After our weekend in Lisbon, we took a car to Sesimbra, a sweet town a few kilometres south of Portugal’s capital, from where I am typing these lines for you.
Sesimbra is a magically idyllic small town directly by the sea and convinced us from the first sight with its tiny, steep and winding streets and its sweet little whitewashed houses. The city has two fortresses of its own – the lovely Fortaleza de Santiago directly by the beach that you have seen in my last outfit post and the big, medieval Castelo de Sesimbra looming on a mountain above the town. Originally, the settlers’ whole lives were centered around the fortress, but relocated nearer to the sea when the importance of fishing grew.
Sesimbra is pretty close to the capital Lisbon, but keeps the low-key charm of a small town and leaves every trace of city bustle behind, which made it an ideal place for us to just take a few days off and relax.
A few kilometres west of Sesimbra, directly on the Atlantic coast, lies the famous Cabo Espichel. With its rough landscape, the steep cliffs and the sound view over the wide and wild Atlantic, this place caught my heart from the very first sight. Strong winds are blowing incessantly from the sea, thus the flora and even the population is sparse in this place. Besides a deserted pilgrim’s inn, a tiny chapel and a lighthouse, there is N O T H I N G. Just you and nature – and that’s what makes Cabo Espichel pure magic.