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Sesimbra natural beauty

We have started off from Lisbon to a tour in the Sesimbra council. It is no doubt a beautiful travel with dense and diverse vegetation mostly pines and coark oakes trees along the way.

Sesimbra is about 40 kilometers from south of Lisbon and its main access is via A2 motorway. Leaving on the A2, we exit at the national road 378 and then on the national road 377 we arrive at the Interpretative Space of Lagoa Pequena, our first visit point.

Map Sesimbra Lagoa Pequena Cape EspichelMap of the visited places

Lagoa Pequena it is considered a Special Bird Protection Zone. It is one of the important observations routes of bird nests from Europe. It is part of an ecological system with a great diversity of fauna and flora.

Mapa Lagoa Pequena

The main lagoons (Source birdwatching Sesimbra Lagoa Pequena)

As you can see the scrub forest environment is spectacular around the Interpretative Space of Lagoa Pequena.

Lagoa Pequena SesimbraLagoa Pequena with reeds and pine woods around
Lagoa Pequena SesimbraOne of the beautiful wooden walkways
Camão Lontra Garça Lagoa PequenaIndication observatories Caminhos Lagoa Pequena SesimbraA stop in the shade of vegetation
Pelos caminhos Lagoa Pequena SesimbraThe good mood
Lagoa PequenaAnother view of a wooden walkway with the vegetation around

Then, we have visited three bird observatories. We started through the marshy area of Lagoa da Estacada where the Lontra and Camão observatories are located.

Throughout the bird observatories the forest environment is made up with pine woods and reeds. We have seen some birds and ducks. It is no doubt a fantastic ecological environment.

Lagoa Pequena ObservatóriosIndications for the observatories of Lagoa da Estacada Lontra Observação Lagoa Pequena SesimbraWater fresh extension of Lagoa da Estacada
Lagoa Pequena SesimbraPedestrian bridge in the Lagoa da Estacada area
Lagoa Pequena SesimbraThe forest environment
Observatorio do Camão Lagoa Pequena SesimbraOperation observation Lagoa de Estacada SesimbraLagoa da Estacada and some birds

We then have visited the Galeirão Observatory overlooking the Lagoa Pequena where it is more open to the sea and hence with more brackish waters than the fresh waters of Lagoa da Estacada.

Indications for the Galeirão Observatory Lagoa Pequena avesIn the route to the Galeirão Observatory
Observatório Lontra Lagoa PequenaA view of the Galeirão Observatory Lagoa Pequena SesimbraGaleirão Observatory and some pine woods at the bottom

Then from Lagoa Pequena we have travelled to Cape Espichel (Cabo Espichel) further West about 17 kilometers .

According to the legend it was in this place with a beautiful panoramic landscape of cliffs that around the year 1410 appeared the image of the saint Nossa Senhora of Cape Espichel.

The influx of many pilgrims to this place that became a cult, gave rise in the 18th century to some of the buildings of the Sanctuary of Cape Espichel such as the church, the hostesses, the Ermida da Memória (chapel) and the Casa da Água (water house).

Cabo EspichelAt cliff top of Cape Espichel
Cabo Espichel Igreja do Sanctuáriodo Cabo EspichelBackwards of Cape Espichel Sanctuary Church
Cabo Espichel vista panoramicaA hug of comfort with the panoramic landscape in the bottom
Vista panoramica Cabo EspichelThe beautiful Lagosteiros beach
Cabo Espichel A special moment for a picture at Cape Espichel Ermida da MemóriaThe chapel behind as a former cult place
Cabo EspichelAlong the paths of Cape Espichel Igreja do Santuario do Cabo EspichelFront facade of Cape Espichel Sanctuary Church
Cruzeiro hospedeiras Cabo Espichel

The Cruzeiro and the pilgrim’s hosts around

Casa da Água The Water House at bottom

Beside this beautiful setting is the lighthouse that was built in the 18th century. Currently the light of lighthouse still serves as a guide for fishermen in Sesimbra.

