Like I've already mentioned, Sesimbra is not as touristy as other beach resort towns, but there is still a barrage of hotels stretching along the beach. It seems as if there are hardly any hotels aside from along the beach.
Also, the tourists here seem to mainly be Lisbonites and other Portuguese, keeping the area still feel rather local. There's not the swarms of Germans and British as found in Cascais and the Algarve.
The town of Sesimbra is not as touristy towards the west. The east side of the beach is home to most of the hotels. It is amazing how walking a few hundred meters makes such a difference.
Take the chance to walk thru here, rather than just spend all your time on the beach.
Our friend Antonio took us for a short trip from Lisbon/Cascais down south past "the" river to Sesimbra. This used to be a small peaceful fishing village where you could enjoy the sea and have a good lunch from what was brought in by the fishermen. Today it is turning into a tourist/beach town. But on the day we visited, the ocean was still too cold (in May) for enjoyable swimming and the beach was almost empty.
The small town is perched on the sides of the mountain leading down to the sea and all the streets seem to go UP...
Some of the older architecture is quite nice with the facades decorated with tiles.
Well protected against the north winds, Sesimbra is an excellent place to spend some days. Pleasant to swim, its good location makes it a good starting point to search for the charms of the region. Arrabida, Troia and Espichel are not to be missed. And, when passing in Azeitao don't forget the cheese. And the wine. And...
Sesimbra with Antonio
As a prelude to the VT meet in Cascais/Lisbon, we had a pre-pre-pre-PRE meeting and Antonio took us, me, Stacey, Carmen, Rosa, Sandra and Tal for a visit to Sesimbra. Here we are on the beach.
There was a rock jetty which poked out into the Atlantic Ocean, along with its brother formed a fairly well protected harbor for the fishermen of Sesimbra. Thats Antonio at the waters edge.
Antonio took us to one of the local restaurants to sample one of the local drinks, it was quite good....much better than my MEMORY which does not let me remember what it was called.
As in many seaside towns in Portugal, Sesimbra has its fort and the very typical corner guard post. You can also see the beach and part of the lower hills that surround this small fishing village. Thats Tal there posing in the fortification.
Tal took this opportunity to get a good photo with Stacey, the beach and hills in the background from the fortress make a perfect backdrop for a couple of friends.
Okay, what is Tal doing on the phone...Stacey again...as he passed the phone he picked it up and said it was for TAL. ^O^
One for Dad also with Tal.