Human impacts on marine functional connectivity

Welcome to Sesimbra

The municipality of Sesimbra is located on the Setúbal Peninsula, about 40 kilometers from Lisbon and 30 kilometers from Setúbal.

​​​​​​Sesimbra has a unique geographic setting, with an Atlantic coast of over 40 kilometers, that stretches from Lagoa de Albufeira to Serra da Arrábida. On the west coast are the long sandy shores of Meco and, to the south, the imposing cliffs of the Espichel Cape, and the small, sheltered coves among which is Ribeiro de Cavalo, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal.

The village of Sesimbra overlooks the bay, with its old houses. To the west, the landscape is dominated by the harbour, where the hustle and bustle of fishing and its traditions converge with tourist activities such as diving, sailing or canoeing.

The bay is surrounded by two beaches of fine sand: Califórnia and Ouro. At the centre of the sandy shore, stands the imposing and beautiful Fortress of Santiago and to the east the landscape is shaped by the cliffs of Serra do Risco and Arrábida.

​Symposium venue

Cineteatro Municipal João Mota, Avenida da Liberdade 46, 2970-635 Sesimbra

Get directions via Google Maps.​

Workshop venues

Please see the conference programme.​


In the coastal areas of central Portugal spring is usually mild whilst summer is hot and dry. Rain is more frequent in the autumn and the spring.

In Sesimbra, there are often warm, sunny days in the springtime with average temperatures in May around 23ºC maximum and 14ºC minimum.​

Information on food

Morning and afternoon coffee breaks will be provided at the venue. Conference dinner tickets will be available for purchase at the venue (35€). Lunches are not provided and lunch cost is not included in the symposia registration.

Historically Sesimbra is an important fishing town, and many restaurants are famed for their seafood menus, but there are many options available to eat, from snacks to fine dining, within walking distance from the venue. 

Suggestions for local restaurants

Price range €: Tasca do Isaías, Casa Pinhal, SnackBar Palmeira, Cantinho da Regina, Sesimbrense, O Golfinho, Blackcoffee, Picante

​Price range €€: O Canhão, Casa Mateus, O Rodinhas, O Velho e o Mar, O Pescador, Pintarola, Casa de Pasto, O Farol, Petisqueira Remo, Pedra Alta, Aloha Café, Formiga

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