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Castle in 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 back…
Seafood in Sesimbra

Casa Mateus

Upgrade from ubiquitous grilled fish at this cosy dining room drenched in hardwood and old stone. Husband and wife team Mateus and Cristina do wonderful things with seafood – our stone bass with bacon, clams and swe…
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, his son Carlos and chip-maven Maria. Sole, sardines, swordfish (your boneless c…
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 in …
Seafood in Sesimbra


One of Sesimbra’s best, this sleek restaurant faces the beach. Feast away on large seafood platters for two. Choosing a bottle from the arm-long wine list is quite a challenge.