Things to do in Azeitao

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Arrábida and Sesimbra Day Tour & Wine Tasting

1. Arrábida and Sesimbra Day Tour & Wine Tasting

Experience the flavors and natural beauty of Portugal on this lovely full-day tour. Heading towards Portugal's Extremadura region, you will travel out of Lisbon over the longest bridge in Europe, the Vasco da Gama Bridge. In Palmela, you will find a Moorish castle offering fantastic photo opportunities. Visit a family estate where you can try homemade wine. Then continue through the mountains of the Arrábida National Park - up to 500 meters or 1,640 feet above sea level- and marvel at the spectacular views of one of Portugal's most beautiful landscapes. The park is also home to many plant and animal species found exclusively in this region. Much of the park is subject to strong protective measures and certain locations can only be accessed with special permission. Time for a short break. Take a relaxed stroll on the beach of Portinho Arrábida and enjoy the cool sea breeze and crisp air. Then, head to the charming fishing village of Sesimbra to have lunch at one of the village's friendly local restaurants with delicious dishes featuring the day's fresh catch. In the summer, cool off with a swim in the Atlantic, or simply go for another walk along the village's inviting beaches. Don't miss your chance to visit the village's beautifully restored church dating back to 1725, or take a walk to explore the Sesimbra Castle. Of course, the perfect follow-up to a delicious meal is great wine. Take part in a guided tour of the José Maria da Fonseca winery, one of the oldest in Portugal. It is still family-owned. Discover the region's outstanding wines at a wine tasting that includes 2 local varieties. As a perfect finale, take in the view over Lisbon from the platform of the Christ the King statue before crossing the 25 de Abril Bridge and heading back to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

2. Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

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 century. Stroll to the nearby cliffs for breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to the Setubal Peninsula to explore the quiet fishing town of Sesimbra. Head to the Moorish Castle high above the town, before a break for lunch (own expense), either in Sesimbra or in the nearby bay of Portinho da Arrábida. Your guide will be happy to provide recommendations. If you selected the optional 3-hour dolphin cruise, rendezvous with your guide and transfer to a luxury catamaran. Cruise the serene waters listening to live onboard narration and keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins. Alternatively, bask in the sun at one of Arrábida’s hidden beaches, or taste traditional food and wine at a local cellar. Transfer back to Lisbon for the end of the tour services, enjoying the splendid views along the way.

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 white sand beach at the mouth of the Sado RIver. Enjoy a climb up to the top of the ridge to marvel at the incredible views! To the north you’ll be able to see the entire city of Lisbon and the surrounding mountains, and to the south, you’ll have views of the crystal-clear blue sea, islets, the Tróia peninsula, and the city of Setúbal. Afterwards, you’ll stop in Azeitão at the cellars of José Maria da Fonseca to taste 6 of the finest regional wines.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Arrábida Tour w/ Transfers

4. From Lisbon: Half-Day Arrábida Tour w/ Transfers

You have a choice of landmarks and attractions that can be worked into a 4-hour program. First, visit Albufeira Lagoon and its warm waters known as a perfect place for kayaking, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Then, visit an almost wild Praia das Bicas, an unexplored beach with clear waters in the Sesimbra area. From the cliffs, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the ocean and of the Sintra ridge in the background. Cabo Espichel is an impressive cliff where you can visit the sanctuary and the Church of Nossa Senhora do Cabo and the aqueduct. Make the most of this incredible landscape by making a toast. Admire the dinosaur footprints at Zambujal. Then at Sesimbra Castle, contemplate the view over the fishing village. Sesimbra is a fishing village located in a bay with calm waters. In the village, you can enjoy fish and seafood of exceptional quality and take a walk along the breakwater near the beach. Afterwards, head to Portinho da Arrábida, a paradisiacal beach with crystal clear waters and white sand in the mouth of the river Sado. It can’t be missed. Serra da Arrábida is 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. Then go to the Azeitão in the cellars of José Maria da Fonseca to have a tasting of the best regional wines and the local delicacy of Tortas de Azeitão.

From Lisbon: Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida

5. From Lisbon: Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida

Discover the Peninsula of Setubal and admire the impressive mountain ranges and beaches. Ride over the 25th of April Bridge and see the other side of the river at Tejo. Enjoy the view of the beautiful coast and the Arrábida mountains, then ride past the wine producers in Palmela, Setúbal and Montijo, where the finest wines are made. Visit Cabo Espichel and its breathtaking landscape. Visit Sesimbra, with its beautiful bay and one of the main fishing ports in Portugal. Continue along the summits of Arrabida Mountain, which gives the name to the Arrabida Nature Park, and on your arrival in Setubal visit the Livramento Market where fresh products from the sea and land are sold from Tuesday to Sunday. A Wine and Cheese tasting will be waiting for you in a quiet environment at the Mourisca Tide Mill in the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve. On your return to Lisbon cross the Vasco da Gama Bridge, one of the longest bridges in the world.

