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Sesimbra
Travel Guide

Sesimbra is a fishing town, located 40 km south of Lisbon, which attracts the crowds with its incredible beaches.

LandmarksCape Espichel provides impressive ocean views over the Atlantic. It marks the southwestern edge of the Setúbal peninsula and home to some of the best-preserved dinosaur footprints to be found in Portugal. It’s also the location for the ‘Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo’ - an important pilgrimage destination. This 18th-century sanctuary bears the symbol of devotion to our Lady of the Cape (associated with the 14th century vision of the Virgin Mary by local fishermen). Inside the chapel the event is retold by a beautiful arrangement of tiles.

In 1715, guesthouses were built to host pilgrims that came to visit this church, known as ‘Círios Houses’. Outside the church stands a beautiful iconic image of the cross. The ‘Water House’ has a hexagonal shape and supplied this area with drinking water brought by aqueducts from Azóia, the nearest village. Inside the house, there’s a marble water source with beautiful motifs. There’s also a 32-metre-tall lighthouse in the area, which is open to the public. This is a fantastic area to visit and is just a 30-minute drive from Sesimbra town centre.

Castle Sesimbra is a beautiful castle, which stands on a cliff, providing amazing views of Sesimbra – well worth a visit.

BeachesThe beaches around Sesimbra can be divided into two groups: the beaches with powerful waves and wide flat sands on the edge of Meco, favoured by the surfers, and the calmer beaches on the edge of the Serra da Arrábida National Park. Whether you want an active or lazy beach break, Sesimbra has you covered.

Ouro’s Beach is a top spot for water sports, and also has a restaurant, bar and even a beach library. With ramp access, it’s great for visitors with disabilities. The Horse of Ribeira Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches, but its steep slope makes it a little more difficult to reach. If you want easy access, visit the Port of Sesimbra – there are a number of companies that offer boat transfers to the beach. Lagoa de Albufeira Beach is part of the National Ecological Reserve and is great for sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing and canoeing.

Food and DrinkDon’t miss out on the regions traditional dishes: fresh fish grilled on coals, swordfish with shrimp, fillets of fried black swordfish, octopus rice or swordfish stew with peas are some of the most popular dishes around – and for good reason. You can find some excellent restaurants and bars in Avenida dos Náufragos.

Don’t forget to leave room for desert. Broas of Alfarim are made of wheat flour, corn flour, fennel, cinnamon, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and lemon zest, baked into a tasty sweet. Beekeeping is a common activity in Sesimbra, so don’t miss out on the delicious, local honey.

Hotel dos Zimbros
Hotel dos Zimbros
4 out of 5
Facho de Azóia - Cabo Espichel, Sesimbra
The price is £81 per night from 18 Jun to 18 Jun
Situated in a regional park, this spa hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Facho da Azoia and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sesimbra Castle and Nossa Senhora de Castelo Church. ...
3.8/5Good! (31 reviews)
Terrible
"El hotel esta deteriorado y no es como se ve en la fotos, aparte es ilgoco que tengo un aire acondionado para todo el hotel siendo un hotel "4 estrellas", la calefaccion estaba activada muy fuerte y el cuarto era un horno y la solucion del manager fue abrir la ventana! Verdad decepcionante, no recomiendo ..."

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020

Hotel dos Zimbros
SANA Sesimbra Hotel
SANA Sesimbra Hotel
4 out of 5
Avenida 25 de Abril, 11, Sesimbra
The price is £102 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Offering direct access to the beach, this Sesimbra hotel is steps away from Sesimbra Beach and Praia da California. Ouro Beach and Fortaleza de Santiago are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (523 reviews)
Sana hotel review
"Everything was perfect except the air-conditioning in the room which was barely cooling. Also the hotel parking was on an availability basis and was full and not available 2 nights out of 3 during our stay. Hotels.com indicated that Parking is available which is not adequate."

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2020

SANA Sesimbra Hotel
Hotel Do Mar
Hotel Do Mar
4 out of 5
Rua General Humberto Delgado, 10, Sesimbra
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £158 per night from 15 Jun to 15 Jun
Located in Sesimbra, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Ouro Beach and Sesimbra Beach. Sesimbra Castle and Cabo Espichel ...
4/5Very Good! (337 reviews)
Great!
"Walking distance from the city centre. Nice room with comfy beds . We had ocean’s view room with a huge balcony. Breakfast was nice too, we sat outside on the terrace, the food seemed fresh and the staff was very friendly. I wish we could have stayed longer but I had to go back to work"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

Hotel Do Mar
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Filipe Village - Casa da Índia
Filipe Village - Casa da Índia
4 out of 5
Rua Eça de Queiroz, 6, Sesimbra
The price is £112 per night from 15 Jun to 15 Jun
Situated in Sesimbra, this apartment building is steps away from Fortaleza de Santiago and Sesimbra Beach. Ouro Beach and Praia da California are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Perfect!
"Filipe Village was perfect - clean, modern, comfortable, central, and with the most gorgeous view of the ocean. The host was very kind, accommodating, and flexible, and made our stay easy and completely stress free. I highly recommend!!!!! My second favorite part of the apartment (after the view, ..."

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Filipe Village - Casa da Índia
Filipe Village - Casa do Avô Zé
Filipe Village - Casa do Avô Zé
4 out of 5
Rua Moço Chamador, 4, Sesimbra, Lisbon
Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Fortaleza de Santiago, Sesimbra Beach and Ouro Beach. Sesimbra Castle and Nossa Senhora ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"Excellent property, very clean and spacious. Great host and very helpful"

Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019

Filipe Village - Casa do Avô Zé
Small Pinewood Villa Sesimbra
Small Pinewood Villa Sesimbra
Rua dos Malmequeres 3, Sesimbra, Setúbal District
Located in Carrasqueira, this romantic holiday home is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Sesimbra Castle and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Nossa Senhora de Castelo Church. Sesimbra Beach ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Proche des plages, des commodités, et de la capital .nickel
"Environnement un peu bruyant ( chiens ) propriétaires super sympa.Maison très agréable ,exterieur très bien entretenu. Je recommande"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

Small Pinewood Villa Sesimbra
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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