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9 places to take a deep breath

Present in certain foods, such as fish, seaweed, legumes and dairy products, iodine is also found in sea water, so a trip to one of the Portuguese beaches with more iodine It is an excellent opportunity to combine leisure and health.

After all, inhaling the sea breeze from beaches with high levels of this micronutrient also contributes to its contribution and, consequently, to the good thyroid function.

So, putting your feet in the warm sand and taking a deep breath in the breeze that blows can be great for your health. Who never did?

There has long been talk of the powerful effect that the iodine you breathe by the sea has on the body, incapable of producing this trace element necessary for the synthesis of thyroid hormones and in deficit in about 13% of the world’s population.

Discover here the 9 Portuguese beaches with the most iodine in Portuguese lands, where the charm of the landscape is also a certainty, and hit the road!

This is one of the Portuguese beaches with the most iodine. Located in the north of Portugal, in Viana do Castelo, Praia do Moledo is a place of unique landscapes, where the Atlantic breeze that often runs brings with it high levels of iodine.

The beach, from where you can see the small island that houses the Fort of Ínsua, is part of a beautiful natural setting that includes the Galician hill of Santa Tecla and the dense Mata do Camarido.

Praia da Apúlia, much sought after by holidaymakers from different parts of the country and the globe, is a setting of unparalleled beauty, populated by windmills and shacks linked to the exploitation of sargasso.

These, mounted on the dunes, which were once used to store the harvesting tools, are now reminiscent of what was one of the most important agro-maritime activities in Puglia.

Among the reasons for visiting this beach in Esposende, in addition to the therapeutic effects resulting from the significant presence of iodine, are the excellent conditions for practicing different sea sports and the proximity of different bars to enjoy a drink or a drink. snack at sunset.


Washers (Vila Nova de Gaia)

With huge rocks and healing properties, this is the closest beach to the center of Gaia, where many families spread out on the sand on sunny days.

For the more active, the suggestion is to take a walk along the 23 kilometer walkway that will take you to the landscapes of Espinho.


Aguda (Vila Nova de Gaia)

With a vast sandy beach and dunes from which vegetation peeps, Aguda is traditionally a fishermen’s beach where, today, there are many surfers who take advantage of the strong swell to merge with the sea as far as the eye can see.

For a beach experience with an educational interest as well, we suggest a visit to the Estação Litoral da Aguda, located next to the beach and which houses a Fishing Museum and an Aquarium.

In the municipality of Mafra, there are several – and for all tastes – beaches that stretch along the eleven kilometers of coastline, the largest of which is located in the picturesque fishing village of Ericeira, a paradise not only for surfing but also for iodine.

Pescadores, Coxos and Ribeira d’Ilhas beaches, a cathedral for surfers from all over the world, are some of the beaches that will offer you moments that are hard to forget.

Integrated in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Magoito beach has several interesting features from the point of view of the landscape and the fauna and flora found there, in addition to the interesting concentration of iodine.

It is located between Aguda beach (in Sintra, not to be confused with Aguda de Vila Nova de Gaia) and Gerebele beach and the pedestrian access – suitable for people with reduced mobility and baby strollers – is on a giant consolidated dune, considered one of the most important natural treasures of the municipality.

Known and sought after for the particular exposure of the sun’s rays on its sand, combined with the high concentration of iodine, Praia de Paredes was once prescribed by doctors due to its healing properties.

It is a beach with good access and, although not the best place for a dip (due to the large number of rocks), guarantees moments of leisure and well-being.


Vale Figueiras (Aljezur)

Perched on the Costa Vicentina, the beach at Vale de Figueiras is a place of difficult access that is in every way worth the effort.

After traveling a five kilometer section on tarmac and dirt, you will find an untouched and wild landscape, where you can relax and absorb iodine and, of course, lots of Vitamin D.

The list of Lusitanian beaches rich in iodine is already extensive – and just as well. We now head south, with the suggestion of a visit to one of the most protected beaches on the Algarve coast – Praia da Fuseta –, located on the island of Armona, between the Ria Formosa and the ocean.

The connection between the beach and the village is made by boat, in the meandering channels flanked by mudflats and marshes. With calm and crystalline waters, it is the ideal place to rest your body and mind when in the south of the country.

Other Portuguese beaches rich in iodine:

  • Cabedelo beachin the municipality of Figueira da Foz.
  • Consolação beach, Baleal beach in the municipality of Peniche.
  • Paço Carreço beachin Viana do Castelo.
  • Santo Andre beach, Salgueira Beach, Round Beachin Póvoa do Varzim.

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