Away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, Costa da Caparica is a low-key neighborhood that lies on the other side of the 25 de Abril Bridge, 30 minutes south of Lisbon. With a cluster of concrete flat blocks and low-slung Cali-style houses, the town is positioned along a golden shoreline that stretches for miles with thick Atlantic waves beating down on its beaches.
The neighborhood has recently leveled-up its offerings for remote workers. 10cowork, is a comfortable shared office just ten minutes away from the beach, towards Almada. While Dr. Bernard has a colorful coworking space in the Centro Comercial Oceano, with surf and lunch packages. The same group operates a large beachfront venue, and the stylish module has ample seating looking over the waves. Just watch the loud music during the late afternoon. Koa, a delicious brunch spot, is also worker-friendly.
Directly underneath Dr. Bernard lies a golden stretch of beach, peopled by sunbathers in every season. Skateboarders and rollerbladers are welcome on the large stretch of promenade, alongside runners who stop off at the free calisthenics park by Praia do Tarquinio. Surfing classes are easy to come by: Caparica Surf School, Evolution Surf, and SurfLab have set up shop along the shoreline.
Don’t expect tiny plates in Caparica, because the food is geared towards the famished surf crowd. Local Mexican joint Huracán is the area’s best-kept secret where tasty tacos and well-stuffed burritos are on offer. The rustic O Mercado is small but mighty, in terms of diverse and well-cooked dishes, while the healthy Surfin Bowls and Coffee delivers aesthetically-pleasing and delicious vegetarian bowls.
Depending on the season, you can walk from the Nova Praia beach along Caparica’s coastline, or take a small train run by Transpraia in summer, toward Fonte da Telha beach. The pristine stretch of coastal dunes is just a short rideshare away from the main town. Don’t be put off by the odd nudist seeking a solitary spot, as on your way back to Caparica you can stop off at Praia do Castelo, and book a table at Irmão. Called the 'place of happiness', it is an exquisite bohemian beach venue serving large pizzas and sea views. Alternatively, Praia Princesa is a glamorous white-washed restaurant channeling Ibiza-vibes with its excellent seafood. You can go to watch the sunset on a daybed and stay for late-night music and dancing.
A Lisbon-based writer and researcher with her work featured in BBC Travel and SUITCASE Magazine. She never leaves a city without visiting a flea market first.
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