Farol Cabo Espichel At the entrance of the lighthouse of Cape Espichel Farol Cabo EspichelThe lighthouse seen behind

Then we went looking for one of the great attractions of Cape Espichel which are the footprints of dinosaurs.

Pedra da Mua and the Lagosteiros are two natural momuments that sparked our curiosity on the trail of the dinosaurs that lived there for many millions of years.

Along a beautiful and natural setting we have walked around 25 minutes from the Sanctuary of Cape Espichel to where it was possible to get safely.

As the 3D shows the dinosaur footprints of Pedra da Mua e dos Lagosteiros are located on the sloping rocks.

Map 3D Cape EspichelMap with the location of dinosaur footprints

Caminho das pegadas Pedra da MuaThe enthusiasm for finding dinossaur footprints
Caminho da Pedra da MuaDiscussion in group about the theme where are the footprints?
Vegetação pegadas dinossauros Cabo EspichelThe scenery on the way to the dinosaur footprints
Na pista dos dinossaurosThe spirit to find the footprints

Pegadas dinossauros Cabo EspichelThe panoramic view from the point we finish the walk

With the topic of conversation about the footprints of dinosaurs and being in an area where these giant animals lived, we also went to Pedreira (quarry) do Avelino considered a natural monument. The drive from Cape Espichel to Pedreira do Avelino is 10 kilometers.

There, we can see the footprints of dinosaurs preserved on a rocky surface some 155 million years ago.

Pedreira do AvelinoDinosaur footprints in Pedreira (quarry) do Avelino Pedreira do AvelinoVisitors area in the Pedreira do Avelino

Following the visit to Pedreira do Avelino, it was time to have lunch. We then went to lunch at the Celmar restaurant in Aldeia do Meco about 7 kilometers from Pedreira do Avelino.

The chosen dishes were fish soup, seafood feijoada (beans) and seafood rice. It was really tasty.

Almoço Celmar Aldeia do MecoSmiles from a good meal
Sopa de Peixe Celmar restuarante Aldeia do MecoFish soup
seafood feijoada (beans) portugueseSeafood feijoada (beans) Seafood riceSeafood rice

After lunch we have visited the beautiful Sesimbra Castle and of great historical importance for the village of Sesimbra.

It was built in the 9th century as a militar fortification for maritime and land defense during the muslim presence, undergoing changes already in the Christian reign.

The Sesimbra Castle has a fantastic panoramic view of the village, including the bay area as well as part of the Arribida Mountain.

Castelo de SesimbraThe walls and the circular turrets in the bottom Castelo de Sesimbra TorreãoInside the circular turret
Alcaçova Castelo de SesimbraIn the Citadel of Sesimbra Castle
Recintos Castelo de SesimbraIntra wall enclosure
Jardins Castelo SesimbraGreen spaces in the Sesimbra Castle Triangular parte Castelo de SesimbraIn the triangular area overlooking the bay
Vista vila de Sesimbra casteloView to Sesimbra bay
Igreja de Santa Maria do castelo de SesimbraAt bottom the Santa Maria Church of Sesimbra Castle

From the Castle of Sesimbra, about five minutes by car we ended up in the beautiful bay of Sesimbra to have an ice cream and to visit the Fortress of São Santiago, a truly relaxing space.

Gelados Vila SesimbraEnjoying the best ice creams of Sesimbra
Fortaleza de São SantiagoOne of the guardhouses in the Fortress of São Santiago

Guarita da Fortalez de SesimbraA happy ending to the visit to Sesimbra

The visit to Sesimbra council was a very pleasant experience for us.

Since the pleasure of walking and birdwatching to the natural and historical beauty of Cape Espichel with the challenge of finding the footprints of dinosaurs as well as visiting the medieval castle and the bay of Sesimbra village.

We hope that our testimony of this tour will help our readers and travel lovers to get to know the fantastic natural and historical charms of Sesimbra council.

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