New Rules For Portugal’s Beaches

Rules for beaches in Portugal - Covid-19 // Warmrental

Are you planning a trip to the beach? Before you go, it is important that you know the new beach rules due to Covid-19. These guidelines apply to all beaches in the country: North, Cascais Line, Vicentine Coast, Algarve, etc. in order to ensure your safety and of those around you while enjoying our stunning coastline. So, to keep you informed, Warmrental shares with you the new rules for Portugal’s beaches access according to the General Health Directorate.

Related: 10 Algarve Beaches That Will Blow You Away

Before you go..

Check the turnout to the beach you want to visit because now, beaches have an occupancy limit for the safety of their swimmers. Therefore, consult the InfoPraia app or the APA website.

State of occupancy:

The occupancy status is announced using traffic lights:

  • Green: low occupation
  • Yellow: high occupation
  • Red: full occupation


Parking is prohibited outside designated parking areas.

General obligations for users:

  • Avoid beaches with high or full occupation;
  • Disinfect your hands at arrival and regularly;
  • Keep social distance in the sand and in the sea.

Circulation rules:

Unique direction of circulation, with a social distance of 2 meters.

General beach rules:

  • Social distance of 2 meters between people who are not part of the same group;
  • 3 meters spacing between parasols;
  • Sports activities with 2 or more people are prohibited (except nautical activities, surf lessons, and similar sports, up to 5 participants per instructor).

Parasols and tents/huts:

Each person or group can only rent in the morning (until 13:30) or in the afternoon (from 14:00):

  • maximum of 5 people per awning, thatch or tent;
  • 3 meters spacing between awnings and stems;
  • 2 meters spacing between the boundaries of the tents.


The use of shared boats, slides, or indoor showers is prohibited.

A few suggestions…

Portugal has a fantastic coastline full of stunning beaches to discover. In times of social distance, give preference to long beaches, such as Caminha Beach, Figueira da Foz Beach, Foz do Arelho, Infante Beach, Comporta Beach, Falésia Beach, Monte Gordo Beach, and Rocha Beach, among others.

Related: The Ultimate Guide To Where To Stay In The Algarve

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