Praia do Ouro is known for its shallow and calm waters
The “Golden Beach” is the main beach in the center of Sesimbra. It stretches from the port to a 17th-century fort, which separates it from Praia da Califórnia. It’s a favorite destination for the people of Lisbon on weekends, and, due to its shallow, clean and calm waters, it’s known as one of the most family-friendly beaches in Portugal. It can be quite crowded in the summer.
Wicker parasols and loungers are placed on the sand in the bathing season
It’s protected from the wind by the slopes of the Arrábida Natural Park, and behind it is the maze of narrow streets of the old fishing town. On the promenade are seafood restaurants open throughout the year, most with outdoor seating facing the beach.
A 17th-century fort stands on the eastern side of the beach
How to Get to Praia do Ouro
Praia do Ouro can be reached from just about anywhere in Sesimbra
All roads in Sesimbra lead to the waterfront, so you’ll end up at this beach even when you’re not looking for it. To get to Sesimbra from Lisbon, take bus 207 of the TST company, which departs from the Sete Rios terminal (about 10 times a day on weekdays and only 5 times on weekends). There are no trains to Sesimbra, so this bus is your only public transportation option. It terminates on Avenida da Liberdade, a central avenue that leads to the fort and the beach.
If you’re driving, cross 25 de Abril Bridge and follow the A2 highway and then road N378 to Sesimbra (the journey takes 40 minutes).
Hotels on Praia do Ouro
Hotel do Mar
Built on a hillside overlooking Praia do Ouro, this hotel has ocean views from just about everywhere, from the rooms with balconies to the restaurant and the outdoor swimming pool (there’s also an indoor pool).
SANA Sesimbra Hotel
Located on the promenade, this 4-star hotel allows you to wake up to the sound of the ocean. Most rooms have a balcony and sea view, and there’s also a rooftop bar and pool overlooking the bay.