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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  • It's a pretty amazing thing to realize you are standing at the edge of Europe. It's windy and cool so be prepared to grab a sweater. 
  • You cannot miss it! It is a spectacular beach, breath taking ... a must see!!!
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  • The most beautiful beach on which to date were (and there were a lot of them). Actually going down hard, especially for those who are not fascinated by Aug. We were planning to go to the left of the path. At some point, it turned out that we approach from the right side. As someone wrote, we are not related to kozicami, so the opposite occurred after 2/3 way. Fortunately, we got on the path to the left. The effort paid off. What we saw was breathtaking. The beach on the set of the amphitheatre where the ocean gave theatrical. Rock art direction muskana the Sun and the gentle mist had everything. The water was exceptionally warm as November. If ever you are in Portugal, definitely we will visit this piece of paradise. Thank you to all the reviewers who recommended full of shoes. Not to be trifled with, this is the place you need to be prepared.
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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.