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The best beaches in Portugal: readers’ travel tips

From the best stretches of sand for families in the Algarve to the beach with a starring role in a James Bond scene, readers pick their favourite spots on Portugal’s dramatic Atlantic coastline

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It’s worth making the 12km journey from Sintra to mainland Europe’s most westerly sands to see the Atlantic breakers rolling in over Adraga beach. It is great for surfing and watching sunsets – which are even better viewed while sampling fresh clams in white wine at nearby Azenhas do Mar, a sheltered restaurant that’s built into the cliffs.
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The Portugal surf lodge riding a new wave

Does staying at a posh pad with creature comforts make you a surfing sell-out? Our writer finds out at a boutique lodge in Peniche, Portugal, that offers a different kind of surf break

There comes a time in every surfer’s life when he still thinks he’s (legendary former world champ) Kelly Slater, but it’s actually all gone a bit Nigel Slater. This thought occurs to me as I’m hoisting the bodyboard-sized caramel twirl off the top of the chocolate fondant shortly after polishing off a 40-hour-braised rump steak, cancelling all the benefits of a day’s wave-riding in one calorific wipeout.

John Malmqvist, the former Swedish national surfing champion who has provided this feast, agrees that priorities change. “When I lived on the Gold Coast in Australia, after a day’s surfing I’d have been happy to dig a hole in the sand and sleep there,” he says, “But these days, I want a nice bed.”

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