Figueira da Foz is on a wide, sandy beach, on a site first occupied by the Lusitanians. In July and August, the beach is usually packed body to body. Those who don't like sand and surf can swim in a pool sandwiched between the Grande Hotel da Figueira and the Estalagem da Piscina on the main esplanade.

You can also trek into the Serra da Boa Viagem, a range of hills whose summit is a favorite vantage point for photographers and sightseers. Bullfights are popular in season; the old-style bullring operates from mid-July to September.

Near Figueira da Foz, the Quiaios Lakes are ideal for sailing and windsurfing. (For information, contact the tourist office in Figueira da Foz.) Another good center for windsurfing is the bay at Buarcos, adjoining Figueira da Foz. You can rent most windsurfing equipment at kiosks right on the beaches.

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