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Azenhas do Mar

Azenhas do Mar Sintra.

The picturesque seaside village of Azenhas do Mar (lit. "Watermills of the Sea") tumbles down the cliffs on the Atlantic Coast in the municipality of Sintra.

Originally a fishing port, the village has become a popular place for wealthy Lisboetas to build second homes.


There are several beaches nearby. These include Praia das Maçãs, Praia da Aguda, and Praia do Magoito. Surfing is big here and Praia Grande is the main surfing beach, 5 km to the south. There is also a sea pool if you wish to avoid the rough waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

The nearby village of Colares is also known for its fine wines. Visit Adega Regional de Colares to purchase the only wine in Europe that survived the phylloxera plague of the 19th century.

Access - Getting There

Buses (#441) from Sintra to Azenhas do Mar take about 40 minutes. By car, the journey can be less than 20 minutes depending on traffic.

Cabo da Roca is a 20-minute drive south on the N247.


Sintra has a wider choice of places to stay but in and around Azenhas do Mar try bed and breakfast at Azenhas do Mar Valley House. Another option is an apartment at Azenhas do Mar West Coast Design and Surf Villas. In addition, Casa das Azenhas by Lisbon Village Apartments comes well recommended with two double rooms and a double sofa bed in the living room.

Azenhas do Mar, Sintra.

More on Sintra

Castle of the Moors

Quinta da Regaleira

Lisbon Palaces

Sintra Map

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