Arrabida Natural Park
Canoe & Kayak Tours

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Our most recommended Arrabida Natural Park Canoe & Kayak Tours

  • Kayak Trip to Arrabida Park

    1. Kayak Trip to Arrabida Park

    Meet your guide in Lisbon and drive to the village of Sesimbra to begin your kayaking adventure. Once you've gotten set up with all necessary equipment and listened to some brief instructions from your guide, paddle up the coast of Arrábida Natural Park, the area with the highest limestone cliffs in Europe. Learn about these incredible rock formations as you go. Over 18 million years old, the Arrábida limestone cliffs and the incredible calcarium landscape they form are the basis for the word "California," for which the U.S. state is named. With this landscape as your background, journey up the coast, marveling at the numerous pristine beaches tucked away in coves at the base of the cliffs. Spot caves and rocky passages as your guide regales you with local lore. Arrive at Ribeiro do Cavalo beach, awash in beautiful colors and hidden away in a narrow cove with picturesque rock formation...

    It was an amazing experience. Physically tiring but totally worth it. Prepare for sharpening coordination skills with your co-traveler.

  • From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

    2. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

    Depart from Sesimbra and discover the beauty of Arrábida Natural Park. Enter the protected area to explore the different types of habitats, from the mountains to the sea. Venture along the coast by kayak to locate sacred caves that are only accessible by boat. Encounter small beaches of breathtaking beauty as you make your way towards the remarkable karst formation of the Gruta do Frade. Soak up the amazing scenery and get up close to the impressive rock formations with the help of your guide. Then, make your way back towards Sesimbra and stop at the tranquil beach of Ribeiro do Cavalo. Enjoy a snack and go for a swim in the transparent waters, surrounded by breathtaking rocks. Taste some typical sweets from the region to end your amazing experience.

    Fantastic 3 hours of Kayaking with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Great value and fantastic scenery with a small private beach stop too...!

  • Lisbon: Sesimbra Kayak Discovery Experience

    3. Lisbon: Sesimbra Kayak Discovery Experience

    This discovery tour by kayak is 3-hour guided tour which begins from the Bork outdoor center in Sesimbra Harbour. The tour travels through the Bay of Sesimbra, before also traveling along the beautiful coast of Arrabida Nature Park and Luiz de Saldanha Maritime Reserve. Your guide/instructor will help you find your way, as you explore the cliffs, caves, and other geological wonders during the tour. You’ll also have time to rest and enjoy a snack on Praia do Ribeiro do Cavalo, one of Portugal’s areas which contains crystal clear waters. You will then paddle back toward Sesimbra Harbour, where your tour began. This tour by kayak is the best way to have fun with family and friends while admiring unique landscapes and taking amazing souvenir photos.

    5-star experience, amazing, helpful guide, beautiful beach and ocean! Thank you Miguel for making our holiday memorable! We will come back definitely to go for a dolhins watch! ;)

  • Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

    4. Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

    Take in a unique experience designed for those who want adventure and nature activities. The region of the Arrábida Natural Park and the Marine Park Luiz Saldanha offers the ideal conditions for Kayaking: good weather, clear and transparent waters, and a vast sea coast to explore.  Enjoy 2 hours of kayaking along the coast where you can admire one of the most scenic views of Portugal. Enjoy the quiet and narrow beaches between rocks and secret caves along the Serra da Arrábida.  Stop at Pedra da Anicha, a small island of clear and transparent waters. Take your time to snorkel and explore the great biological diversity, cracks, and underwater cavities that provide an excellent diving experience.

    Very peaceful morning kayaking close to the shore and snorkelling. We saw sea urchin, fish and sea cucumber. Our guides Filipa and Andrea were lovely.

  • Arrábida Natural Park: Wild Canoeing from Sesimbra

    5. Arrábida Natural Park: Wild Canoeing from Sesimbra

    Get in harmony with nature on a canoe trip through the Luís Saldanha Marine Park in the Arrábida Natural Park and see one of the most beautiful cliffs in Europe from a different perspective. Paddle along the coastline of Sesimbra and around the magnificent landscape, dominated by impressive escarpments and inlets. Encounter the marine life and discover the sea caves, pristine beaches and coves of the rugged landscape. Benefit from the services of a guide with expert knowledge of the region and learn all its secrets. Enjoy a 30-minute break to relax on a deserted beach before returning to Sesimbra. 

    Nice activity at the beautiful coast, guides speak English very well. The sea is still cold in august, but good to swim.

  • Sesimbra: Eco-Summer Academy

    6. Sesimbra: Eco-Summer Academy

    Make a difference to the environment whilst enjoying your vacation. With this comprehensive activity plan appropriate for ages 10 and older, you will learn about the magnificent Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, which is home to some of Europe's richest biodiversity. Throughout this educational experience you will also enjoy activities such as the international certification program SSI for scuba diving, an eco boat tour, and stand-up paddling. You'll also receive an introduction to the WildSea Europe community, and will learn about marine ecology. You will of course also have full access to the stunning beach, and can also kayak if you wish. At the conclusion of your experience, you will return back to the tour starting point of the diving center.

  • Arrábida: Kayak Guided Tour

    7. Arrábida: Kayak Guided Tour

    Explore the stunning region of the Arrábida Natural Park and the Marine Park Luiz Saldanha, where you will get the best conditions for Kayaking. Experience clear and transparent waters, good weather, and a vast sea coast to discover.  Enjoy the quiet and narrow beaches between rocks and small caves along the Serra da Arrábida. Make a stop at Pedra da Anicha or Apertuche beach, only accessible by kayak or boat with great biological diversity.

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What people are saying about Arrabida Natural Park

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 483 reviews

Annabelle is a super nice tour guide! The kayaking tour was really nice although mid-way it started pouring rain. Annabelle kept on the good spirit and has a lot of great tips in and around Lisbon as well!

5-star experience, amazing, helpful guide, beautiful beach and ocean! Thank you Miguel for making our holiday memorable! We will come back definitely to go for a dolhins watch! ;)

Fantastic 3 hours of Kayaking with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Great value and fantastic scenery with a small private beach stop too...!

Great experiance! Very well organized, amazing landscape! Definitely recommendation!

Annabelle is an excellent guide and I had a lot of fun kayaking with her.