Joana here, sharing another fantastic day trip for those of you staying in the exciting city of Lisbon. Today I’m sharing a circuit through Azeitão and Sesimbra, in the South.
During the last few weeks, we’ve explored the north in Bucelas, Ericeira and Mafra (you can read all about it here) and the west in Cascais, Carcavelos and Colares (here). Today’s post is all about the South of Lisbon.
So you know how these always start: make sure you rent a car and head south, through Lisbon’s “25 de Abril” red bridge, the one that looks just like the Golden Gate Bridge.
I’ve designed an amazing day that starts with a visit to José Maria da Fonseca, a gorgeous historic winery in Portugal, followed by a delicious lunch at their restaurant, The Wine Corner.
Then I thought, what’s the one thing you really want to do after a fantastic wine tasting and a great Portuguese lunch? Walking. You’ll want to walk and explore so the best option is to keep going south and discover the village of Sesimbra and its stunning beaches. They have a beach called “California beach” and - oh! - a breathtaking medieval castle you can visit.
To finish the day, the best thing is to have dinner sitting by the Tejo river, overlooking Lisbon’s splendor at its best. What do you think? Sounds good? I’m sharing all the details below.
VISIT AND WINE TASTING AT JOSÉ MARIA DA FONSECA WINERY
José Maria da Fonseca is one of my favorite wineries in Portugal to visit. This is a family owned winery that is still family run even though they have almost two centuries old. They have been producing wines since 1834 and they make some of the most iconic wines in Portugal and the world, like Lancers.
Well, the winery itself is a delight to visit – you can start at their museum and learn all about their history and their wines. Move to the cellars and finish in the grand, dark, moody barrel room where you’ll get a more in depth knowledge about the wines and the Moscatel with some exciting over 100 years old bottles.
José Augusto Coelho, nº11/13
Vila Nogueira de Azeitão
April to October » 10:00am to 12:00pm // 2:30pm to 5:30pm
November to March » 10:00am to 12.00pm // 2:30pm to 4:30pm
LUNCH AT THE WINE CORNER RESTAURANT
Move next door, and go in JMF’s restaurant, The Wine Corner. The menu is based on a food sharing concept, which includes a selection of regional ingredient, with a modern twist and a fantastic menu of wine. Besides being a restaurant, this is also a wine bar so make sure you reserve some time for a longer lunch where you can really taste everything inside or at their fabulous terrace.
Rua José Augusto Coelho nº 1
Thursday to Tuesday » 12:00am to 10:30pm
Closed on Wednesdays
SPEND THE AFTERNOON IN SESIMBRA AND EXPLORE THE CASTLE
Sesimbra is a beautiful fishing village with more than five centuries of history. You can explore its narrow streets and hidden corners, the stunning clear water beaches, and monuments like the Fortress of Santiago, a sixteenth century building with a terrace overlooking the sea or the town's food market.
Once you’re there you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit the castle sitting on one of the hills overlooking the village. The Sesimbra Castle is the last Portuguese castle located by the sea with its original medieval characteristics. You can drive there and visit inside.
DINNER AT RESTAURANT PONTO FINAL
Since you’re coming from the South side, you should have dinner there. The best view of the city is naturally outside looking in. Ponto Final is a restaurant literally sitting on top of the Tejo river so make sure to book a table outside and enjoy delicious fresh fish while overlooking the city’s natural light and beauty as the sun goes down. It will be magical and a meal you’ll probably remember forever.
Rua do Ginjal, Nº72
Lunch » 12:30am to 4:00pm
Dinner » 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Closed on Tuesdays
*Once again, let me remind you to please take into consideration that opening hours may vary during the year and considering possible covid19 restrictions -- always make sure to book ahead and contact each place before driving there.