30.8.10

Sesimbra and around ...

For our summer family holidays, we had thus rented a house at Sesimbra, some 30-45 minutes drive south of Lisbon. Being so close to Lisbon, the place is of course very active especially during the summer months, having some very nice beaches, a lot of (fish) restaurants and an active nightlife.

I discovered that I had no decent photo of the place; our house was a bit distant from the little town and we actually mostly went there in the evening so I had to “steal” this Wikipedia one.

I have some photos from the surrounding coastlines and beaches. The below ones were taken at Portinho da Arrabida (as the top photo) and at Moinho de Baixo. Driving between these places you cross the Arrabida National Park, a just beautiful protected area, covered with especially pines.


I guess that we must admit that Sesimbra for us rather meant staying at the house we had rented; the weather was quite hot, we didn’t see one cloud during the two weeks we stayed there … and the swimming-pool became the major attraction, especially for the 7 and 3 years old grandkids, Paloma and Mattias.
(You may refer to the preceding posts from our holidays: Bilbao, Salamanca, Lisbon, Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais.)

20 comments:

Thérèse said...

En ouvrant ton blog je m'attends bien sur à voir une vue de Paris, alors voir un petit bout de Portugal, quel dépaysement!
Pools make always happy kids! No exception here.

Owen said...

Hi Peter, I've just been catching up with your travels... and what a summer you've had ! Sounds like a simply wonderful time, so good to profit from quiet (or not so quiet) times with kids around a pool... in a beautiful setting, with all sorts of places to look at when you could get out. A lovely series of posts there... I missed a few as this summer flew by... but always good to look back through at what you've been doing, and your most original way of presenting it all...

V Rakesh said...

The beaches of Sesimbra look out of the world and the kids seemed to have had lots of fun!

Brilliant pictures, as always!

Kate said...

What fun to see your grandkids frolicing in the pool!

Carole said...

Ah les vacances.....
Profites-en Peter !!!
Bonne journée
Bises
carole

J Bar said...

What a beautiful place.

claude said...

Bel endroit pour de belles vacances !
Ah, les gamins et la piscine !C'est la même chose chez moi. on a du mal à les en faire sortir, même quand elle n'est pas aussi chaude qu'au Portugal.

joanny said...

Peter

Faces of angels on earth frolicking in fins. The ocean, the colors,the beach house all idyllic for paradise found.

Joanny

Cezar and Léia said...

Salut cher ami!
I'm enchanted by the collages of Paloma and Mattias having fun at the pool.It's adorable!
And the first picture is breathtaking!Thanks for this hint, we need to visit there!
Have a nice week,
still on vacation?
Hugs
Léia

Cergie said...

La photo du dessus est de toi tout de même ? Vous vous êtes baignés aussi dans l'océan j'espère !
Je me dis qu'avec notre petite puce voici les vacances qui nous attend : de l'eau, chaude si possible, et le tour est joué. Quel bonheur d'être grand-parent !

Starman said...

Les enfants are certainlz having a good time.

Simony said...

Portinho da Arrabida... I have to remember this name, worth visiting!
Beautiful beaches and great weather.
The kids are very cute, I am sure you enjoyed your vacation with them.

arabesque said...

hi peter!
seeing your grand kids frolicking in the pool, i suddenly miss the beach! ^0^
they both look so adorable.
glad you're back, happy to see your back to blogging again.

Paris Hotel Bastille said...

Its a heavenly beautiful place.Great photographs...having nice time eh :) ?

Virginia said...

I'm amazed at how much Mattias looks like my Davis now. And they both love the water. I see Paloma loves it just a much. She's growing up, just like my Eva. Looks like your family picked a wonderful spot to share together.
V

BLOGitse said...

These posts are excellent tips for our future travels...
oooh, I miss Europe....

ps. thanks for Name/URL commenting option!

JM said...

The top shot is awesome! Lovely collages of the very cute kids.

sonia a. mascaro said...

What a beautiful place to have a summer family holidays!
Sounds that Paloma and Mattias had a great time. They look adorable!
Love the collage too.

Zhang said...

Quelle chance pour nous que tu n'as pas oublié de rentrer de cet endroit magnifique et de continuer de bloguer! Les enfants sont très mignons! Ils ont beaucoup grandi.

Trotter said...

That's a perfect way to enjoy Sesimbrs... but some nice gambas or lobsters at Tony would be nice also... ;)