From Lisbon we will cross the Tagus River south by passing the Portuguese Golden Gate Bridge, formally called the Salazar Bridge during the fascist dictatorship. At the end of the bridge you will have the opportunity to see how big the statue of Christ is (it was erected in 1959 to thank God for sparing Portugal from the horrors of World War II)!
We will pass by the Albufeira Lagoon, a protected area that is a combination of pine trees, beautiful beaches, small lagoons (the deepest in Portugal) and birdwatching. Then, we’ll stop and enjoy the impressive Espichel Cape (Cabo Espichel). This is the westernmost point of the Sesimbra coast where we can see frighteningly tall cliffs. There are a few buildings here, mainly built in the seventeen hundreds: a church flanked by two arms of pilgrims’ lodges, a lighthouse, a chapel, and an aqueduct.
After this is time to go to the fishing town of Sesimbra. Originally from the 12th century, it is now famous for fresh fish and wonderful beaches. Here we will visit the medieval and originally Arab Castle of Sesimbra that stands in a dominant position overlooking a cliff, and it offers the best view of the village and the ocean. We’ll also stop for lunch here. Sesimbra offers excellent seafood in its waterfront restaurants. However, the best option is to look old fish restaurants, owned by generations of fishermen.
After, we will cross the astonishing Arrabida Mountain. This is a protected (Arrabida Natural Park) area rich in Mediterranean plants- from olives, pistachios and strawberries, to lavender, thyme and chamomile. Always close to the sea, we will pass by some amazing beaches with azure waters where you enjoy the remarkable views.
To end the day, and since it’s because of the wine that we are here, we will head to a small local family owned cellar in the middle of the peaceful Arrabida Mountain to learn more about how this precious nectar is made. You will see the vineyards, see how the process is completed and of course, taste the results. Finally, it is time to go back to Lisbon.