If you are dreaming about a white endless sandy beach and crystal clear waters in a peaceful surrounding – this might be it! This piece of Paradise is called Ribeira do Cavalo: it’s located in the Natural Park of “Arrábida”and it’s just one hour away from Lisbon.
It used to be a secret spot for the locals, where only the most adventurous explorers would go as the tracks were hidden among the vegetation. When some locals posted amazing pictures and videos of this place, 3 years ago, it became more famous since it looked like the Caribbean. Nowadays its known as one of the best wild natural beaches close to city.
The beach is divided into two sides: one with white rocks and clear water and other one with soft sand. It’s a perfect place to fully relax and disconnect, as there is no reception, therefore you can truly enjoy the moment and forget about the busy city life. What could be better than a dip in the refreshing blue sea while enjoying the sun?
Another important thing for you to know is that there are no facilities at all on the beach, so bring your own snacks and drinks!
How to get to the beach?
Take 207 or 260 bus from Praça de Espanha (blue line metro station) to Sesimbra , but do check the schedule beforehand here , because the buses don’t go there frequently.
Once you are in Sesimbra you have two options:
The first option, and the safer one, is to go there by boat. You can take a boat from “Porto de Abrigo de Sesimbra” and the ticket costs usually 10-15€ per person. The minimum is 4 persons and it can take up to 11 people. It usually goes everyday from the morning until afternoon.
Another more adventurous option is to go to the beach by foot for about 45 minutes. To make it easier, follow Google Maps to walk from Sesimbra. You will find yourself on top of the hill close to the route that takes you down to the beach. The walk is quite steep and slippery, so sneakers or good shoes are a must! Once you see a bunch of cars parked, from there you will take the path and hike for half an hour. The route is marked by signs in different colors like green, red and white. It’s always better to go there with someone who has been there before, as it’s not the easiest way, but its is manageable!
Once leaving, remember that this is a natural beach, so in order to keep this natural wonder and minimize the impact of human presence, make sure you take all the waste with you!
Have you been there? What do you think?