Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Skip the line
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.
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
Discover the stunning beauty of the Arrábida Natural Park on the Sado River estuary on a full-day sightseeing tour from Lisbon. Following a pick-up from your hotel or apartment, transfer by air-conditioned minivan across the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril), which spans the Tagus River and sets you on course for the coastal town of Cascais. Relax on the 30-minute journey to Arrábida Natural Park, and then marvel at the abundance of trees and beautiful flora. The 108-acre park is one of 30 nationally protected regions and is home to the famous Convento de Nossa Senhora da Arrábida, a former monastery built in the 16th century. Continue through the park, catching glimpses of the golden sand beaches surrounding the Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira). Go to Cabo Espichel and hop out to explore the Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a pilgrim site since the early 18th c...
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.
The 8-hour excursion begins with a drive to Palmela, a town known for its natural beauty. Visit the castle and enjoy magnificent views over the plain between the Tagus and Sado rivers. You’ll see the hills of São Francisco and Arrábida and also the Cristo Rei. Next stop is at the gates of the park, on the grounds of Azeitão. Inside Arrábida Natural Park you’ll learn about the protected area and its native plants and wildlife. You’ll also have an opportunity to relax in Portinho Arrábida. In the afternoon you’ll head to Sesimbra, a fishing village, where you’ll enjoy a walk along the coastal way that extends through the village. Visit the castle, now a National Monument. Continue on to Cabo Espichel for stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and stop for a wine tasting.
Delightful end to our week in Portugal. The seaside towns were dreamy and walking along the beach was perfect. Our guide, Antonio, Was knowledgeable, helpful and made sure that everything was perfect. 10/10
Become a SeaView explorer and discover and learn more about the aquatic world of the Luís Saldanha Marine Park and Maritime Reserve with a SeaView board. Join an easy activity that's suitable for all ages, ideal for groups of friends, couples, families and team building activities. Additionally, enjoy a boat tour of the Arrábida coast. Depart from the harbor in Sesimbra and be amazed by the beautiful coastal scenery while you head to isolated spots waiting to be discovered on your SeaView board. Once there, feel free to explore the amazing seafloor and the aquatic life of Arrabida's crystal clear waters as well the small caves brimming with mussels and clamshells. Receive a complimentary GoPro to use during your activity to record this unforgettable experience.
Enjoy a boat tour along the coast of Lisbon and observe the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park from a totally different perspective. Cruise between the small and hidden treasures Arrábida offers and past the best beaches near Lisbon, including the award-winning Ribeira do Cavalo and the Praia da Mijona beaches. Stop in the Gregorian gardens to enjoy the view over the bay and visit old warehouses from the 1960s. Experience the wonderful scenery resting over calm waters with the lights shimming from Sesimbra city center. Take in all of this while tasting some of the best wines of the region before returning to the starting point.
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Thanks to Filipe for this experience! We already knew him from his surfing lessons. (which we totally recommend as well). We enjoyed the blue water, the nature, good weather and the great talks with Filipe. Overall he gave us great tipps and told us a lot about Arrabida. We totally recommend it. Blessings, Mathea and Laura
Felipe is a true job master! Trust him to bring you to the right place at the right time. We snorkel in a beautiful bay of the National park. Highly recommended experience, different from the usual ones, for the tourists visiting Lisbon.
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
Exciting experience - snorkeling on an (almost) lonely beach.
An excellent morning exploring the paradise of Arrábida.