The Project


The history of the town of Sesimbra is intimately linked to fishing and fish. The first archaeological evidence that demonstrates the town’s link to fishing dates back approximately 5000 years. In Roman times, there was a consolidated fishing industry that supplied the conservation and salting complex identified next to the bay. In the sixteenth century, Sesimbra sent sardines to the court of Madrid.

Today, Sesimbra remains one of Portugal’s most important fishing ports. Its fish is renowned for its freshness and unique flavour – the result of artisanal techniques that have been perfected by sailors over the centuries, and a privileged geographical location, at the confluence of two estuaries: the Tagus and Sado.