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Make a self catering villa in Sesimbra, Portugal your home away from home

Sesimbra is ideally located on the south west coast of Portugal. Blue skies meet blue seas edged with golden sandy beaches and coves. It is an ideal holiday location with fine self catering villa accommodation from which to explore the countryside and the nearby city of Lisbon.

This tiny fishing village, in the shadow of the Moorish castle, offers a little local history, sandy beaches and plenty of scenic walks in the area. Unspoilt and idyllic, Sesimbra is considered Portugal’s best kept secret, so don’t spread the word!

Things to do in Sesimbra, Portugal

For those who enjoy walking, a villa in Sesimbra makes a great base for some scenic explorations on foot. Climb up to the 17th century fort for some great sea views and the start of the coastal paths. Watch the local fishing boats return to the port below to auction their catch to local restaurants.

Your villa at Sesimbra is just a short distance from the local beach, so pack your towel, water and favourite novel for a relaxing day doing absolutely nothing.

Go dolphin watching at Setubal, a busy port and the birthplace of Manueline architecture.

Places to visit near Sesimbra, Portugal

Cabo Espichel - The interesting landscape of this mystical Cape is set above the Atlantic Ocean which dashes the cliffs hundreds of feet below. The convent was once an ancient pilgrimage site and has a simple domed chapel with beautiful tiles depicting fishing scenes.

The capital city of Portugal is Lisbon, and it is just 38 km from your villa in Sesimbra. World heritage monuments and many museums make Lisbon a great city of culture, with UNESCO World Heritage status. The Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Tower are two of the most well-known landmarks of the city. The seven hills of Lisbon give excellent viewpoints of the city. The medieval squares and architecture are decorated with mosaics and carved stonework.

Back in the 21st century, the Oceanarium is also an excellent attraction to visit in Lisbon.

Azeitao - At the other end of the scale is the sleepy village of Azeitao, which has many fine mansions including the decorative Quinta da Bacalhoa. The Fonseca Winery produces some of Portugal’s best red table wine here and is a fun place to take a guided tour.

Weather in Sesimbra, Portugal

The weather in Sesimbra is perfect for sunshine holidays for most of the year. The driest and hottest months are from May to the end of September, when average temperatures are 29C (84F). Winter months have temperatures ranging from 8-15C (47-59F) and around 3 inches of rain.

Flights to Sesimbra, Portugal

The nearest airport to Sesimbra is Lisbon International airport. It is frequently served by cut-price airlines from all over Europe, as well as international flights from all over the world. Lisbon airport is 44km from your villa in Sesimbra.

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                                                                                                    Spacious and comfortable in a magnificent setting

                                                                                                    4 of 5
                                                                                                    A 3 generational family holiday with ages ranging from 18 months to 72 years. We had been a little concerned prior to arrival about the safety of the terraces with the toddler, but everything was fine, he loved discovering all the hidden places and having the freedom of the spacious interior with the numerous sofas acting as climbing frames. The setting was magnificent; the beautiful views lending incredible backdrops to romantic and family photos. This being the first family holiday with all partners of our 4 children we were very pleased with the size of the property and the assorted places couples could escape, as well as enough room for us all to gather together comfortably of an evening or around the pool. The kitchen was well equipped and cooking was a pleasant social event, with the majority of meals being prepared on the barbecue, much of the food having been acquired from the excellent market in town, although various large supermarkets were within a few minutes drive for other essential supplies. Most of us walked down into the town at some point in the week and a few even made the return trip on foot, apparently it takes 15 minutes uphill if you run in a temperature of 30 degrees. However for the less athletic there is an excellent, reasonable priced taxi service. The property was very clean, with a mid week change of towels and a thorough clean midweek. The pool was cleaned and checked every other day. Both members of staff we encountered were very pleasant and helpful. We did have one meal in the week provided by a local chef and his sister in the villa. A truly unforgettable meal. It did cost much the same as a meal in town would have cost but it was wonderful having the meal on the terrace overlooking the bay. Fantastic fish dishes and no washing up. We would recommend the walk up to the castle although we should have started out earlier on such a warm day. Many of the party also caught buses into Lisbon and thoroughly enjoyed their day of sightseeing in Alfama and Belem. Sesimbra is also a good base for exploring the National park with its fabulous beaches and view points. A few minor niggles, such as, creaking beds, dripping taps, a desire for air conditioning on the very warm nights, but these did not detract from our overall enjoyment of the property and we would very much recommend the property to any large group of friends and families.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                    Peaceful, isolated, spacious and beautiful

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We stayed for two weeks in this lovely house. In the first week there were 12 of us and in the second week the house was full. Three families with grown up 'children'. There was plenty of space. The three master en suite bedrooms which open out onto the pool area are gorgeous and the 5 other bedrooms (4 of which share two bathrooms, the other of which is on two levels in a separate part of the house with its own bathroom downstairs) are simpler but more than adequate for children, teenagers or young adults. The upstairs living and kitchen area is huge and bright and the terrace looks out over countryside and nothing else; not another building in sight. Great place to watch the sunset from. The only tiny niggle that we had was the size of the barbecue and oven. Cooking for 16 people was a bit of a challenge. However, the owner heard our feedback graciously and hopefully that will change for next year. The setting is idyllic in the middle of acres of farmland where you can walk, run or ramble for hours without meeting another soul. The house is about 1.5 km from the main road and from there it is a short drive to two really good supermarkets and the fish market at Sesimbra is awesome and not expensive by British standards. The house is about 20 minutes from several huge sandy beaches. The sea is sometimes rough and quite cold but if you like waves then you will love this bit of coast. The 'lagoon' beach' has an expanse of safe shallow water for families with small children. Guilherme, our host, was welcoming and incredibly helpful. We have already booked to return next year. We have fallen in love with Portugal and this is the best holiday house we have ever stayed in.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    OUTSTANDING APARTMENT

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    I would highly recommend this property.The location is perfect with stunning views over the ocean and beach and close to restaurants and shops.The apartment is spotlessly clean and even during our stay of 9 nights the owner Carlos arranged for the apartment to be cleaned.The flat is modern with all facilities and has a lovely private balcony running along the lounge and main bedroom.Carlos picked us up at the airport and even took us to the supermarket for shopping and gave us a tour of the area before dropping us at the apartment.My family have stayed in many apartments around Europe and this is the best we have stayed in. The hospitality and friendliness of Carlos is outstanding.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2016