Sesimbra Portugal is a quaint fishing village in the District of Setúbal in Alentejo, positioned along the Arrábida mountain range and in front of and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Sesimbra has some of the nicest beaches in Portugal and has been a popular tourist destination for many years, with holidaymakers travelling in from all over the world. It was in the 12th century that D. Dinis the sixth king of Portugal created the people of the riverside of Sesimbra, a small village of fisherman next to the sea and even today you can still see a number of local fishermen setting sail to haul in the "catch" of the day.
Sesimbra offers some of the best seafood and fish restaurants located along the coast of Portugal which can be enjoyed with some excellently produced local wine. Sesimbra is a bustling seaside village which offers the tourist and resident a wide choice of activities. Sesimbra provides a large selection of shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants as well as the larger supermarkets, hotels and guesthouses. Sesimbra is enjoyed both by the portuguese and foreign visitor alike, with the weekends and summer months seeing the largest influx of new people.
Sesimbra real estate in comparison with other European coastal villages is still affordable and for the investor who is prepared to rent their property in the high season, one should see a reasonable return on their investment.
Aldeia do Meco
Aldeia do Meco, Sesimbra, Portugal.
Aldeia do Meco, Portugal is a fashionable hideout where celebrities and artisans alike, arrive to escape the hustle and bustle of the Capital City, Lisbon for the weekends, and throughout the summer months. Thirty years ago this beautiful Portugues village was home to a small agricultural and fishing community whose chat and gossip was to be heard at the local tavern Acaciao. Under the same family guidance and now in the hands of Senhor Acaciaos' daughter Maria and her husband Eduardo, this restaurant has become one of the finest fish and seafood restaurants in all of Portugal.
Aldeia do Meco has some incredible landscape entwined with the coast that stretches further than any mans imagination and probably boasts one of the most beautiful sunsets in the whole of Europe. The village has a great family atmosphere and you can choose either to completely absorb yourself in the naturally stunning surroundings or you make live it up a little at one of the hip bars located throughout the village.
Aldeia do Meco has restaurants to suit every budget, and one thing that you’ll notice very quickly is that there is no shortage of quality or friendliness of your hosts. In fact they’re all our favourites for different reasons and we can only recommend that you spend enough time here to fully appreciate them all.
Aldeia do Meco is also famous for her nudist beach, Rio da Prata and her cosmopolitan awareness including her marvelous gay friendly attitude.
A few of our favourite restaurants and Bars in Aldeia do Meco
One of the best fish restaurants in Portugal
Sergio, Hugo and parents offer fabulously priced quality dishes with the restaurant becoming a bar in the later hours for the hip and younger generations.
Try their Cataplana, you won't find better.
Bar do Peixe
Beach Bar and Restaurant, take your camera for the sunset and dancing shoes from midnight until the early hours of the morning.
Retiro do Meco
João and his family are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. Fantastic dishes at affordable prices.
Antonio do Meco
Choquenhos á pédescalço, with plenty of white wine.
Serra da Arrabida
Serra da Arrabida, Sesimbra, Portugal
The Serra da Arrábida Nature Reserve is a magnificent landmark and a treasure that is held in custody for the people and visitors to Portugal. Located on the northern shore of the Sado Estuary and lying between the villages and towns of Sesimbra, Palmela, Azeitão and Sétubal, the Serra da Arrábida Nature Reserve covers 108 square kilometres and is abundant with natural vegetation not unlike that found along the Mediterranean.
The highest point in the Reserve is at an elevation of around 500 metres and overlooks onto the popular beaches of Figueirinha and Portinho da Arrábida which have been favourite places amongst the local inhabitants for many years. The Serra da Arrábida provides magnificent views both to the Atlantic Ocean and to the City of sétubal and is equally admirable when viewed back from the Troia peninsula at a short boat ride away across the Sado Estuary and River.