Arrabida Natural Park
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  • Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

    1. Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

    This full-day tour begins as you head south from Lisbon to Setúbal, a picturesque region best known for its fishing port. In Setúbal, board a fully restored salt galleon, or a modern catamaran (depending on weather and sea conditions), for a relaxing and enjoyable cruise in the Sado Estuary, where you’ll learn about the resident bottlenose dolphins and hopefully be able to observe wild dolphins in their natural environment. The duration of the cruise takes about 2 to 3 hours. See the natural reserve of Arrábida, take in the stunning views, and learn about the area’s history and gastronomy. See the Arrábida Convent and discover some important historical sites before returning to the old city center of Setúbal. Before returning to Lisbon, stop at a few sights in the Arrabida Mountain range, from where you can marvel at the natural reserve and get a land view of all the region.

    Rod our very appreciated tour guide did an excellent job leading us throughout the day. He was very very knowlegeable about history, plants, animals, politics, everything :-)…he adapted schedule to best serve us, shown us trom the fortaleza of sao filipe where the dolphins could be, and finally on the boat we ve spotted many of them quite clise..great day great tour

  • Portinho da Arrábida: Coasteering Trip

    2. Portinho da Arrábida: Coasteering Trip

    Coasteering is a multi-activity that uses various sports modalities such as trekking, climbing, swimming, abseiling, caving and many jumps into the water. The coasteering circuit is located in one of the most extraordinary places, on the border between the Arrábida Mountain Nature Park and the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, with its crystalline green waters. Venture into one of the most beautiful places in Portugal and enjoy a fun day full of activities.

    Fantastic ! David & Anibal are very attentive. The experience is complete and adapted to each level : jump, climb, swim, potholing.. We had a great experience

  • Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

    3. Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

    Cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to the south side and visit a medieval castle with an archaeological museum inside. Travel through the dense forest to the immense Portuguese coast surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with beautiful beaches to explore. Located next to the sea, between Setúbal and the fishing town of Sesimbra, Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty. Here, see how the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs and the depths of the green vegetation that covers the mountain range. Have lunch in a sunny fisherman village, and taste the fresh flavors of the Portuguese fish-based gastronomy. Passing through the dense forest, visit an old sanctuary on the top of a dramatic cliff by the sea, and discover astonishing landscapes. Enjoy a wine tasting session with one of the most prestigious local wine producers.

    We had a great experience with Cesar. The fishing village of Sesimbra and the beach are delightful and the wine tour was super informative and relaxed! The nice views from the Arrabida mountains were an added bonus! Cesar is very passionate about the local culture and food and we had a very pleasant time.

  • Arrábida National Park: Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

    4. Arrábida National Park: Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

    Glide across the gorgeous waters of Arrábida Natural Park on a stand-up paddleboard and take in breathtaking views of the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park.

    Enjoy calm waters, a vast sea coast, and pleasant weather, all of which make the ideal conditions for paddleboarding.

    Meet your guide at Creiro Beach, where your activity begins. After a quick safety briefing and instructions, get kitted out and take to the waters. Paddle along the sea and through the coves of Serra da Arrábida and the Marina Professor Luís Saldanha Reserve. Pass by deserted beaches and local vegetation before returning to the beach.

  • Lisbon: Hiking in Arrábida Natural Park

    5. Lisbon: Hiking in Arrábida Natural Park

    These walking tours are a great way to explore the Arrábida Natural Park. Your guide will be a local who knows this region extremely well. They will help you discover it’s hidden secrets, while providing information about the local biodiversity, geology, history, culture and much more. The half-day hiking tour in Arrábida has between 6 to 8 kilometers and a maximum ascents/descents of approximately 130 meters. With a medium difficulty level, they are entirely made in the Arrábida Natural Park which is a mountain that rises above one of the most beautiful Portuguese coastlines and one of the most beautiful natural protected areas of the Lisbon region. The objective of this tour is to provide you with an activity where you can feel the mountain and the sea, in perfect harmony.

  • Arrábida Natural Park: Wild Canoeing from Sesimbra

    6. 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.

