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.
What to do in Sesimbra
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 …
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 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.
Lagoa de Albufeira
A long lagoon with about 1.3 km2, formed by two main areas linked by a narrow channel. Surround by vast sandy areas, this place has tranquil waters and is a refugee for several bird species. It may have once beeen a passage from the Tejo river to the sea, which is located about 150 m away. It has protected dunes.
Porto de Recreio de Sesimbra
Located by the sea port, this is a sea port with just a few docking places.
Monumento Natural dos Lagosteiros
Classified Natural Monument since 1997, integrated in the Arrábida Natural Park, under the cliffs of Cape Espichel. The deposit consists of tracks of footprints of bipedal dinosaurs, with about 130 million years ago, arranged in different orientations, created at a …
Ermida da Memória
An harmonious hermitage, built in a place where, according to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared in 1410. Inside. Tile panels of the 1700s tell the history of the sanctuary. Their quality and value stand out.
Praia da Tramagueira
A beach with difficult accesses, with a large sandy area and surrounded by pinewoods.
Praia da Califórnia
White sand beach and crystal clear water, much frequented during the bathing season. The scenic beauty and the diverse offer of infrastructure make this beach ideal for young and old.
Praia do Ribeiro do Cavalo
It gets its name from a rock in the surroundings that looks like a horse. One gets there by boat but it is a bit uncomfortable.
Praia das Bicas
There is a camping by the beach.It has a good quality restaurant that serves typical dishes.
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 …
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 eat in Sesimbra
Where to sleep in Sesimbra
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