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Praia da Ursa - Ursa Beach Hike

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Praia da Ursa - Ursa Beach Hike

When Is the Best Time 

Praia da Ursa is still a hidden gem and not overrun. The beach is not easily accessible, and the trail is not well marked. If you come here bring a picnic and enjoy this secluded beach. Praia da Ursa is not far from Cabo da Roca roughly 45 minutes to one hour hike. You can visit Ursa throughout the year though summer can be pretty hot. During winter after rain, the trail is more slippery. Continue reading to get a detailed trail description.

Ursa Beach without any crowds
We shared Ursa Beach with just two other hikers

Most pleasant seasons for this hike are spring and autumn. During spring flower carpets are along the path. During summer it's often boiling hot winter can be rainy but beautiful as well. We'd been here at each season, and except summer we always love to come back to this exceptional piece of nature.

Weather Ursa Beach and Cabo da Roca

Lisbon and the surroundings are a great travel destination throughout the year.

Spring

Fog at Praia da Ursa in Spring

Day temps in spring are pleasant almost 20°C. Nights are a bit chilly 10°-15°C. We love this season; not hot but warm and almost always sunny. Showers can occur occasionally. 

Summer

Ursa during summer boiling hot

Summer temps are around 25°C – 30°C but consider the powerful sun. July and August are the busiest months with tourists and Portuguese spending their vacation in their home country. These are the driest months of the year.

Autumn 

Autumn at Ursa; September still warm for a bath

September is a great month for Ursa; still warm but not any longer too hot, nights are cool on average 16°C. October day temps are still above 20°C and November around 18°C. Rain increases in October, however, the maximum is 80 mm in November. That’s not much. 

Winter 

Ursa Beach in winter, little cold

In winter the day temps are on average around 15°C, one-digit temps during the night. Precipitation occurs more often, but it’s rare to experience rain the entire day. We’d been here several times in December and January. Usually, you can even walk barefoot at the beach.

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Where  
Portugal, Cabo da Roca
Review and Tips 

Praia da Ursa is hidden located after Cabo da Roca. You can park your car here for free or take the “Hop on Hop off” bus from Lisbon. Depending on your fitness level you may need up to one hour to get to the beach.

Trail Description

Praia da Ursa is hidden located after Cabo da Roca. You can park your car here for free or take the “Hop on Hop off” bus from Lisbon. Depending on your fitness level you may need up to one hour to get to the beach. First walk roughly 200 m along the paved road then turn left and follow the white/red/yellow trail sign. 

Trailhead Ursa Beach

Follow the narrow walking path along the shoreline. During spring you hike between pink and yellow flower carpets. 

Hiking path along the shoreline to Ursa Beach

Enjoy the beautiful views of the sea and Cabo da Roca in the back.

Trail to Ursa Beach with Cabo da Roca in the back.

You may need 20 minutes until you get the first glimpse to this spectacular beach. Even if it is too steep and slippery for you walk at least until the first outlook. 

The first view to Ursa Beach

From now on it's steep and slippery, and hiking poles are very helpful. Just one very steep part is secured with a rope.

Helpful rope at one steep part of the trail to Ursa

This is the entire steep climb viewed from the beach.

The entire steep climb down to Ursa

This spectacular beach is usually too dangerous for swimming due to the currents. It has huge, impressive rocks and is well known for climbing. There are ladders and ropes which are used by the fishermen for a good safe position when fishing.

Ladders from fishermen at several rocks
Can you see the ladder at the second rock?

A trail from Praia Adraga to Cabo da Roca exist but is difficult to find. An alternative is to hike the trail guided with "Walk Hike Portugal". It took us 45 minutes from Cabo da Roca to Praia da Ursa. It's a steep trail but worth the effort. Be prepared well and experience one of the most fascinating beaches.

What to Bring
  • hiking poles
  • wear trainers or hiking boots
  • plenty of water and a picnic
  • sunscreen and sunhat
  • towel; sit down and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ursa
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Comments

Mar 18, 2019

The highlight of this hike will be the picnic in the wild Ursa beach. It's considered by the Michelin Guide as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and where the more daring can dive in its clear waters.

Always with the Lighthouse Roca to tell us our fate, be impressed by the mighty Atlantic waves power and how they shaped the coast in impossible ways to man.