Sesimbra, Portugal

One more concert at Super Bock Super Rock, at Meco Beach, Sesimbra, Portugal closed with thousands of people cheering the legendary Peter Grabriel. Thousands of people travel to this yearly concert and many have already discovered the secrets that this region hides.

Sesimvra beach, mountain & townSesimbra, a picturesque fishermen’s town, has one of the best beaches in Portugal, with crystalline water wave free, blue flag and white, smooth sands. This village is only 40 minutes away from Lisbon, the capital, and yet it has so much to offer in its surroundings: bars and picturesque fishing restaurants (with fish so fresh that when the boats arrive a wave of seagles follow them), mountains with a castle, golf course only 5 km away, Arrábida (a WTO protected mountain with paths for walks, mountain bike or just bicycling, radical sports), other beaches (Meco famous for its nudism, it actually accommodates non-nudists in its extensive area and Lagoa de Albufeira, to mention a few).

Sesimbra Fishing boat full-with seaglesMain Avenue SesimbraTypical Fresh Fish Restaurant Sesimbra

Where in the world do you find a beach-like Mediterranean Côte d’Azur but with Atlantic waters and still so close to the Capital of a country?

In Sesimbra we found 2 lovely places to stay, not only for the concert if you decide to come next year, but for a lovely vacation (all year long).

Sana Sesimbra HotelSana Sesimbra Hotel, a four star hotel with 100 rooms and 4 suites, is just located on the other side of the road to the Sesimbra beach, on its main avenue, Avenida da Liberdade. Comfortable spacious, modern rooms, graced with a veranda with a view to the sea (or to an interior garden), can be adapted with an extra bed if you have children. The suites have a corner living room, with a large sofa and large LCD and a balcony with chairs and tables overlooking the beach. The bathrooms in the suites have large windows. A hallway separates the 3 areas of these suites. In the morning one can take a delicious breakfast outside, on the ground floor, in a wooden balcony while seeing the vacationers taking their place on the beach for a sun treat. The entertainment is all concentrated on the roof of Sana Sesimbra Hotel, with a 360º view of the mountain, castle and Atlantic Ocean. There one can find a place to relax reading a book on a sofa or playing some games (like snooker), children can draw and paint in their tinny table and adults, after a session in their mini-gym and/or a lazy bath on the pool (which is covered in winter or a less “summer-like” day), can still chill in the Jacuzzi or lay in the benches for the so acclaimed suntan. In the evening, meals are also served in the restaurant, on the roof, on a relaxed atmosphere of colorful tables overlooking the lighted Castle of Sesimbra. This Hotel also has 3 meeting rooms, which accommodate from 20 to 150 people. The hotel has 37 paid parking spaces and Wi-Fi in the rooms.

Sana Sesimbra room with a balcony to the beachOutdoors/Indors Pool Sana SesimbraSana Sesimbra view of Castle

 

 

Sesimbra Hotel & SpaSesimbra Hotel & Spa, also a four star hotel, is at the end of the Avenida 25 de Abril, with shops and restaurants animating the streets that separate it from the beach. Also with front view for the ocean, the Sesimbra Hotel & Spa has 84 rooms and 8 suites. Two of the floors are for smokers. The rooms are really spacious, decorated in a light green-bluish summer-like color. The bathrooms are equipped with branded enmities, hair dryer, as well as rope and slippers. The rooms are really spacious and in some of the balconies there are even lazy chairs (either looking at the ocean or at the outdoor pool). The hotel has an outdoor pool for adults and another for children as well as an indoor smaller pool, Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and gym, adjoined to the SPA where treatments and relaxing rooms are available at the guest’s request. The restaurant is under the outdoor pool with a water fall separating the guests from the fresh blue and green view of the Atlantic. During the summer, the hotel now offers thematic dinners and entertainment, like the Mexican night for which we were invited. The hotel also has 5 meeting rooms for up to 220 people, that can be interconnected or not depending on the number of people and activities planned. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in the meeting rooms and Internet access in the rooms, parking and beach parasol, in their reserved beach area, for all their guests. On the ground floor, by the Spa and in the access to the beach there is also the Mosaic bar – a area decorated with hand-painted mosaics that can also be reserved for a welcome get together or warm-walking / team-building event.

Sesimbra Hotel & Spa outdoor poolSesimbra Hotel & Spa roomSesimbra Hotel & Spa room view

 

 

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Lisbon revived with the Football match UEFA Euro 2012

I am not a football (soccer) aficionado but when Portugal was qualified for the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter-final and Ronaldo’s spell was finally broken with 2 magical goals I felt an emotion hard to describe.

This is Portugal at its best and this is why I am so passionate about this country and, in particular, about Lisbon (Lisboa). It´s Fado* (latim Fatum = destiny). And it’s the enchantment of this colorful people. One can find nearly a bit of every piece of the world in this country: desert, mountain, city, sea, hot sunny weather and snow… you name it.

The food, and forgive me for being biased, is the best (fresh fish, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, all the best from a Mediterranean diet with the taste to cry for more).

The best football trainer: the special one Mourinho. The best soccer player, CR7… The 1998 Nobel prize literature was awarded to José Saramago… and the list is endless! No wonder that Lisbon and its surroundings (Cascais, Sintra, Estoril, Sesimbra, Eiriceira, Mafra, Fátima, Torres Vedras, just to mention a few) is so special and it’s a favorite for worldly renowned events such as Rock-in-Rio, Volvo Ocean Race, Harley-Davidson European H.O.G. Rally, Estoril Open, Estoril Jazz Festival.

Yet, to really experience this city one also has to look out for the local cultural and entertaining activities: the Lisbon festivities (“Festas de Lisboa”)! These are the highlight for the month of June, it celebrates the 7 hills where this city was built on. It celebrates St. Antonio, the patron saint of the city and the patron saint of weddings. It celebrates the food, mainly the sardine grilled eaten with salad or bread as well as caldo-verde (a delicious soup made of kale) and grilled chouriço (chorizo, in Spanish, although the recipe is different), at the sound of live popular bands, under the stars.

Come for golf, come for the beach, come for shopping, tourism or business, I’ll get you best place to stay to meet your preferences, the purpose of your trip and budget. Whether you need a venue for a product launch, a wedding, a sales force event, a tournament, a rock concert, a reunion, a conference or whatever you imagine or need, I am the local expert to find you the best, personalized (and if needed private) booking system and rates, for individuals and groups!

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