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Palmela and Arrabida 4x4

1. Palmela and Arrabida 4x4

Lagoa de Albufeira - A beautiful and well preserved beach just 20 km south of Lisbon. The natural lagoon is ideal for windsurfing, canoeing or just walking around. A parasol and sunglasses are recommended, especially for children. Espichel Cape - The Cape Espichel is a predominantly located west of Sesimbra village. The location is famous for its sanctuary complex, built extremely close to the edge of the tall cliffs, including a church still in use today. The architectonic set called the "Shrine of Our Lady of Mua Stone", is undoubtedly the most important and characteristic in the area. The cult of Our Lady of the Cape is lost in the mists of time, and its credible that prior to their worship - from the XV century -. Cape Espichel was already an important center of pilgrimage. From 1715, the large influx of pilgrims to Cabo forced the construction of hostels, houses and shops. Here, there are four major sights; the lighthouse, the Santuário de Nossa Senhora, the small Chapel of Ermida da Memória and the dinosaur footprints dated from the Jurassic Era. The church was constructed by King Dom.Pedro II in 1701. The interior follows the simplistic baroque designs and most of the marble was mined from Arrábida.  Overlooking the cliffs on the edge of Cape Espichel is the Chapel of Remembrance, a small temple implanted precisely at the spot where tradition says that the Virgin appeared. Cabo Espichel is ideal for tourists who enjoy raw stunning scenery and uninhabited landscape with stunning views and rugged coastal walks overlooking the Atlantic. Arrabida Natural Park - A road trip through the starkly beautiful Serra da Arrábida is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a day out of Lisbon. The wild, craggy mountain range rises 500 meters over the bay of Setúbal, and encompasses the protected Parque Natural da Arrábida. Blanketed with verdant woodland and scrub, this stunning landscape is home to a fascinating variety of flora and fauna, and it's possible to park the car and follow a number of signed nature trails. For the most dramatic views, follow the Estrada de Escarpa (N379-1), a narrow winding coastal road that snakes past Sesimbra all the way to Cabo Espichel, a precipitous headland topped by a lighthouse. Bacalhoa museum and winery - Take part in an unforgettable visit of Quinta da Bacalhoa, and discover its history which brings together wine, nature and art.  During the tour, take the opportunity to taste the wines and fully appreciate the pleasure which can be found in the degustation of wines. From the tasting room, admire the tranquil scene of the Japanese garden, in which some of the works of the sculptor Niizuma are exhibited, along with a Kaki tree, the 'great-granddaughter' of the only tree to survive the Nagasaki bomb.  Azeitão - Beyond the excellent wines, Palmela region has a unique cheese (Azeitão's cheese), considered by some specialists the best cheese in the world. For those who appreciate pastry the Tortas de Azeitão are irresistible temptations. Palmela village - The town's name comes from its Roman founder, Cornelius (Palmella). Palmela, once a fortress, was conquered by the Portuguese in the 12th century. The town is located up a hill in the Arrábida mountains. The castle offers a wonderful view over the whole region, including Lisbon, and the Atlantic Coast. It was a strategic place in past centuries, and today it's still a main place to visit. Palmela is an important Portuguese wine region. The principal grapes of the region include Alfrocheiro, Arinto, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Fernão Pires, Muscat of Alexandria, Periquita, Rabo de Ovelha, Roupeiro, Tamarez and Tinta Amarela. The soil of the area is predominately limestone with good drainage potential for the cultivation of red wine varieties. Palmela first gained attention for its off dry white wines made from Muscat grapes harvested early, but has recently turned its attention to producing dry red and white table wines. Quinta da Bacalhoa, JP, Ermelinda de Freitas, Periquita are examples of well -known Palmela brands. Cristo Rei - On May 17, 1959, the Shrine of Christ-King is inaugurated. On that day, 300.000 people wanted to be present to celebrate Christ, King and Redeemer, and the statue was then built.

Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

2. 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: South City Sights and Cultural Tour with Wine

3. 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: Snorkeling and Wine Tasting in Arrábida

4. Lisbon: Snorkeling and Wine Tasting in Arrábida

Leave the busy city of Lisbon behind and spend the day exploring the landscapes of Arrábida Natural Park. On the way, soak up epic views of the Arrábida Mountains and the sweeping coastal cliffs.  Explore the sprawling greenery of the park and listen to your guide share information about the wildlife here. Later, cool off from the heat with a swim in the crystal clear waters and go snorkeling in search of colorful marine life. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby fishing village (at own expense). Taste the flavors of Portuguese cuisine followed by a wine tasting session of prestigious local wines. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, return to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Arrábida National Park, Azeitão and Winery Tour

5. From Lisbon: Arrábida National Park, Azeitão and Winery Tour

Go beyond the typical sights and discover some of Portugal's best-kept secrets on this guided day trip from Lisbon. Explore the lush Arrábida Natural Park, Azeitão, Portuguese wines and delicacies and more with a local guide. Begin by experiencing the magnificent nooks and crannies, breathtaking views and magical landscapes of Arrábida Natural Park. The green of the Serra meets the turquoise of the Mar, through the Branco sand in this pristine natural setting. Then discover Azeitão ─ a land of premium wines and gastronomic delights. Visit one of the oldest wineries in Portugal and taste its nectars: Periquita Tinto and Moscatel Roxo. Take advantage of the guided tour of the Cellars to learn more about the Setúbal Peninsula wines. Visit the most regional winery and connect with the local community while tasting homemade wines and cheeses! Find the best moments of your stay in Lisbon, washed down with authentic wines, stunning landscapes and warm people!

Azeitão: Private Full-Day Wine Experience from Lisbon

6. Azeitão: Private Full-Day Wine Experience from Lisbon

Get a true taste of Portugal and explore some of the country's best wineries. On this tour from Lisbon, visit four wineries among the best in this important wine region.  After being picked up from Lisbon, you will be transported via air-conditioned minivan as you set off to explore the cellars of four of the region's wine producers. Visit 4 from the following wineries: José Maria da Fonseca, Quinta da Bacalhoa, Venâncio Costa Lima, Quinta do Piloto, Casa Mãe, Malo Tojo, Horácio Simões and Xavier Santana. If you have any specific requests, don't hesitate to tell your guide, who will do their best to provide you with the perfect tour. Due to availability, your guide cannot guarantee any specific wineries, though you will always visit four of the above. 

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Can’t say enough good things about this tour! First, the timing: it was so nice to have an option that didn’t start super early, yet still had you home in time for dinner. As for the stops we made: great! Just a small bit of physical activity - trust me, if my short, chubby, old body can handle it, so can yours - with a VERY good payoff! The lookouts were sublime, even with a bit of fog, and it was wonderful to leave the driving to a most capable guide so I could enjoy the views :) the wineries we visited were a good combo of idyllic vineyard views and a tour of a well-established winery. André was an engaging, informative and patient guide who felt more like a friend at the end. Obrigada for a lovely afternoon!

The tour was super interesting. The places to visit that our guide Luis chose were great: vantage points with wonderful views of Lisbon and the surrounding area, beautiful views of great beaches, and finally a visit to a winery with a delicious sample! Absolutely recommendable, and especially our very friendly guide Luis!

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.

Very nice day tour away from the tourist crowds. Lots of information about the country and culture. Also cool off-road section along the coast. Stop in a very good restaurant by the sea. We had a lot of fun. Definitely to be recommended

A very exclusive look at the natural beauty of this coast. 200-year old pine trees, beautiful estuaries and beaches. We enjoyed the exclusivity of having access to the beach and seaside restaurant.