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 http://www.tsuldotejo.pt/
If you feel like a break from surfing, Lisbon is less than half an hour away. By car, just cross the 25 de Abril bridge. Buses take you to Alcantara and Praça de Espanha (153 bus) or to Areeiro (161 bus). You can combine the bus (183 to Trafaria) and the ferry, to get to Belém. For something unusual, there is a rent-a-bike place within walking distance of the flat. You can cycle to Trafaria, and board the ferry to Belém, where cycling is ideal to get you to downtown Lisbon (Baixa). http://www.transtejo.pt
Costa de Caparica is a perfect base for those looking for surfing on the spectacular Costa da Caparica coast, just across the river from Lisbon.
There is amazing white sandy beaches that stretch over 30km, ready to be explored.
Costa da Caparica is a surfer's heaven. From perfect point-breaks to fun and fast beach-breaks you find it all here. Breaks in a small swell and will hold good size.
There are several surf schools in the vicinity, as well as cafés, restaurants (great for seafood!), supermarkets, a chemist and bars galore. Language should not be a problem as most people know enough English for basic communication.
Along the beaches there is train "TRANSPRAIA" (first train 09.00H, last train 19.00H, every 1/2 hour). From Costa de Caparica to Praia da Riviera, one way €2,50, return €4,50. From Costa de Caparica to Fonte da Telha, one way €4,50, return €7,50 (between 4 and 10 years old, half ticket).