Nestled between the lush Arrábida Natural Park and the azure waters of the Atlantic, Sesimbra is a Portuguese fishing town that captures the essence of coastal living. Read more

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From its historic castle to its bustling fish markets, this seaside retreat offers a tantalizing mix of nature, culture, and gastronomy. Sesimbra is a feast for the senses. Located just a short drive from Lisbon, this charming town is a popular getaway for both locals and tourists seeking sun, sea, and relaxation. Known for its fishing heritage, Sesimbra's port is a hive of activity where you can see fishermen hauling in their daily catch, destined for the local grills and fine-dining restaurants. Seafood in Sesimbra is nothing short of exceptional, from the freshest oysters to sumptuous grilled fish.
The town is set against the backdrop of the sprawling Arrábida Natural Park, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The park offers a multitude of hiking trails through Mediterranean forests, where cork oaks and ancient olive trees stand. The natural beauty extends underwater; the nearby Marine Park is a hotspot for scuba diving and snorkeling, boasting rich marine biodiversity.
Sesimbra is not just about natural wonders; it has a rich history that's evident in its architecture and landmarks. The medieval Castle of Sesimbra offers panoramic views of the town and sea, a fitting symbol of the area’s diverse attractions.

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Castle of Sesimbra

Perched on a hill, the castle offers panoramic views and a glimpse into the area's history.

Arrábida Natural Park

A vast natural area perfect for hiking, cycling, and wildlife spotting.

Sesimbra Beach

A popular beach with golden sands and clear waters, ideal for sunbathing and swimming.

Portinho da Arrábida

A secluded beach located within the Arrábida Natural Park, known for its crystal-clear waters.

Cabo Espichel

A dramatic cliff overlooking the Atlantic, with a lighthouse and a small chapel.

Marine Park

A marine protected area offering excellent conditions for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Fish Market

A bustling market where you can witness the day's fresh catch and even buy some for yourself.

Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel

A 17th-century sanctuary offering stunning views and a tranquil atmosphere.

Museu Marítimo de Sesimbra

A museum focused on the maritime history and ecology of the area.

Praia do Ribeiro do Cavalo

A hidden beach accessible only by boat or a challenging hike, offering a secluded spot for relaxation.

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In and around Sesimbra

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