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  • 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.

  • Sesimbra and Arrábida National Park Tour with Wine Tasting

    2. Sesimbra and Arrábida National Park Tour with Wine Tasting

    Spend a full day exploring the Setubal region of Portugal on a tour that takes you through the countryside to see castles and taste wine. Begin your trip by crossing the Tagus River on your way to the impressive Cabo Espiche on the westernmost point of the Sesimbra coastline. Then, it is time to go to the fishing town of Sesimbra and visit a Moorish castle. This seaport town also boasts plenty of beaches and restaurants serving fresh seafood. Nearby is Arrábida Natural Park, located on the shore of the Sado River estuary. Visit the famous beaches of Portinho da Arrábida and Figueirinha, before heading to Setubal for a fish lunch! After lunch you will make your way to the astonishing Arrabida Mountain. This is a protected (Arrabida Natural Park) area. Here you will visit a a small local family owned cellar in the middle of the peaceful Arrabida Mountain to learn more about how this pre...

    Our guide Tanya was helpful and personable, making this an enjoyable day. The minivan was clean, modern and in good condition. The locations were photogenic, and, with Tanya's input, interesting. We departed the schedule by having a longer lunch in Sesimbra than expected, but this was no problem. The wine tasting was enjoyable, and the wines reasonably priced to buy. A good day, recommended. All reasonable covid precautions were taken.

  • Arrábida: Full-Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting

    3. Arrábida: Full-Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting

    Your private full-day Arrábida tour begins with a drive over Lisbon’s 25 de Abril bridge en route to the Arrábida ridge. Stop to visit the Albufeira lagoon, a popular spot for kayaking, kite surfing, and windsurfing. You’ll also visit the largely unexplored beach at Praia das Bicas, and take in the views of the ocean from the cliffs above, with the Sintra ridge in the background. At Cabo Espichel you’ll visit the sanctuary and church of Nossa Senhora do Cabo and the aqueduct, and then make a brief stop to see the dinosaur footprints. Head up to the Sesimbra Castle and take in the views of the fishing village below. Your driver will then take you into Sesimbra, a fishing village located on a calm bay, where you can enjoy fish and seafood of exceptional quality and take a walk along the breakwater near the beach. You’ll make your way down through Portinho da Arrábida to an idyllic whit...

    The tour was perfectly organized. The guides were very professional. The selection of wine cellars was perfect. The choice of smaller cellars was very good. This is really what is making the difference. This was really a very enyoing day.

  • Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

    4. 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.

  • South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

    5. South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

    Learn how tiles became one of Portugal's icons and delve deep into their manufacturing. Drink the best regional wines and discover the process behind getting the grape to your glass. Get picked up by your local guide at your accommodation. Make your way south crossing the iconic Tejo River by Vasco da Gama Bridge, one of the longest in Europe. Continue to Palmela Castle, which has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Due to its privileged and strategic location, it’s one of Portugal’s oldest castles and home to stunning views for both Tejo & Sado River. Move onward to Arrábida Mountain, integrated into the protected Arrábida Natural Park. Marvel at its beauty. Hidden between the trees, turned towards the ocean, find yourself at the Arrábida Convent! Your next stop is the Tile Factory. Travel back in time at this one-of-a-kind handmade factory that still uses centuries-old techniqu...

  • Hiking to Highest Limestone Cliff in Europe

    6. 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!

  • Arrábida and Sintra: Full-Day Private Wine Tour

    7. Arrábida and Sintra: Full-Day Private Wine Tour

    After pick-up from your hotel, leave Lisbon via the 25 de Abril bridge, heading towards the Arrábida ridge. Climb up to the top of the Serra da Arrábida. You will have no words to describe the incredible landscape presented in front of you! To the north you will be able to see the entire city of Lisbon, the mountains of S. Luís, S. Francisco, Louro and Gaiteiros. And to the south, the crystal clear blue sea, the islets, the Tróia peninsula and the city of Setúbal. The next stop will be one of the oldest wineries in the region, which started activity in 1914. Being a family business, this winery is now on its fourth generation. The winery produces some famous wines, ranging from table wines to demarcated wines (with Designation of Origin). Here you will have the opportunity to sample typical regional products in addition to the traditional wine tastings. Next visit Sintra, the capital ...

  • Arrábida and Sintra: Two Magic Mountains Day Tour

    8. Arrábida and Sintra: Two Magic Mountains Day Tour

    The Arrábida National Park extends over an area that covers the municipalities of Setúbal, Palmela and Sesimbra. Come and discover the beauty of the Arrábida mountains, with their unique fauna and vegetation, and their striking landscapes. Enjoy a walk along the incredible beaches with their crystal-clear water. Serra da Arrábida – A climb up to the top of the ridge. You will have no words to describe the incredible landscape presented in front of you! To the north you will be able to see the entire city of Lisbon, the mountains of S. Luís, S. Francisco, Louro and Gaiteiros. And to the south, the crystal clear blue sea, the islets, the Tróia peninsula and the city of Setúbal. The climb down will be through Portinho da Arrábida, s paradisiacal beach with crystal clear water and white sand in the mouth of the river Sado. It can’t be missed! Next cross the 25 de Abril bridge and visit the ...

  • Lisbon: South City Sights and Cultural Tour with Wine

    9. Lisbon: South City Sights and Cultural Tour with Wine

    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, 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, you'll visit an old sanctuary on the top of a dramatic cliff by the sea, and discover astonishing landscapes. Enjoy a  wine tasting session in one of the most prestigious local wine producer.

  • Arrábida and Setúbal: Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

    10. Arrábida and Setúbal: Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

    Depart Lisbon at 09:00 on a unique and unforgettable day touring some of the loveliest countryside in Portugal. Visit Bacalhôa Palace, with its collection of Portuguese tiles from the 15th and 16th centuries, and the Bacalhôa wine cellar in Azeitão. During the afternoon, you can also enjoy an optional visit to Palmela Castle. On this 8-hour private tour from Lisbon, you’ll travel to Arrábida, a mountain chain between Sesimbra and Setúbal that offers stunning views of the Tróia Peninsula and the Atlantic Ocean. The region is also known for its fine white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, tasty fresh fish and Moscatel wines. Setúbal is a region that’s home to more than 250 wine producers, and most of them offer wine tasting! The tour ends back at your Lisbon hotel at around 18:30.

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What people are saying about Arrabida Natural Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 475 reviews

Excellent circuit yet very badly started by bad weather. that said, in the rain the landscapes are magnificent then in the sun it must be exceptional. Joao, our guide knew by his kindness and his culture to make us discover a whole journey of Portugal that we did not know. We loved it and we hope to spend a few days of vacation with our family there. Thanks again Joao

Memorable!

Thanks to Filipe, our guide, for the incredible day that the children and I spent !! It was good advice. Her kindness added a little extra during the excursion. The excursion to the dolphin observatory was more than memorable. Thank you for everything !! Alexandra, Thomas and Noah

Our guide, Nuno, was exceptional. He knew exactly where to take us ...and the scenery, sites, towns were breathtaking. I highly recommend this tour, and make sure to eat at Restinguinha in Setubal.

joão was such an amazing, knowledgeable and lovely Tour Guide! loved every minute of the Tour and felt very safe! the Tour has been the Highlight of our vacation

Very successful trip

It was really a very successful trip in an optimal small group with a very hard-working and friendly tour guide.