This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sesimbra. To help you make friends with Sesimbra before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Sesimbra is located in the Setubal district of Portugal, just forty-five kilometres south of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Although Sesimbra has not been as discovered by tourists yet as for example the nearby Costa de Caparica, it has just as much to offer both culture and nature-wise.
Sesimbra is located in the Setubal Bay, on the coastline, at the place where the Sado River flows into the sea. Furthermore, just a few kilometres to the west, it has the ocean washing its shores, giving surfers an excellent spot to ride the waves. Because of the location of the town, it has always relied heavily on fishing and this activity gives a unique character to Sesimbra to this day. Walking through the narrow, up-and-down streets of the historic neighbourhoods, you are guaranteed to be tempted into one of the traditional fish restaurants, where you will be blown away by the taste of the typical cod dishes -- the Portuguese are supposed to have three hundred and sixty-five different ways to prepare it!
Sesimbra is not lacking for monumental sights and dramatic scenery either. The castle of the town, which was preserved in excellent condition since the twelfth century was built by the Portuguese hero, Don Afonso Henriques. The castle was constructed in a strategic location as a defense aganst the Moors, for which tourists nowadays are immensely grateful, as the fantastic panorama from the two-hundred-forty-meter-high rocky hills above the bay is truly breathtaking.
Another must-visit if you are in the area is the Cape Espichel, which is the "end of the world" before the ocean. The rocks meeting the raging ocean here are truly awe-inspiring, and the sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, which was built right at the edge of the rocks gives a spiritual feel to the place as well.
Those who like some physical activity should not miss out on the hiking opportunities provided by the closeness of the Serra de Arrábida mountain range. Although hikes can be steep and paths are not well taken care of, the ocean views you will enjoy from the top will compensate you for all your efforts.
The options for hostels in Sesimbra are extremely limited, so your best bet is to book one in the Costa de Caparica area or further inland from the shore in the city of Setúbal. Of course, Sesimbra can be a great daytrip from Lisbon too, where you are spoilt with a wage range of hostels catering for every taste and budget.
Written by local enthusiast for Sesimbra hostelsJudyM