About the Venue:
IOLTS 2009 will be held in Sesimbra Hotel & SPA, one of the Finest Resorts of the area.
The hotel is located in a long beach with warm and calm waters 30km south of Lisbon.
Portugalís capital is famous for its monuments, museums and rich cultural life.
Although it boasts a range of must-see sights, its biggest pleasures are its streetlife and setting, admired from a pavement cafe or simply by wandering around the atmospheric old quarters.
Sesimbra is a tiny fishing village in a sheltered bay overlooked by a Moorish castle that also encloses a 12th century church and affords wonderful views from its ramparts.
In the old town is a 17th century fort overlooking the sea, a good starting point for a scenic walk before hitting the beach that, although crowded in the summer, has unpolluted waters ideal for swimming.
In late afternoon the fishing boats return and there's a fish auction on the dockside. That same fresh fish can be sampled at one of the several restaurants along the shore.
A short drive or a 30-minute bus journey from Sesimbra leads to windswept Cabo Espichel, quite a mystical and eerie cape.
The views of the coast and ocean are stunning, with cliffs dropping almost vertically several hundred feet into the Atlantic.
In such a dramatic and pristine setting, it is not surprising that large dinosaur footprints were found nearby on Lagosteiros Beach.