Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

Ursa Beach

See the magnificent rock formation, said to resemble a bear, which gives this beautiful and unspoiled sandy beach its name.

Ursa Beach, meaning Bear Beach in English, is a wild, undeveloped stretch of sand on Portugal’s Atlantic coast. Stroll along the sands and watch the waves crash just off the shore. Examine the two sea stacks at the northern end of the beach and try to see their resemblance to a bear.

This small but stunning beach is a hidden gem in the Sintra region. Yet it’s a sight very few tourists get to see. Make the effort to get to this isolated beach and you will be rewarded with some of the most stunning views in the region. 

The beach is known for its fine sands, clear blue waters and striking rock formations. Gaze up at the sheer rock cliffs surrounding the sands. Be on alert for falling rocks, which occasionally break off from the cliffs. Of particular note is the Rocha da Ursa at the northern end, which is said to resemble a bear with its cub. 

Stroll across the sand and admire the superb views. The beach is entirely natural, with no development or facilities visible in the surrounding area. Ursa Beach is an unofficial “clothing optional” beach, so don’t be surprised if you see nude sunbathers. Avoid swimming here as the currents and waves can be dangerous and no lifeguards patrol the site.

Find Ursa Beach on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, just north of Cape Roca, the most westerly point in continental Europe. Accessing the beach can be a little tricky and should only be attempted by experienced hikers. Be prepared to make your way down a steep, rocky trail to reach the sands. Wear sturdy footwear, watch out for loose rocks en route and avoid attempting the descent in wet weather. 

No public transportation stops directly here. To get here ride a bus from Sintra to Cape Roca and walk to Ursa Beach from there.


Guide to Exploring Ursa Beach


Map

Top Hotel Deals

See all 1,408 properties near Ursa Beach
Casa do Moinho, Villa With a Heated Covered Pool Near the Beach in Sintra,
Casa do Moinho, Villa With a Heated Covered Pool Near the Beach in Sintra,

Casa do Moinho, Villa With a Heated Covered Pool Near the Beach in Sintra,

Sintra, Colares -Sintra
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Sintra villa is located on the waterfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Ursa Beach and Adraga Beach. Grande Beach is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

    Arribas Sintra Hotel £57
    Arribas Sintra Hotel

    Arribas Sintra Hotel

    Avenida Alfredo Coelho 28, Praia Grande, Colares, Sintra
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Sintra hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grande Beach and Adraga Beach. Monserrate Palace and Sintra National Palace are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Villa With 3 Bedrooms in Ulgueira, With Wonderful sea View, Private Pool, Enclosed Garden - 2 km From the Beach £1,162
      Villa With 3 Bedrooms in Ulgueira, With Wonderful sea View, Private Pool, Enclosed Garden - 2 km From the Beach

      Villa With 3 Bedrooms in Ulgueira, With Wonderful sea View, Private Pool, Enclosed Garden - 2 km From the Beach

      Rua do Moinho 8, Sintra
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Sintra, this golf villa is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Ursa Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Grande Beach. Cape Roca and Adrenunes Dolmen are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Beautiful Villa With Swimming-pool £1,097
        Beautiful Villa With Swimming-pool

        Beautiful Villa With Swimming-pool

        Rua do Moinho 8, Sintra
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this resort is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) from Ursa Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Grande Beach. Cape Roca and Adrenunes Dolmen are also within 2 miles (3 km).

          CheckinCheckout - Refúgio da Adraga
          CheckinCheckout - Refúgio da Adraga

          CheckinCheckout - Refúgio da Adraga

          Estrada da Bica 8, Sintra
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Adraga Beach and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Grande Beach. Ursa Beach and Cape Roca are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Portugal 100227 3 Bedroom Villa By Mo Rentals £955
            Portugal 100227 3 Bedroom Villa By Mo Rentals

            Portugal 100227 3 Bedroom Villa By Mo Rentals

            N247, Sintra
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Sintra, this villa is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Ursa Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Grande Beach. Adraga Beach and Adrenunes Dolmen are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              102900 - Villa in Sintra £849
              102900 - Villa in Sintra

              102900 - Villa in Sintra

              Calle Largo do Moinho, Sintra
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Sintra, this villa is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Ursa Beach and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Grande Beach. Adraga Beach and Adrenunes Dolmen are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Casa da Pedra With a Private Heated Swimming Pool and Near the Beach
                Casa da Pedra With a Private Heated Swimming Pool and Near the Beach

                Casa da Pedra With a Private Heated Swimming Pool and Near the Beach

                Largo do Moinho, 8, Ulgueira, Sintra
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this romantic holiday home is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Adraga Beach and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Grande Beach. Ursa Beach and Adrenunes Dolmen are also within 3 miles (5 km).