THIS is the most photogenic beach in the world. Agree?

Praia Da Adraga
(Image credit: Getty)

Looking to combine your wanderlust with your love of landscapes, seascapes, sunset shots and beach photography? Then you might want to check out Europe's Praia Da Adraga, which has just topped a list of the world's most photogenic beaches. 

The Portuguese beach, which holds a 4.5-star rating on Trip Advisor, is located near Almoçageme in the ultra-touristy Sintra area. However, it is hard to reach by public transport and it is situated within a national park – which means that it is free from tourist development and is only reachable by car (and the car park is tiny), making it a pristine part of Serra de Sintra.

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The cove is surrounded by black volcanic rock cliffs, provided highly photogenic shape, texture and form that is complemented by the often dramatic waves (though there's no need to worry about surfers in your shot, as they typically head north to Praia Grande).  

Such is its preserved natural beauty that it was the first choice in a list of the world's five most photogenic beaches in an article on Fstoppers, by travel photographer and YouTuber Michael Breitung. 

"I've visited Praia da Adraga multiple times during three visits to Portugal over the past 11 years," he says. "I can't get enough of it. The reason for that is not only the dramatic cliffs and spectacular sea stacks that line the length of this beach. What draws me back is its changing nature.

"If you visit this beach during the winter months, it can look different every day. In 2011, during my first visit, the beach lost more than one meter of elevation during the week I spent in the area. At first, it was a sandy beach with only the largest sea stacks sticking out of the sand. Until the end of the week, wind and water had uncovered rocks everywhere.

"Because of that, it's possible to come up with slightly different compositions during nearly every visit."

To check out some of Breitung's images of Adraga, and to see his other top-five picks (including beaches everywhere from Australia to Costa Rica), read the story on Fstoppers – and also check out his brilliant YouTube channel

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.