Lagoa de Albufeira has the waters of a lagoon and the sea
Not to be confused with the famous resort town in Algarve (“albufeira” simply means “reservoir” in Portuguese), this is a rather unique beach as it has a lagoon connected to the Atlantic.
Lagoa de Albufeira is a large beach with soft sand
It’s quite a large beach, with soft sand, offering plenty of space for everyone, with dunes as far as the eye can see. The calm water of the lagoon attracts families, but the waves of the ocean are for surfers and bodyboarders.
The point where the lagoon meets the sea
The beach is part of the National Eco Reserve, so it’s popular with hikers and birdwatchers. However, it’s not exactly wild and remote, as it has cafés and restaurants by the parking lot, right on the beachfront. It’s about 25 minutes from the center of Sesimbra, but is not easy to get to by public transportation.
The shallow waters in a large part of the beach make it a child-friendly destination
As it reaches the Atlantic, the 3.7km/2.3 miles-long lagoon has shallow waters, but it’s 15 meters deep at one point, making it Portugal’s deepest lagoon. It also has strong currents in winter, so swimming is not recommended outside the official bathing season in the summer. It is, however, quite a peaceful place, and was even where the Portuguese king went to meditate in the 19th century.
The strong waves of the ocean attract surfers
How to Get to Lagoa de Albufeira
Bus 240 of the TST company links Sesimbra to Lagoa de Albufeira, but it’s so infrequent, it can’t be recommended -- there are just two daily departures at inconvenient times (both in the afternoon)! So you’ll have to go by car -- it takes 25 minutes, following road N378 out of Sesimbra and then N379, which blends into N377.
To reach Sesimbra from Lisbon, cross 25 de Abril Bridge and follow highway A8 and road N378 (the journey takes about 40 minutes).
Hotels by Lagoa de Albufeira
There are no hotels by Lagoa de Albufeira, but there’s a number of villas where you may stay: Villas in Lagoa de Albufeira