Difference between revisions of "Costa da Caparica"
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Costa da Caparica is in Lisbon Region.
Costa da Caparica is located near the Tagus river's mouth, near Almada, just 10km south of Lisbon. It is well known for its extensive beach - the largest contiguous beach in Portugal, spanning approximately 30 kilometres.
The town center is best avoided. Excessive and unregulated construction during the 1980's and 1990's has turned the former fishing village into a tacky tourist trap with no identity, and little is left of its former pitoresque landmarks. Head straight for the beaches just south of the town - bars and surf schools are open all year round.
As with the rest of Portugal, Portuguese is the main language in Lisbon. However, most younger people know enough English for basic communication, and it is possible to get by speaking only English. Spanish is widely understood, though few are fluent in it, and many locals will respond more readily to English than to Spanish. Nevertheless, any attempt to speak Portuguese is always appreciated, and even simple things like basic greetings will often draw smiles and encouragement from locals.
Directions from Lisbon: By car - cross the 25 de Abril bridge southwards; the first exit on the left is well signalled and will lead you straight to the town. TO return through the same bridge, you will have to pay a toll (currently 1.55 euro) By train - no direct train; when in Lisbon, in the Entrecampos area, you may catch a train that will take you across the bridge to Pragal / Almada. There, you will need to take a bus from the station to Caparica. By bus - buses to Caparica depart daily from Praça de Espanha and Praça do Areeiro