By Train -- From Lisbon, the bus is a better choice. Rail passengers go to Setúbal by train and then have to double back on a bus to get to Sesimbra.
By Bus -- Buses to Sesimbra leave regularly from Lisbon's Praça de Espanha (Metro: Palhavã) and from Cacilhas, across the Tagus from the center of Lisbon. The 1-hour trip costs 5.50€. For information and schedules, call Transportes Sul do Tejo (tel. 21/223-30-71; www.tsuldotejo.pt).
By Car -- From Lisbon, cross the Ponte do 25 de Abril bridge and continue southwest on the expressway to Setúbal. At the junction of N378, head directly south into Sesimbra.
By Ferry -- Take the ferry to Cacilhas from the Praça do Comércio wharf in Lisbon (Metro: Rossio). Then take a bus from Cacilhas.
The tourist office is on Largo da Marinha 26-27 (tel. 21/228-85-40; www.visit.sesimbra.pt). June to September, hours are daily 9am to 8pm; October to May, it's open daily 9am to 12:30pm and 2 to 5:30pm.
Sesimbra has many fairs and festivals during which the town attracts a lot of visitors, making accommodations hard to come by unless reservations are made well in advance. Each year, in February or early March (dates vary), Sesimbra stages Cegadas, which are a series of street theater presentations. Unless you speak Portuguese, it's more interesting for the casual visitor to attend the Festa dos Pescadores (or festival of the fishermen) celebrated every year on May 4. This is the most exciting, biggest, and best festival, but hotels are impossibly crowded in early May because of it. From June 23 to June 30, Sesimbra stages the annual Festival of the Popular Saints, which is an exciting event -- even for non-Catholics. The town is gaily decorated with paper flowers, parades are staged, and live music drifts through the streets.