Sesimbra

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

Landmarks

Cape 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.

Beaches

The 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 Drink

Don’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.

Where to stay in Sesimbra

Sesimbra Hotel & Spa
Sesimbra Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Rua Navegador Rodrigues Soromenho, Sesimbra, 2970-773
The price is ₹5,808 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Sesimbra. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (260 reviews)
"Loved the area! Beach was beautiful. Lots of restaurants and cobble stone streets to wander around."

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2022

Four Points by Sheraton Sesimbra
Four Points by Sheraton Sesimbra
4 out of 5
Rua 4 de Maio, 50, Altinho De Sao Joao, Sesimbra, 2970-621
The price is ₹6,453 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Sesimbra. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and breakfast. Popular attractions Nossa Senhora de Castelo Church and Sesimbra ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (127 reviews)
Decent hotel but expected a bit more for the price
"The positive points are - the pool area and the views are pretty nice. Breakfast is good. Minibar is totally free and the bed is super comfortable. The disappointing bits were - smelling of damp in the room (the biggest downside for me), some facilities need a bit of a revamp as they look tired; ..."

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2022

Hotel Do Mar
Hotel Do Mar
4 out of 5
Rua General Humberto Delgado, 10, Sesimbra, 2970-628
The price is ₹6,226 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Sesimbra. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (374 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

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.
California Beach Apartment
California Beach Apartment
3 out of 5
Rua Heliodoro Salgado 1G, Sesimbra, Setúbal, 2970-773
Stay at this 3-star beach apartment in Sesimbra. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and an LCD TV. Popular attractions Sesimbra Beach and Praia da California are ...
Green Dream Studio by the beach
Green Dream Studio by the beach
3 out of 5
R. Navegador Rodrigues Soromenho, Empreendimento da Falésia, Sesimbra, Setúbal, 2970-644
Stay at this 3-star beach apartment in Sesimbra. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and an LCD TV. Popular attractions Praia da California and Sesimbra Beach are ...
Rent4rest Sesimbra Ocean View Studio - Direct Beach Access
Rent4rest Sesimbra Ocean View Studio - Direct Beach Access
3.5 out of 5
Sesimbra, Setúbal District
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Sesimbra. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a TV. Popular attractions Praia da California and Sesimbra Beach ...
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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