Praia da Ursa - Ursa Beach Hike
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Follow the narrow walking path along the shoreline. During spring you hike between pink and yellow flower carpets.
Enjoy the beautiful views of the sea and 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.
From now on it's steep and slippery, and hiking poles are very helpful. Just the final very steep part is secured with a rope.
This is the entire steep climb viewed from the beach.
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.
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