Sesimbra is becoming more and more popular among travelers from all over the world. With its long-stretched sandy beaches and the proximity to the beautiful Serra da Arrábida natural park, visitors have a lot to choose from. You can visit the city on a day trip from Lisbon, which is only 40 minutes away.
Diving is one of the top things to do, and it’s one of the best spots in all of Portugal for diving and snorkeling. If you decide to go scuba diving, be ready to explore an amazing underwater world with caves, wrecks and beautiful reefs all around you.
If you rather stay above sea level, you can embark on one of the fun boat tours, go dolphin watching or even fishing. After the fresh sea breeze, you’ll be happy to know that this city is a true seafood paradise.
- Our favorite beach: Ribeira do Cavalo Beach
- Our favorite restaurant: Praia Mar
- Our favorite boat tour: Fishing
- Our favorite watersport: Scuba Diving
If you’re visiting Sesimbra, most likely you’re traveling from Lisbon. The easiest way to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra are our transfers, which start at 25€ per person and pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation in Lisbon or a central meeting point. You can book your transfer while booking your watersport or boat tour.
take about an hour and cost you 4,35€ to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra. You can also get from Lisbon to Sesimbra by train
, which is longer and a bit more expensive than catching the bus. If you’re with more people, you can go by taxi
(or Uber or Bolt - cheaper and safer in our opinion). This takes about 35 minutes, depending on traffic, and prices start at about 30€. You can read more about the options to get from Lisbon to Sesimbra in this article
In the city itself, you can do everything on foot. Be prepared for some climbs and maybe even some hikes to secluded beaches ;)
Best things to do during your stay
There are many things to do. It’s a paradise for active sea-lovers.
Day trip to Lisbon
As we mentioned in the section before, it’s rather easy to travel in between Lisbon and Sesimbra
. Therefore, if you’re staying in the city for your holidays, we recommend a day-trip to the Capital city to taste some Portuguese culture
Boat tours are a great way to explore the stunning coastline of the Arrábida Nature Park
. Boat tours start at 27€ per person for a 2-hour tour
. A boat tour to the emblematic Cape Espichel
is also a nice idea. If you prefer a full-day boat experience
, you can rent this boat with space for up to 5 guests and your private skipper. This is a unique private tour to enjoy the beaches of the region at your own pace.
The dolphins tours
are a must for nature-loving families. And if you like fishing, we have great day trip during your stay in Lisbon. Join this fishing tour
with local fishermen!
Regarding watersports, our big news is the AquaJump Park
right in front of Praia da California
, in the center of the town. The Nature Park of Arrábida is the ideal spot for active nature lovers. For the ones who like being under the sea level, we have snorkeling
or diving tours
If you prefer to stay above the sea level, we recommend the coasteering
for the most adventurous ones and a kayak
or SUP tour
to explore the coastline in a more relaxed way.
Enjoy some of the freshest seafood of Portugal
The city is known for its great seafood and fresh fish. Being historically strongly connected to the fishing industry, it’s normal that you can find the freshest fish and seafood. We recommend restaurant Praia Mar in the city center for delicious meal of seafood and grilled fish. A more affordable and basic, but equally delicious option is Formiga.
Whatever you decide to do during your holiday, we promise you will love this part of the Lisbon area! Raw nature and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.