What is Sesimbra famous for?
Besides professional fishing and sport fishing (mainly of swordfish ), the most significant revenues in Sesimbra come from tourism. The town is known for its beaches, fish restaurants and nightlife. The original name of Celtic origin was Cempsibriga, meaning the high place (briga) of the Celtic tribe the Cempsi.
What to do in Sesimbra?
Panoramic view of Sesimbra, Portugal. A tourist travelling to Sesimbra can appreciate its beaches, traditional fish restaurants and the Arrábida National Park. Sesimbra is a popular diving location close to Lisbon and the most famous dive site is the wreck of the River Gurara, a Nigerian cargo ship, that sunk in 1989 with the loss of 45 sailors.
What is Nossa Senhora do Castelo in Sesimbra?
Close to the Moorish castle is the church Nossa Senhora do Castelo. It stands on the spot where king Sancho I built a Romanesque chapel in the early 13th century, leading to the creation in 1388 of the parish of Nossa Senhora do Castelo de Sesimbra.
Why choose Sesimbra for twinning?
Sesimbra is a founding member of the Douzelage, a unique town twinning association of 24 towns across the European Union. This active town twinning began in 1991 and there are regular events, such as a produce market from each of the other countries and festivals.
What is the Castelo de Sesimbra?
The Castelo de Sesimbra stands high above the town and from the battlements there are wonderful views over the region. The castle dates from the Moorish era (8-11th century) and was constructed as a defensive viewpoint over the Sado Estuary.
How far in advance should I book Castelo de Sesimbra tours?
We recommend booking Castelo de Sesimbra tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 63 Castelo de Sesimbra tours on Tripadvisor
What to do in Sesimbra Portugal?
Quick Overview of Sesimbra Activities. • Relax on the beautiful Praia da Califórnia beach and bath in its crystal-clear waters. • Hike up to the Castelo de Sesimbra, with it’s wonderful panoramic views of the town. • Eat a delicious meal of freshly caught fish and shellfish in a family run Marisqueira restaurant.
When was the Nossa Senhora built?
As the fame of the Cabo Espichel grew, a larger church and accommodation for pilgrimage was built, under the orders of King Dom Pedro II in 1701. The Nossa Senhora church has a Baroque exterior typical of that era, but the main attraction is the ornate interior and beautiful painted ceiling.