best portuguese river beaches
Photo: Portuguese River Beaches, credits to Aldeias de Portugal

Crashing, freezing waves not really your thing? Fed up of salty skin and sand that finds its way into everything? Looking for an affordable way to cool off this summer? Portuguese River Beaches could be the perfect solution.

Portugal is not all about the sea. Overlooking rustic landscapes, rocks and vegetation that stretches as far as the eye can see, and river beaches offer a refreshing alternative for a swim in natural surroundings.

Portuguese river beaches and dams offer a refreshing alternative for a swim in natural surroundings and they are scattered all over Portugal.  This kind of natural setting for bathing led to a more relaxed environment than there is at the real beach. Some of these beaches are actually unknown for the mass population. And some of them are popular. Both way, in those places you can enjoy peace, nature and a good swim in clean water.

So, if you fancy an altogether easier day at the beach where you can relax and enjoy the water free from annoyances, check out our suggestions for you:


Larim River Beach, Amarante, North Portugal

15 years ago a group of young people came together to energize a space next to the Carneiro river, in Gondar, Amarante. Today the river beach of Larim is a popular location in the summer months. This beach has a lot of space to practice some beach sports and is served with recreational area and bar.

It’s certainly a great place to spend some time in family or to have fun with your friends in this crystal clear water.

Just 20 minutes away from this Portuguese river beach you have the Solar Egas Moniz. With a cozy ambient, lovely decoration an authentic helpful people, you can enjoy a pleasant stay at this rural house.
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Photo: Solar Egas Moniz


Senhora da Piedade River Beach, Center Portugal

This natural river beach is located in a beautiful place characterized by the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade and the Castle of Lousã. The beach and the surrounding has numerous nooks to rest, eat lunch or dream about the legends of Princess Peralta.

In Lousã, you can stay at Palácio da Lousã. It’s the first Boutique Hotel located in a emblazoned building of the XVIII century, classified as Historical Heritage.

Last but not the least, don’t miss out the Aldeias do Xisto (Schist Villages) up on the mountains and the beautifully build XVII century manors spread across the Lousã village.
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Photo: Palácio da Lousã


Natural Pool from Portagem, Sever River, South Portugal

Castelo de Vide is a beautiful town from Alentejo located on the hillside of the São Mamede Mountain, a place that is full of beauty. And so is Portagem (Marvão), a village bathed by the river Sever. This river forms a natural pool between two bridges pleasant to take a bath and next to a picnic area, a playground or a fitness circuit.

To spend the night next to this beautiful natural pool, we have two beautiful hotels at your service: Quinta das Lavandas, Quinta do Marvão and Quinta da Dourada. These are traditional, charming guesthouses with all the commodities to a pleasurable stay, with a prime location for those who love nature.
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Photo: Quinta das Lavandas, Quinta do Marvão and Quinta da Dourada