Sesimbra (Portugal): what to see in the seaside resort

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What to see in Sesimbra, attractions and places to visit in the small fishing village of Portugal, with beautiful beaches and clean sea that have made it a popular destination for summer holidays.


Tourist information

Renowned seaside tourist center in the Lisbon region, Sesimbra has become famous thanks to the quality of the coast and the sea, with magnificent white sand beaches, as well as for the preparation of excellent swordfish and tuna dishes by local restaurants.

A public fish auction takes place in Sesimbra, a characteristic show of the place.


During the year, especially in May, some popular festivals are held in honor of the Saints.

What see

Despite the presence of modern buildings, Sesimbra preserves a very particular historical center, characterized by steep streets and stairways that descend towards the sea, along which it is easy to notice clothes hanging out to dry and baskets full of fresh fish.

Among the main monuments and places of tourist interest is the seventeenth century castle, erected on a promontory above the remains of an ancient wall fence, dating back to the end of the twelfth century.


In the manor some periodic exhibitions are set up and various musical events are organized.

In the parish church some pictorial works of the seventeenth century are preserved, concerning the popular feast of Our Lady of the wounds.

Fort Santiago, built between 1640 and 1656 above the remains of a previous fortress destroyed by English corsairs, is located on the beach and is open to the public for visits.

Forte do Cavalo, which was built as a defense against Pirate attacks, is not open to visitors.

Sesimbra beach (September 2020)


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