Sesimbra Village

“Sesimbra is a municipality of Portugal, in the Setúbal District, lying at the foothills of the Serra da Arrábida, a mountain range between Setúbal and Sesimbra. Due to its particular position at the Setúbal Bay, near the mouth of the Sado River and its natural harbour, it’s an important fishing town. The population in 2011 was 49,500, in an area of 195.47 km². […] Administratively, the municipality is divided into 3 civil parishes.

Close by, on a mountaintop, 240 m (787.40 ft) above sea level, lies strategically (the ruins of) the Moorish castle. It was taken from the Moors, during the Portuguese Reconquista in the year 1165 by king Afonso Henriques with the help of Frank Crusaders.”

Source: Wikipedia

Sesimbra Tourism Website

Sesimbra Castle

“The Castelo de Sesimbra (Sesimbra Castle), also known as Castelo dos Mouros (Castle of the Moors), is a castle located in the town of Sesimbra, in the Setúbal District of Portugal. It was classified as a National Monument on 16 June 1910.

The medieval castle stands in a dominant position on a cliff, over a cove which constitutes a natural harbour in the Setúbal peninsula between the estuaries of the Tagus river and the Sado river, a few miles from Cape Espichel. It was built on a site occupied in prehistoric times.”

Source: Wikipedia

Infos about the Castle

Video about the Castle

Espichel Cape

“Cabo Espichel is a cape situated on the western coast of the civil parish of Castelo, municipality of Sesimbra, in the Portuguesedistrict of Setúbal. […] Following the Calcholitic, human tribes began to look for elevated locations in order provide a natural defense; […] During the Iron Age, there are documented references to the lands of Risco, farther to the west of Cabo Espichel, that was a largest undefended settlement at the time.

Also famous, are the several dinosaur fossil trackways exposed in some of the now tilted Jurassic strata which form the cape’s cliffs. It is said that local superstition interpreted the trackways as the path taken by the Holy Virgin (“Nossa Senhora”) when riding a giant mule from the ocean and up the cliffs, which led to the eventual construction of the convent at that location.”

Source: Wikipedia

Infos regarding the Sanctuary Cape here and here

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