Praia do Meco - Costa da Caparica
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Praia do Meco is our favorite beach at Costa da Caparica. It's always worth to visit. Even during winter temps are often pleasant around 14°C - 18°C. Summer; July and August are super busy and quite hot. May, September, and October are the very best months regarding the temperature and the crowds. It's sunny, quiet, and fewer people visit the beach. Be careful with the currents; sometimes heavy waves occur.
Where to Eat at Praia do Meco
Both available restaurants are awesome, but we prefer the Onda Azul Restaurant. They offer great Polvo salad, amêijoas à bulhão pato (mussels with coriander - bigger and better from April until September) and fresh fish grilled. During the low season (winter), the restaurant is open at weekends only.
Costa da Caparica is a 30 km coastline of sandy beaches. You can visit this marvelous beach throughout the year but if possible avoid the beach from mid-June to August. It is very popular for the Lisboans and tourists as well. However, Praia do Meco is not too close to Lisbon therefore quieter. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and walk along the beach for hours. A trail is leading on top of the dunes direction Cabo Espichel. When it ends just walk down to the beach and back.
If you are lucky you can watch the fishermen doing their work in the evening. Have a look at the old and charming fishing boats. In January and February, the beaches are full of clams.
Where to Park the Car
There are plenty of parking spaces. The closest takes a fee of 2 Euros and the first ones 1 Euro for the entire stay. Though it can get pretty full during summer.