The Region

Palmela / Azeitão / Sesimbra
The History

The History

Palmela

The human occupation of the Palmela region dates back to olden days.

Data confirmed by archology revealed traces to the Palaeolithic period and to Roman, Islamic and medieval times.

The history of the village is closely linked to the history of the Military Order of Santiago.

The seat of this Military Order was only permanently fixed in Palmela in 1443, after the end of the Recapture, during the master’s degree of Prince John, son of King John I of Portugal.

The location of the seat remained the same until the abolishment of the Religious Orders in 1834.

Azeitão

Located on a beautiful, fertile region with pleasant weather conditions, as well as close to Lisbon, Azeitão attracted high nobility that settled into their summer homes, palaces, manors and estates.

In 1360, King Peter I of Portugal validated the privileges of the settlement.

The town was considered a villa by King Joseph I of Portugal, Azeitão (including São Lourenço and São Simão) had a life of their own until 1855, the year it became a part of the Setúbal municipality.

Sesimbra

Sesimbra is a very old settlement located on the Nature Park of Arrábida.

Its occupation dates back to prehistoric times.

It was conquered and reconquered, and only in 1199 did it receive free colonizers by the hand of King Sancho I of Portugal, who granted it a charter in 1201.

During the 13th and 14th centuries, the fishing community settled close to the beach near the Ribeira de Sesimbra area.

At the end of the 15th century, and first half of the 16th century, the riverside settlement developed as the main core, leaving behind the medieval village within the walls of the castle, a place that was progressively abandoned.

Fishing, maritime trade and shipbuilding had a huge development alongside the urban growth.

Sesimbra was integrated in the Military Order of Santiago territory in 1236, by King Sancho II of Portugal.

Sesimbra

Sesimbra is a very old settlement located on the Nature Park of Arrábida.

Its occupation dates back to prehistoric times.

It was conquered and reconquered, and only in 1199 did it receive free colonizers by the hand of King Sancho I of Portugal, who granted it a charter in 1201.

During the 13th and 14th centuries, the fishing community settled close to the beach near the Ribeira de Sesimbra area.

At the end of the 15th century, and first half of the 16th century, the riverside settlement developed as the main core, leaving behind the medieval village within the walls of the castle, a place that was progressively abandoned.

Fishing, maritime trade and shipbuilding had a huge development alongside the urban growth.

Sesimbra was integrated in the Military Order of Santiago territory in 1236, by King Sancho II of Portugal.

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