Surfers heading out to the breaks off Praia do Guincho.

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Praia do Guincho

Top choice in Cascais

The long, wild Praia do Guincho is a surfer's and windsurfer's paradise (the site of previous World Surfing Championships) with massive crashing rollers. The strong undertow can be dangerous for swimmers and novice surfers – and prepare for wind!

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