hits today are well improved and without risks. Good to be comfortable. It is advisable to take food and water.
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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.