Located southwest of Setúbal peninsula, the municipality of Sesimbra is integrated in the Lisbon Metropolitan area. The area covered extends from the lagoa de Albufeira to Serra da Arrábida. Human occupation makes us back a million years, when the first hominids from Africa arrived. Over time, the County was subjected to various hardships, in particular with the Napoleonic conquest, responsible for the destruction of the liturgical heritage, of the various churches and chapels and the civil war of 11834-1836, which contributed to the demise of several coastal military points. In the late 19TH century, early 20th century, with the affirmation of its fishing harbour and the development of the canning industry, Sesimbra was the target of some economic progress. Currently, the economy of the municipality is based essentially on agriculture, livestock, fishing, extractive industries and manufacturing industries, electricity and hospitality. The beaches are undoubtedly those which invite, in the bathing season, the number of tourists visiting the village. However, the architectural and natural heritage of great magnificence contributes to Sesimbra is worth visiting at any time of the year. The Castle, classified as a national monument, the Cabo Espichel with their huge cliffs on a mighty sea and his imposing promontory, make this place one of the most beautiful of the peninsular coast.
Where to eat in Sesimbra
Author, Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A restaurant with panoramic sea views that serves mainly fish and shellfish. Kind, effective servic…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
Restaurant opened in 2005, overlooking the Bay of "Beautiful Piscósa". The decor is rustic, with mo…
The Mequinhu's serves a unique dish: the "4 barros". It has four different ingredients (fried cuttl…
What to do in Sesimbra
Castelo de Sesimbra
The castle still maintains two fundamental elements of the medieval fortresses: the "Cerca da Vila" and the "Alcáçova" that still as the dongeon. On the walls one can see the doors that led to the old small town: the Sun Gate and the Azóia Gate.
Forte do Cavalo
Also named Fortress of Saint Teodósio, as a tribute to a prince, it has an irregular poligonal plan. The precinct is separated from the road by a high, irregular wall. One can still see, on one side, a part of the primimitive wall with a portal.Inside, it has a cylinder shaped tower with a balcony.
Pegadas de Dinossauros
The first Cove North of the lighthouse, at the mouth of the great tit, there are numerous trails of footprints of dinosaurs (round-shaped). Looking carefully you can see the mark of the rectangular tail. The trail begins in what is now the bed of the Atlantic Ocean and follows the escarpment top.
Farol do Cabo Espichel
The construction of the Cape Espichel lighthouse, dating back to 1790, is linked to the first attempt of lighting up the Portuguese shoreline (known as the "dark coasts" by the British sailsmen until the second half of the 18th century). The lighting system was changed only in 1883. From then on, ther were several changes made in order to improve …
Forte de Santiago de Sesimbra
An imposing fortress that still has the divisions for the quarters, the cisterns, the residencee of the governor, the dungeons and the private chapel. It has four baluarts (two higer and two lower) with canon places and cylinder shaped watchtowers.
One of the most famous capes in Portugal. From its cliffs ojne can view the Setúbal peninsula (to the south) and all the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean (to the west). The human mark in the area can be seen in the Memória Hermitage, the Church of Our Lady of the Cape (18th century) and the lighthouse. A grandiose landscape …
Estação Arqueológica da Lapa do Fumo
Natural cave with Neolithic levels at Muslim period highlighting the Final Neolithic burials. Presents estalactíticas formations and stalagmitic masses. Are classified as Property in the public interest.
Museu do Mar
A space devoted to the sea and the maritime life forms, related to the small town of Sesimbra. It has a collection of artefacts and photographs that relate to the several sea and fishing activities.
Capela do Espírito Santo dos Mareantes
A construction of the 15th century which later underwent modifications. Of that temple, only the baroque front with stonework still stands. Inside, a special note to a room with a cylinder shaped ceiling and an ogival arch, somewhat original.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Cabo, Casa dos Círios e Terreiro
The current constructions date back to the 18th century. The church is sided by two volumes with arches and has a grandiose and unique character.
Praia das Bicas
There is a camping by the beach.It has a good quality restaurant that serves typical dishes.
Praia de Sesimbra / Praia do Ouro
A rather touristy beach, lively and with beautiful landscapes.One can rent bananas, boats, slides and barracudas.One can also visit the fortress of Saint Tiago.It has a few varied restaurants.
Praia do Meco/ Praia do Moinho de Baixo
A famous beach, quite attended by tourists and by the youngsters, quite lively.It is surrounded by dunes and there is an exclusive area for the fishermen.The sand has excellent areas for paragliding.It was the first "official" nudism beach in Portugal.Because …
Where to sleep in Sesimbra
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