Portugal has long been a firm favourite with Brits for a family holiday thanks to its hot and sunny weather, the plethora of activities on offer and, of course, the beautiful beaches.
Think fine sands perfect for lazing on, turquoise waters ideal for swimming, and some seriously spectacular backdrops that make for quite the idyllic setting.
From beautiful beaches in the Algarve to quieter havens near Lisbon, there are a few sandy beaches that stand out from the rest - and we've searched them out.
Check out our top picks of the best beaches in Portugal to bookmark for your next sunny getaway...
1. Falesia Beach, The Algarve
Falesia is often hailed as one of Portugal's best family-friendly beaches thanks to its idyllic surroundings and clear waters that are ideal for swimming.
Of course this means that during the summer months it can get quite busy, but there's a plethora of sunbeds on offer to hire, not to mention plenty of restaurants and bars, so it's ideal if you want a bit of a vibrant atmosphere.
Plus it boasts a pretty handy location in the Algarve so you're close to some of the best things to see and do in the region during your stay too!
2. Praia Marinha, Carvoeiro
The surrounding rugged coast, fine sand and crystalline waters have long established Praia Marinha as one of Portugal's most beautiful beaches.
Go exploring and you can expect to find beautiful rock formations, a plethora of picture-perfect views and ample space to make the most of the beach.
Oh, and if you visit during low seasons, you'll find the beach almost deserted if you are after somewhere peaceful.
3. Miramar, Porto
If it's a secluded beach you're after, then head to the small town of Miramar about 10km south of Porto, away from the hordes of tourists.
Here you'll find some spectacular views including large extended sand banks, roaring waves, and even a pretty chapel sitting above the wave break.
Ideal for a scenic stroll.
4. Praia de Benagil, The Algarve
The small fishing village of Benagil in the Algarve is home to this spectacular beach and its jaw-dropping rock formations.
In fact the Benagil Caves never fail to wow the visitors who flock to the shore to check out the natural phenomenon. There are plenty of hotels just a stone's throw away, but if you're staying a bit further out it's well worth booking onto a boat tour for a day's adventure.
5. Arrabida National Park, Setubal
You'd be forgiven for thinking you've ended up on a tropical island in this national park. After all, it boasts pristine white sands, deep blue waters, craggy cliffs and lush green landscapes.
Stretching approximately 108 square kilometres, there's plenty to see and do from horseback riding tours to scenic walking trails and hotspots for taking in the spectacular views. (Oh, and make sure to check out one of the dinosaur trails too!)
6. Guincho beach, Cascais
Thrill-seekers will no doubt take delight in exploring Guincho beach on Estoril's coast.
The windy conditions make this a popular hotspot for surfers, and there are nearby schools where you can take surf lessons or hire wetsuits.
In the summer the beach can get quite busy, but you won't find many sunbathing spots here - and the rough waters aren't ideal for taking a dip so if you want a lazy beach day, this may not be quite right for you.
7. Cresmina Beach
Not far from Guincho beach sits this picturesque coastal hotspot, often nicknamed 'Little Guincho' because of its proximity to the main beach.
Cresmina boasts similar conditions with roaring waves and strong winds, but it's a bit more sheltered thanks to the surrounding cliffs.
It's not a 'laze on the beach' type of place, but it is perfect for hikers and ramblers who want to take in the spectacular scenery - plus, it's often a bit quieter as the bulk of surfers prefer Guincho.
8. Praia de Rocha, The Algarve
Praia de Rocha has long been a classic destination for families who want to make the most of the sun, sea and sand during a holiday in Portugal.
The beach is child-friendly, there are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby, and the waters are ideal for taking a dip.
Total bliss for beach-goers.
9. Barril Beach , The Algarve
There are two ways to reach the beach in Barril; take the small train that takes you direct, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the footpath.
The footpath takes approximately 15 minutes each way, but you'll have ample time to take in the views of the sand dunes, mud flats and eye-catching vegetation that lines the shores.
Ideal for whiling away a few hours, there are restaurants and cafes on offer too for visitors at this nature reserve.
10. Galapos Beach, Setubal
This small beach looks like something out of paradise with its golden sands and crystal-clear waters that let you see right down to the bottom of the sea floor.
Of course, this has made it a popular spot for swimmers, as well as beach-goers who want to bask in the sunshine.
It's worth noting that it can get quite busy during the summer so it's well worth using the local shuttle service to get to and from the beach - trying to find a parking spot anywhere nearby could turn into a stressful endeavour!