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Our most recommended Arrabida Natural Park Outdoor Activities

  • 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...!

  • Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

    3. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

    Tour the Arrábida Natural Park, starting at Sesimbra and heading towards Cabo Espichel. Wild beaches, stunning bays, caves, and cliffs are some of the highlights of this magnificent tour. Set out on an adventure to discover all the splendour of this unique ecosystem. The tour will start at the sheltered port of Sesimbra. Firstly, visit the famous Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach. Enjoy the surrounding landscape as you dive and swim in the crystal clear waters. The tour will then proceed to the west where you will visit the mythical beaches of Mijona and Inferno.  Continue along the Arrábida Natural Park and see the famous whaling bay, taking the opportunity to learn a little about the history of the fishermen who used to hunt whales in this same area. Dive and swim in the crystal clear waters of this same beach and enjoy some snorkeling. Typical liquor from the Setubal region will also be served...

  • Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

    4. Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

    Depart from the Marina and search for dolphins in their natural habitat. See bottlenoses dolphins as well as common dolphins in the clear blue waters of the park, without disturbing their natural behaviour.  Observe various forms of wildlife and birds in the park. Swim and sunbathe on some of Portugal's most beautiful beaches, only accessible by sea. Visit caves and rock formations along the entire coastline of the park and hear of the mysterious history during the XVIII century from your local guide.

  • Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

    5. 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

  • Lisbon: Arrábida Snorkeling Adventure

    6. Lisbon: Arrábida Snorkeling Adventure

    Discover Arrábida, a magical place with breathtaking seas, sky, and mountains. See the Arrábida mountain's most beautiful high coastal cliffs along a calm and crystal blue sea. It is a place of high contrasts, with a very rich geological, ecological and cultural heritage linked with agriculture, fishing and cuisine.  Your 5-hour package includes snorkeling in the Arrábida waters, sightseeing and a trek through the mountains, or over the shadows of its valleys and peaks. Along the coastline several beaches await for you, with fine, warm sand, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Through the green vegetation of the Natural Park, there are clearings that unveil unique perspectives of the beaches and the sea. Experience all this in one day, and take the opportunity to dive into the amazing waters and discover the wildlife that is part of the beautiful coastline.

    We actually ended up doing the surf experience because the weather wasn’t ideal. It was excellent, the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and were great surf instructors. Highly recommend

  • Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

    7. 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.

  • Portinho da Arrábida: Coasteering Trip

    8. 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

    9. 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.

  • Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

    10. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

    Set sail from the harbor of Sesimbra and travel towards the famous Ribeiro do Cavalo beach. Enjoy the surrounding landscape and learn about the microclimate of the region from your guide.  Continue sailing westwards, where you will visit the beautiful beaches of Mijona and Inferno. Sail along the shores of the Arrábida Natural Park and visit "Whale Bay" and learn about the history of whale hunting in the region.  Then, sail towards Cabo Espichel and explore the caves and incredible rock formations dotted along the coast. Finally, enjoy a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine on the boat, before returning to Sesimbra.

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What people are saying about Arrabida Natural Park

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 712 reviews

Nuno was our guide! Excellent...! Our guide was excellent, personable, always remembered every question. He set up such a wonderful day, all we had to do was show up! As people who typically plan our own tours, it was so carefree to have someone organize such specific things and knew the area intimately.

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! ;)

Awesome experience, staff were all so friendly and welcoming and made it a very fun, safe and enjoyable experience. I will be back again!

Everything went well! From booking to monitoring on the boat and enough time with the dolphins

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