Beautiful beaches and plenty of sun: these are two of the main reasons why visitors flock to the stylish town of Sesmarias on the Algarve coast. Sesmarias' location, directly on the beach, makes it an ideal choice for those looking to book an aquatic holiday. Another advantage to booking a holiday rental in Sesmarias is its proximity to the bigger, more bustling towns of Albufeira and Vilamoura. HomeAway has holiday rental homes and villas in Sesmarias available, from a Sesmarias self-catering located near the beach with a fully equipped kitchen to a luxurious Sesmarias villa with a swimming pool and terrific view.
Albufeira is a mere three miles from Sesmarias and is a must-see for anyone visiting the area. For those looking to stay closer to the action, HomeAway also has many comfortable rental options in the Albufeira Old Town and near the famous Sao Joao strip. HomeAway also offers a selection of comfortable rental accommodations in nearby Faro, located about 30 miles from Sesmarias.
Praia de Sao Rafael:
Praia de Sao Rafael is the main beach near Sesmarias. It is known for its soft, golden sand and crystal clear waters. Limestone formations in the cliffs offer a beautiful backdrop. The beach is family friendly and wheelchair accessible. There is also a café on the beach for drinks and snacks.
Albufeira Old Town:
The Old Town of Albufeira is located just three miles from Sesmarias. Cobblestone streets that wind their way up the hillside are dotted with cafés, restaurants and shops. The Clock Tower is a popular stop; the views from the top are stunning.
For those looking to party the night – or day – away, the famous Albufeira strip is essential. Countless themed bars, diverse restaurants and busy clubs line the vibrant strip. Many of these locations are open well into the wee hours.
The scenic town of Gale is less than two miles from Sesmarias. Its orange groves, vineyards, olive and fig trees add to the town's laid-back feel. There is also a beach, the Praia de Gale, that is popular with tourists and locals.
The Algarve region is known for its numerous beautiful golf courses. Golf enthusiasts can choose any one of 35 distinctive courses, most of which offer great views of the coast. The courses closest to Sesmarias are Balaia, Salgados and Pine Cliffs. Tee times can be booked online or over the phone.
The Algarve Shopping Centre:
This large shopping complex is found near the town of Guia, about four miles from Sesmarias. It makes for a nice way to spend a day out of the reach of the sun. Visitors can shop at over 100 stores and there is also a cinema and a large food court.
Sesmarias, like the rest of the Algarve region, enjoys a warm climate the whole year round. Temperatures in July and August average about 28-30°C. The days are sunny and rainfall is rare, with warm temperatures extending well into late September and October. Winters are pleasant and mild; temperatures average around 15°C most of the season. Rain is most prevalent in December and February.
The best way to reach Sesmarias is to first fly to Faro International Airport (FAO). Flights are available from just about every major city in the UK and continental Europe. From the airport, it takes about 45 minutes via car to reach Sesmarias, located 30 miles away. The drive is simple and scenic along the A22 or N125. The closest bus terminal is in Albufeira. Buses run between Faro city centre and Albufeira and up-to-date timetables are available online.