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Lisbon: Kayaking and Snorkeling Adventure

1. Lisbon: Kayaking and Snorkeling Adventure

Maximize your time in Lisbon by experiencing a memorable adventure in the Arrabida Natural Park, and have fun with friends and family kayaking, snorkeling, and exploring caves. Glide along the crystal clear waters of Arrabida in your kayak and enjoy several breaks to explore caves and take an optional opportunity to jump from a cliff. Snorkel next to the iconic Anicha Rock, one of the most recognizable features in the park, and look out for bountiful sea life around you. Relax as you enjoy several breaks to enjoy coffee and snacks, and soak in the fantastic views as you cross the Portuguese answer to the Golden Gate Bridge to and from the park.

From Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park Kayaking and Jeep Tour

2. From Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park Kayaking and Jeep Tour

Discover the beauty of Arrábida Natural Park from Lisbon on a kayaking and jeep combination tour. Explore different types of habitats and scenic locations, from the coast to the mountains. Depart from the meeting point in Lisbon and head to the starting point of your kayaking trip. Paddle along the coast with your guide, who will show you secret caves and coves only accessible from the sea. Visit secret beaches as you head towards the remarkable karst formation of Gruta do Frade. 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 dramatic rock formations. Next, embark on a jeep tour through the Serra da Arrábida mountains, with stops at several scenic viewpoints. Taste some typical sweets from the region to end your experience, before returning to the capital.

Lisbon: Arrábida All-Inclusive Kayak Adventure Tour

3. Lisbon: Arrábida All-Inclusive Kayak Adventure Tour

Discover Arrabida Natural Park in this unforgettable adventure experience. Enjoy amazing natural locations, the relics of the Blue Coast, and the panoramic view from the Arrábida Mountain on a guided kayak tour. The day begins with your pickup at the meeting location. Following a quick equipment stop, it’s off to Portinho Bay, an old pirate cove that will fill you with a sense of mystery and adventure.  Once the kayak is loaded up with all the food and gear necessary to make sure you’re always safe, warm, and refreshed – the adventure truly begins. Kayak along a limestone coastline and past cliffside beaches, where you’ll have the opportunity to cliff jump, snorkel in the clear waters or explore caves like adventurers of old. For lunch, take a break at the beach and enjoy a picnic. Then explore the mountain and search out the very best views for taking pics. As evening sets, homemade wine and grape juice and traditionally-grilled chorizo will serve as the perfect ending to your adventure-filled day. 

Sesimbra and Arrábida National Park Tour with Wine Tasting

4. 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 precious nectar is made. You will see the vineyards, see how the process is completed and of course, taste the results. All this is done in the company of a local, in an informal and funny way.

Portinho da Arrábida: Coasteering Trip

5. 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.

Arrábida: Speedboat Tour with Coasteering Experience

6. Arrábida: Speedboat Tour with Coasteering Experience

Enjoying a half-day excursion full of adventures including climbing, swimming, canyoning and jumping into the water.  Coasteering is a physical activity that encompasses movement along the coastal zone on foot or by swimming, without the aid of any type of craft. As you travel along the coast, you'll discover the landscapes of Arrábida National Park in a unique way.  In addition to having a boat to support you during the activity, you will also enjoy a thrilling high-speed ride in the speedboat at the beginning of the activity.

From Lisbon: Half-Day Arrábida Tour w/ Transfers

7. 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.

Arrábida National Park Jeep Tour

8. Arrábida National Park Jeep Tour

Enjoy a day away from the city and visit the stunning Arrábida Nature Park. This jeep tour will take you to places you might not have been able to access normally, including the secular convents, castles, caves, viewpoints and cliffs over the sea. A lot of the paths are covered in typical Mediterranean vegetation and can only be travelled by jeep. Much of the park is under environmental protection and some sites can only be accessed with the permission of the park. You can also visit one of the most famous wine cellars in the region and taste the most charismatic wine of Setúbal, the "Moscatel de Setúbal".

Arrábida: Snorkeling Course with SSI certification

9. Arrábida: Snorkeling Course with SSI certification

Discover the great biological diversity of the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park with a guided snorkeling activity. Explore the underwater world with professional instructors and receive an SSI snorkeling certification after your experience. Enjoy an activity suitable for families or groups of friends. Learn to snorkel in calm waters, and enjoy a safe and fun introduction to snorkeling in a beautiful natural environment. Includes the theory and facts needed to dive safely, finishing with exercises and basic snorkeling skills to help you move effortlessly through the water.

Arrábida: Rock Climbing Experience

10. Arrábida: Rock Climbing Experience

Try something new and challenge yourself to experience rock climbing. Explore the narrow corridors of Fenda, a "geomonument" of rare beauty on the southern slope of Serra da Arrábida.  Gain the confidence you need on a climb with a low level of difficulty. Bring your friends or family along on this safe and beginner-friendly route. Climb in top-rope mode, where the rope is always attached to the top of the route and anyone can climb, even if they have no climbing experience.

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What people are saying about Portinho da Arrábida

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 281 reviews

Miguel was an outstanding guide who is very charismatic and lead a great trip. Absolutely stunning view while kayaking. The water was very calm and the wetsuit/water shoes made swimming very easy. Pretty good visibility while snorkelling and saw some fish/starfish/sea urchins thanks to the guide! The trip was a little longer then expected as Miguel wanted to make sure everyone had an awesome time! The meeting point listed is a little confusing but it was easy to find the guide under the main zoo gates with the flags.

Our kayaking experience was the best highlight of our trip to Portugal. Miguel was the best guide. So knowledgeable, fun, and always made us feel safe! He has all the equipment you will need and afterwards we enjoyed a beautiful lunch at a restaurant right on the beach (optional) but it was a perfect ending to a perfect day!

Me and my sister had a private tour with Jose which was excellent. Jose was very friendly, very knowledgeable, great company and made our tour special. He made sure we have seen what we have wanted to visit and also recommended us very nice Portuguese restaurant. I would definitely recommend

This excursion was my favorite part of Lisbon. Joao is a great guide and explored many of the caves and islands we stopped at. The planning of the food and drinks at different moments was a special experience. Highly recommend this tour.

Great way to spend a day. Good for thrills, and plenty of time in the water for hot days. The caves are pretty cool too.