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Casa Mateus

Upgrade from ubiquitous grilled fish at this cosy dining room drenched in hardwood and old stone. In 2013, husband, wife and son team Carlos, Cristina and Pedro resurrected a 55-year-old family business...

Castle in Sesimbra

Castelo de Sesimbra

For sweeping views over dale and coast, roam the snaking ramparts of the Moorish castle, rising 200m above Sesimbra. It was taken by Dom Afonso Henriques in the 12th century, retaken by the Moors, then snatched...

Seafood in Sesimbra

Lobo do Mar

This unassuming seafooder in Porto de Abrigo has outgrown its humble beginnings as a bathing service in 1926 (there's a distinguishable line between its modern expansion and its original old school fisherman's...

Seafood in Sesimbra


No menu, no frills, just the tastiest grilled fish and cheapest plonk in town at this tasca run with love and prowess by Senhor Isaías' surviving son Carlos, grandson Thiago and chip-maven Maria. Sole, sardines,...

Bar in Sesimbra

Tap House

The most popular spot for a drink in town is this craft beer–fuelled terrace inside Fortaleza de Santiago. Local Arrábida Beer Company's seven options – from a thyme lager to a citrusy IPA – go down a treat...

Religious in Sesimbra

Senhor Jesus das Chagas

On 4 May, a procession stops twice to bless the land and four times to bless the sea, carrying an image of Christ that is said to have appeared on the beach in the 16th century (usually kept in Misericórdia church).

Castle in Sesimbra

Fortaleza de Santiago

In the town centre, the grandest castle on the sand is 17th-century Fortaleza de Santiago, once part of Portugal’s coastal defences and the summertime retreat of Portuguese kings. It was reopened to much fanfare...