Lisbon: South City Sights and Cultural Tour with Wine

6. 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.

Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

7. 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.

Lisbon: Full-Day Beach and Mountain Adventure in Arrábida

8. Lisbon: Full-Day Beach and Mountain Adventure in Arrábida

Join a full-day adventure to one of the most beautiful nature parks in Portugal. Meet your guide at the front gate of the zoo in Lisbon and head towards one of the top European beach destinations. Upon arrival in Arrabida, gear up and hike to a hidden place in the mountains. Enjoy outdoor rock climbing on beginner-friendly walls for people with no previous experience. Enjoy some complimentary coffee and water during the morning. Enjoy some leisure time and swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Arrabida. After a relaxing and fun time at the beach, drive to the highest viewpoint of the mountain. From there, take in beautiful panoramic views over the coast of Arrabida. Then, you'll be driven back to the meeting point in Lisbon.

Lisboa: Azeitão, Setúbal, Arrábida, & Palmela Full-Day Tour

9. Lisboa: Azeitão, Setúbal, Arrábida, & Palmela Full-Day Tour

On this full-day tour, cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to its south bank over the 25 Abril bridge, the 27th largest suspension bridge in the world. See Cristo Rei, a giant statue that was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It was inaugurated on 1959 to express gratitude because the Portuguese were spared the effects of World War II. Its location boasts a fabulous view of Lisbon. Explore Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, a typical villa known for its wine and cheese production as well as regional sweets. Visit a wine cellar with the option of a wine tasting on the day and head to a handmade tile factory for a guided tour and get the opportunity to make your own tile. After this, it's time to explore Arrabida National Park. Driving in the highest mountain road in the park, there will be several stops at the most interesting viewpoints. Break for lunch in Setubal, the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry. Have a lunch of delicious seafood or grilled fish and take a tour through the town. Visit Palmela Castle with its views over the peninsula and Atlantic. Return to Lisbon by the Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest in Europe with a total length of 12.3 km.

Lisbon: Day Tour of Azeitão, Arrábida, Setúbal, Palmela

10. Lisbon: Day Tour of Azeitão, Arrábida, Setúbal, Palmela

Cross the largest suspension bridge in Europe, the 25th of April bridge towards Azeitao. Journey through the stunning Serra da Arrabida mountain range. Stop for lunch and see Fort Sao Filipe in Setubal. Take in the prowess of the Castle of Palmela, and finish the day over the Tagus River. Explore the village of Azeitao, known for its delicious cheeses, right in the center of Arrabida National Park. Admire the region's olive tree's, vinyards, and cork oaks. Partake in a wine tasting at the José Maria da Fonseca. Make your way through the beautiful landscapes of Serra da Arrabida and arrive in Setubal. Enjoy lunch in this thriving and historic town and explore the formidable Fort Sao Filipe, built in 1582. Find yourself in Palmela, and witness the castle of the same name. Pass over the Vasco da Gama Bridge, and finish the tour taking in views of the Tagus River.

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What people are saying about Azeitao

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 273 reviews

What a great tour. Even though the weather was grey we still managed to have a great day of wine tasting and touring the Setubel region. Our tour guide was amazing and full of stories of Portugal’s tumultuous history. It was great to have a small group of 6 people which meant we could take our time at the wine tastings and ask lots of questions. I would recommend this tour to everyone. Thank you.

We had a wonderful day with Jose, our host. We saw the many sites in the nature park and spent time at two beautiful beaches. The wine tasting was excellent and our lunch was also delicious and it provided us with a buffet of traditional dishes.

This was a great tour led by Jose! he was knowledgeable, fun, and went out of his way to make sure we all had a great time. We were 4 couples traveling together, and everyone agreed this was the best day of our time in Lisbon.

Jorge, our guide, was very nice. He was new doing this tour so could have explained a little more as we were driving to locations. Wineries were very different and the wine was very good. Van was new and nice to ride in.

Authentic experience! Driver Carlos was very personable and engaging. The first winery experience was just enough for a novice like me. Sesimbra was simply beautiful. Would definitely recommend to others.