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Exploring Sesmarias and Praia da Coelha

Exploring Sesmarias and Praia da Coelha

The Algarve village resort of Sesmarias lies within the municipality of Albufeira, approximately 51 km distance of Faro and easily reached with car rental from Faro Airport via the motorway, heading towards Albufeira, which lies to the west of Faro. Sesmarias makes for a lovely day trip destination on a sunny spring day.

The "Beach of Rabbits", or Praia da Coelha, is located to the south of Sesmarias. It comprises of a narrow stretch of pristine white sands and a small cove encircled by imposing cliffs. Visitors can leave their rental car from Faro Airport in a car park and follow a footpath that leads to the Blue Flag beach. It is a short but pleasant walk that takes walkers through olive and Bamboo groves, past a cluster of Carob trees and finally to a paved ramp with wooden steps that take them down the cliffs and into the cove.

Praia da Coelha is beautifully situated, just over 6 km to the west of Albufeira Old Town. A convenient raised boardwalk runs along the western part of the beach, where a small beach bar and restaurant provide day trippers and summer tourists with refreshments. Here beachgoers will also find showers and toilet facilities.

Parts of the cliffs are prone to erosion and rock fall, making it dangerous to camp or sunbathe below the cliffs, but the setting of the cove is so lovely and the waters are so crystal clear that this is a great spot for an afternoon's walk.

This area boasts several lovely beaches, including beaches at Evaristo, Salgados, São Rafael and Galé, which are all within walking distance of Praia da Coelha. Salgados is a favourite with golfers thanks to the resort's 18-hole golf course.

Nature enthusiasts also like this area, for Salgados boasts a nature reserve with trails and a lovely lagoon just perfect for bird watching and water colour painting. The cliff walks along this stretch of the Algarve coast are quite spectacular, but not too taxing on the legs - perfect for families with children.

Families like this part of the Algarve, because it is just a 5 km drive to Guia and the famous family amusement park and zoo.

Sesmarias is also close to the resort town of Carvoeiro, which lies ca. 67 km distance from Faro, a 45-minute trip with car hire from Faro Airport.
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