Destinations / Portugal / Costa Azul / Sesimbra
Sesimbra is a wonderful little holiday bolthole that has been carefully and cleverly kept secret by the local Portuguese for years. Well, the secret is out! Located just 40 klms south of lovely Lisbon (the capital city) on Portugal's west coast in the Setubal district of Costa Azul, Sesimbra has long been a favourite holiday destination of the city crowd who want to escape the summer heat.
The resort of Sesimbra is situated at the foot of the Serra da Arrabida mountains and at the mouth of the Sado River, so a deep natural inlet and bay has created the livelihood for local fishermen and boosted a small fishing industry. Once a tiny fishing hamlet, Sesimbra today has lost none of its charm and, due to its narrow and sometimes steep streets, still has all the look and ambience of a very attractive local fishing community.
Blessed with a beautiful coastline and broad beaches with dramatic cliffs as backdrop, Sesimbra is a popular seaside destination for local Portuguese and now visitors from northern Europe are exploring the delights of this pretty little town. The fishing connection means the traditional restaurants teem with fresh seafood and fish so spanking fresh it seems to leap from sea to plate! No wonder the locals love it here...... Sesimbra holidays on Portugal's Costa Azul always deliver on pure pleasure and relaxation.
A holiday in Sesimbra promises amazing food, warm and friendly ambience, a nice evening stroll on the seaside promenade, a wander round the smart marina and, of course, superb value for money. The area is privileged in that densely wooded hills lead to sandy beaches and clean, glassy waters and, on the west side, there are huge towering cliffs where powerful waves batter the rocks, so the power and beauty of nature is evident at every turn.
Sesimbra holidays have been discovered by the weekenders from Lisbon so its time to take a break in a place which is traditional and which retains the intrinsic charm of a largely uncommercialised resort. Visit the exquisite local churches where the congregation still prays for the safety of the fishermen and a good catch. Hike in Arrabida National Park or take an adventurous bike ride over the steep hills or enjoy the lazier option of a scenic drive through the park to marvel at the breathtaking views of the ocean. Drive to Cabo de Espichel where a huge lighthouse and monastery complex is another enjoyable excursion.
There are no direct flights to Sesimbra, but regular flights to Lisbon provide easy access to the resort and Click&Go offers accommodation in the area.