Praia da Ursa

Praia de Sintra

A paradise in Sintra

Praia da Ursa, a portuguese beach situated in Sintra, located in the Natural Park of Sintra is accessible from the N 247, with direction to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost tip of the European continent.
You can park on the ground next to the sign indicating "URSA" or a bit ahead if you are on an all road vehicle.
The fall to the beach is long and lillte hard but it is worth it and you will be awarded by the stunning and wild natural beauty of the 'URSA'.
It is an authentic paradise and considered one of the most beautifull beaches around the world by the Michelin guide.
Praia da Ursa is the westernmost european beach and it is a wild place with rare beauty, the result of millions of years of erosion by the power of the Atlantic Ocean.
Sharp scarps beetween cliffs, waterfalls, a small beach and many rocks brought by the sea provide an almost inexhaustible source of stunning images and beautifull landscapes.
The beach owes its name to the huge stone in form of a bear, side by side with another rock formation named Giant.
With about 50 meters long, the beach is gorgeus but is short on space at high tide.
During low tide, you can explore the city of Palaia, the South, attended by barnacle pickers and to the north, the Fishing Shelter.
Due to the difficulties of access, this beach is attended mostly by nudists. The walk is not easy, especially in return, but well worth the effort.

Down hill, the walk can take 10 to 15 minutes. A bit more for the ones with no experience. The easier and best way to acess it is by the dirt track located in the south from the Cabo da Roca Road.The hill of the cliff is really hard to come down, recommended only for experienced hikers.
It is not recomended to go to this beach on rainy days, is a steep terrain with sandy and slippery areas, it is very irregular and prone to slipping.