Serenity of Swanwick
Phil and Sarah Tadd
Tue 29 Sep 2015 09:22
Sesimbra is about 20 miles south of Lisbon, and is one of the resorts popular for short breaks from Lisbon. We left Cascais just before midday on Monday, and tried to sail, but our speed varied between 1.5knots & 4 knots and it would have taken until midnight at that speed so we ended up motoring again, and arrived at about 7pm. The marina was about a mile out of town and the marina bar was closed for a private function, so we opened a bottle of wine on board instead of a cold beer.
In the morning we walked past the fishing port into town, and then continued up to the reconstructed fort at the top of the hill. We didn’t count the steps this time, but it was hot!
The fort was originally completed in 1201, as part of the ‘Reconquista’: when the Portuguese pushed southwards to recapture territory from the Moors. It had been very well restored and had some basic but interesting history and information on display.
The fort had its own church, which had been restored after the roof fell in, and a graveyard both of which were still in use.
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