Portugal has a total of more than 890 kms of some of the most pristine beaches and as such living near these coastal regions can be very popular.
The long and beautiful coastline of Portugal faces the Atlantic ocean which bring welcome cool breezes in the summer. The beaches are mostly accessible with pristine white sandy beaches and outside of the summer holidays July/August you will find them mostly empty, even on the most beautiful of days.
Some of the popular areas along the coast are Viana do Castelo in the North, a hive of tradition and culture with many cultural events throughout the year. Moving south there are the beaches around Porto and across the river Duoro, these are very popular with locals and tourists alike and of course close to all the amenities that Portugal's second largest city has to offer. Moving down the coast there are numerous magical areas Aveiro being one of them, the town itself is called the Venice of Portual as it is set out on a number of canals. However there are no beaches here but a short distance away is a very popular beach area, so if you're looking to combine charm and beaches this is an interesting area. Further south is the interesting town of Figueiro do Foz, this is a port town and is a busy hub for the area, the town sits on the river Mondego and within reach of Coimbra. Again running down the coast from here down to Leiria (which is not on the coast but the next largest town) there are numorous villages all with charm and facilities. From here down the coast the next big town is Caldas da Rainha and again this city is not on the beach but a charming town within short reach of the beaches of Nazaré, Saõ Martinho do Porto, Foz do Arelho, Obidos and Peniche (famous for surfing). From here we travel further south again along a pine lined coastal region to the mouth of the river Tagus (Tejo) on which Lisbon sits. Along this coastal region you are within easy reach of Lisbon and this is a highly popular region in Portugal. Across the river lies Costa da Caparica, again popular for it's proximity to Lisbon. Running South again there are some charming villages and towns leading to the natural reserve of Setúbal and the city which is full of charm and history. The beaches south of here are pristine and less populated all the way down to the Algarve where the coastline turns East into the Mediterranean and the busy international towns and citys along here.
While there is a charm about living on the coastal areas the inland areas often present better value and are within easy reach of the beaches and should not be overlooked.
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