Broad view over the Atlantic ocean, Lisbon and the shore line. Although the old convent is closed, there is a church that can be visited. There are also walking trails that lead to dinosaurs footprints.
Unique view of one of the westernmost points in europe. Visit the XVI century sanctuary and the dinosaur tracks that gave rise to the legend of Our Lady of the Cape, said to be seen going up the cliffs on a donkey. Great area for hiking.
Besides the beautiful views and sunsets, the Sanctuary of Espichel Cape, located at the westernmost point of the coast of Sesimbra, is a unique civil and religious architectural complex, which combines the monumentality of the building with the immateriality of religious devotion. It is composed of…
Beautiful views from the cape with a sweet light-house and a 15th century church and sanctuary.
“1000 year old mourish castle filled with history and with an amazing view, it is also the setting for a yearly medieval fair and sculpture competition.”
“It is a natural reserve located in the Setúbal peninsula, with the highest altitude in Pico do Formosinho, with an altitude of 501 meters. The fauna and flora is quite diverse, with about 1,400 plant species concentrated in this territory, which correspond to 40% of the Portuguese flora and less than 1% of the country's plant area. The rare orchids and wild tulips stand out. It is also the "home" of a very special plant called Euphorbia pedroi (espovel-do-espichel). Among the animals, mammals stand out: the fox (Vulpes vulpes), wild boar (Sus scrofa), the weasel (Mustela nivalis), the toirão (Mustela putorius), the genet (Genetta genetta), wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) , the badger (Meles meles) and the probable occurrence of wildcat (Felis silvestris). The caves, mainly in the cliffs, have a very particular fauna of bats associated with them: teddy bat (Miniopterus schreibersii), Mediterranean horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus euryale), large horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) and bat moorish horseshoe (Rhinolophus meherlyi). Among the birds, the Bonelli's eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus) stands out - with the only couple to nest on the Portuguese coast, the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), the owl of the towers ( Tyto alba), the swift (Apus melba), the blue blackbird (Monticola solitarius) and the blackthorn (Phoenicurus ochrurus), the nightingale (Luscinia mergarhynchos), the robin and the wren ( Troglodytes troglodytes), the beak (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), the hoopoe (Upupa epops), the common partridge, the sparrow lark (Galerida cristata), the red-necked nighthawk (Caprimulgus ruficollis) and kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), the great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopus major), the titmills (Parus spp.), and the song cuckoo (Cuculus canorus). In amphibians and reptiles, the gecko, the pentadactyl legged snake (Chalcides bedriagai), the ladder snake (Elaphe scalaris), the rat snake (Malpolon monspessulanus), the horned viper and the horseshoe snake (Coluber hippocrepis). Aquatic resources provide shelter for turtles (Mauremys leprosa) and water snakes (Natrix spp.). Among the invertebrates the cave spider of the Frade (Anapistula ataecina) stands out.”
Point of Interest
“This is one of the companies which organise different types of activities involving nature. - Dolphin Watching is estuary of Sado River. - Kayaking along Sesimbra Cost - Scuba diving in Sesimbra - Trekking - Boat tours to some hidden bays. - Canoeing - Coastering.”
“Please buy local, here you can buy the best BIO/Organic Food and fresh fish!!!”