Bathers entering the water

Swimmers near Lisbon brave traditional new year's sea dip

Every January 1, dozens of Lisbon residents meet for the first swim of the year on Carcavelos beach -- a way to chase away "bad energy" and "starting the year with a new lease of life", according to the bathers.

Every January 1, dozens of Lisbon residents meet for the first swim of the year on Carcavelos beach -- a way to chase away "bad energy" and "starting the year with a new lease of life", according to the bathers.