Holidays to Sesmarias serve up the best of the Algarve, with golden beaches, scrummy food and famous sights close at hand.

Limestone backdrop

Sesmarias sits on one the most idyllic stretches of Portugal's cliffy southern coastline, with plenty of picturesque beaches at its feet. It's a very small town, so most of the bars and restaurants are within easy walking distance. If you're after something a little more lively, Albufeira's just a 10-minute drive away.

Sea and sights

There's a lot to see in nearby Albufeira itself, but you can also take a boat tour from the marina to explore the Algarve coast at large – and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins. A little farther at a 30-minute drive away, historic Silves – with its Moorish castle and stately cathedral – is a culture-lover's dream.

Walk this way

The cliffs here aren't just pretty to look at – they also make a handy walkway. Hit the dusty trails at sunrise to avoid the midday heat, and reward yourself with a dip at one of the many secluded beaches you'll find along the way.

At a Glance

  • Sample Portuguese cuisine at a family-run restaurant
  • Inspect the famous cliff formations with a coastal boat tour
  • Relax on a sunlounger at the sandy local beach