  • Arrábida: Stand Up Paddle & Snorkeling Experience

    7. Arrábida: Stand Up Paddle & Snorkeling Experience

    Cruise across the gorgeous waters of Arrábida Natural Park and enjoy views of the biological diversity of Marine Park Luiz Saldanha. Enjoy the ideal conditions for stand up paddle that the area offers: calm, clear waters, a vast sea coast, and pleasant weather. Quickly learn the techniques of riding and paddling a SUP board from expert instructors. Once you’re comfortable on the water, paddle along the coves of Serra da Arrábida and the Marina Professor Luís Saldanha Reserve, through deserted and narrow beaches between the rocks. Finish the activity with snorkelling session and look out for marine life

  • Lisbon: SSI Basic Diver Certification

    8. Lisbon: SSI Basic Diver Certification

    Get the perfect introduction to diving with the SSI Basic Diver program which has been designed to offer you a taste of scuba diving. Discover the underwater world within the protected area of the Professor Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, enjoying the most extensive biodiversity in Europe, before starting your official certification program. The program is internationally recognised by SSI (Scuba Schools International) and Wild Sea Europe. Start your program with a theoretical session, including a security briefing and environmental awareness session. Then, enjoy 2 scuba diving sessions: 1 adaptation dive in confined waters, with some exercises to improve your water comfort level, and 1 exploration dive within the protected area of the Professor Luis Saldanha Marine Park in order to truly experience scuba diving. After your program, receive a free e-course on Marine Ecology, in addition to ...

  • Sesimbra: Eco-friendly Dolphin Watching Tour

    9. Sesimbra: Eco-friendly Dolphin Watching Tour

    Enjoy a unique experience as you observe dolphins in their natural habitat and help locate and collect the harmful plastic which pollutes the waters. Learn more about the importance of environmental conservation and protection. Depart by boat from Sesimbra and search for species of dolphin that inhabit the coastline. Try to spot both common and bottlenose dolphins, as well as a variety of other marine species with your expert marine ecologist guide. Explore the entire coastline of the Arrábida Natural Park up to the Sado River. Discover the estuary which is a point of prime importance for dolphins conservation. Dolphins live here all year round, one of the few locations of its kind in Europe.

  • Hiking to Highest Limestone Cliff in Europe

    10. Hiking to Highest Limestone Cliff in Europe

    This hiking experience involves a relatively long route (12.7 km), with a medium-high difficulty level. This tour is a truly wild adventure with an average duration of 7 hours. After the transfer from your accommodation, the hike begins in the remote village of Pedreiras, located at the base of Mount Arrábida. The landscape is full of magnificent bushes and oak trees that surround you as you walk. You will head towards the cliff slope via zig-zagging paths through the middle of dense vegetation. When you reach the top of the Mountain, the sea will suddenly appear. This is the highest cliff in continental Europe and is an excellent place to rest and admire the surrounding landscape.

    I highly recommend taking this tour if you enjoy hiking and the outdoors! I received hotel pick-up and drop-off from Lisbon to the hiking trail. The trail itself was absolutely beautiful and the views were incredible! Andre was a great guide, very knowledgeable and fun to hike with. It was the perfect day trip and my favorite day from my entire vacation!

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What people are saying about Arrabida Natural Park

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We had a great experience with Cesar. The fishing village of Sesimbra and the beach are delightful and the wine tour was super informative and relaxed! The nice views from the Arrabida mountains were an added bonus! Cesar is very passionate about the local culture and food and we had a very pleasant time.

This day tour is highly recommended !! It was a wonderful day, it was incredibly beautiful and super interesting what we learned about the dolphins. Great tour - great guide! Highly Recommended!! Thank you so much!

Joao is the nicest guide I have ever met. He showed and explained us everything, we has nice chats and it was amazing seeing all the dolphins! An unforgettable experience!

Fantastic ! David & Anibal are very attentive. The experience is complete and adapted to each level : jump, climb, swim, potholing.. We had a great experience

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