Walking to Baleeira Beach, Sesimbra, Portugal

With a sea landscape as my backdrop, walking to Baleeira Beach, offering the possibility of a swim in the ocean – it couldn’t be better.

This stroll provided me with an excellent photo opportunity and a much-needed distraction from my usual affairs.

Praia da Baleeira, situated between Sesimbra and Cabo Espichel, Portugal, is often touted as one of the secret beaches in the area.

While not exactly a secret, its somewhat elusive access means it remains relatively uncrowded.

Although the walk described here could be considerably shortened, the aim was also to propose a morning walk option.

Walking to Baleeira Beach
Walking to Baleeira Beach

Start at Espiga coffee shop

Park your car near the Espiga coffee shop at the entrance of Casais da Azóia.

Here, you can indulge in regional delicacies alongside the traditional Farinha Torrada cake. 

Fresh bread is always available, making it an ideal spot for a pre-walk coffee.

The suggested trail to and from the beach forms a semi-circle, utilizing both circular paths and the initial trail for the return journey.

Initially, you’ll traverse a dirt road passing by houses before encountering a footpath and denser vegetation as you approach the sloping beach access.

Be cautious: the trail becomes steeper in this area, requiring careful footing due to its technical nature.

It’s strongly advised to wear boots for better ankle support, as downhill sections feature gravel that can be challenging with walking shoes.

Additionally, bring sandals for swimming, as the beach consists of pebbles rather than sand.

One of the beach’s notable advantages is its southern orientation, providing shelter from northern winds.

Walking to Baleeira Beach details

– Length: 5,5Km
– Elevation gain/loss: 220m (to both ways)
– Kind of terrain: dirt and gravel
– Average duration: 2 hours non-stop

Baleeira Beach walk map
Baleeira Beach walk map

If you want to embark on this adventure and others like it, you can contact me through my company, Iberactive.

Have fun,
David Monteiro