Ribeiro de Cavalo Beach, a small paradise in Sesimbra

by Nuno Madeira
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This post was last updated on January 29th, 2020 at 11:12 pm

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ribeiro de Cavalo Beach, often called Ribeira do Cavalo beach, is just over 40 km from Lisbon, in the municipality of Sesimbra, Setúbal district, and is undoubtedly a place to visit especially in the summer season.

It was once one of the few deserted beaches in Portugal but has now lost its status largely due to the proliferation of communication in the digital age.

A very similar situation happened with one of my favorite beaches, Praia da Ursa, near Cabo da Roca.

The crystal clear water with shades of green and blue surrounding the landscape will surely be the best business card for those who venture to discover this little paradise at the gates of Sesimbra, and which we easily associate with images of paradisiacal beaches like those of the Caribbean or Philippines.

However, fool those who think this is an easily accessible paradise, as this would take away the whole joke of adventure.

To reach Ribeiro de Cavalo Beach it is necessary to go through a small and rugged path, so it is advisable to wear appropriate footwear, totally advising against slippers no matter how hot it may be, not forgetting to bring enough water for hydration along the way. stay on-site because there are no beach support facilities let alone lifeguards.

The beginning of the route is just over 5 minutes by car from the center of Sesimbra. Those arriving from the center from Lisbon should then head west to the pleasure marina.

At the end of the marina area, after the Clube Naval parking lot, the tarmac road ends and begins a dirt road. It won’t take many meters to start seeing cars parked on both sides. The start of the course is marked by a sign and several oversized rocks blocking access to motor vehicles, being almost in the middle of a sharp right turn, and before starting to climb.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6982″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6983″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The first part of the trail is made without problems, through the grove, and on the left side is the intense blue sea and on the right side part of the mountain destroyed by a quarry…


As we begin to descend, we begin to glimpse the crystalline waters of green and blue, and the anxiety of diving into those waters on an intensely hot day increases, but the worst part of the route is yet to come.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6984″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]About to reach the beach, the route becomes more rugged and there is even a steep place that can be complicated for those with reduced mobility.

Remember this when scheduling the visit because whatever you carry on your back, or in your hand, will certainly make walking difficult.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6985″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6986″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]The descent, and then the climb, are eventually compensated for by this small, calm and soothing paradise.

On one side the hillside with high vertical walls, and on the other the crystal clear calm waters with only the horizon in the background, with no sign of the human hand in the landscape.

Some rocks are also part of the scenery and there is one that resembles the head of a horse, hence the name of Ribeiro de Cavalo Beach, although I couldn’t figure out which one actually resembles it.

And the mistake is that this beach is still “deserted” because in summer there is a lot of demand and there are several photos on the internet that show how much it can fill. These photos of me were taken at the end of May, so they do not show the reality of this beach in summer.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6987″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Mobile phones are unlikely to have a network at this location, which will also help you truly enjoy the location and forget what lies beyond the route you just took.

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This paradisiacal image of Ribeiro de Cavalo Beach is just missing a higher water temperature as the water is quite cold, at least for me. But those who have visited other beaches of Serra da Arrábida will already know what to expect.

Also take proper precautions because, with so much news about cliff-topping, the height and build-up of these vertical cliffs that form on the shores of the beach are somehow intimidating, so care will be little.

Finally, and as a last note, make the most of this place and as regards the rubbish you make, please respect not only others but especially the environment and bring it back for later placement in the appropriate places.

If we all take care of these places they will not cease to exist.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6988″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6989″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6990″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6991″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6992″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6993″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_single_image image=”6994″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]If you liked this article, you will also enjoy reading the article about Praia da Ursa in Sintra.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”6836″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link” link=”https://www.diariodoviajante.pt/praia-da-ursa/”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_facebook][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Coordinates and Location of Ribeiro de Cavalo Beach

Google Maps Coordinates: 38.4329563, -9.1291096 | open Google Maps

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