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Sesimbra: Coasteering Adventure in Arrábida Natural Park

1. Sesimbra: Coasteering Adventure in Arrábida Natural Park

Explore the coast of Portugal’s picturesque Sesimbra on a unique coasteering activity, and experience the latest adventure sport craze to hit Portugal and Arrábida. Coasteering is a mix of rock climbing, rappelling, swimming and walking, and Sesimbra is one of the best spots for the sport. Thanks to its combination of a natural protected area with the blue green translucent waters of the sea, coasteering in Sesimbra is a special adventure guaranteed to be a thrill whatever time of year. Meet your guide at the Porto de Abrigo to collect your coasteering equipment. As you’d expect, this activity requires several security measures, and you will be assisted and monitored by experienced professionals all the time. You’ll be provided with a helmet, buoyancy aid wet suit, and trainers. Some routes require rappelling and the use of a harness. Ropes and rescue kits are available in case of an emergency, but typically the activity is a cool and calm experience. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes as you swim, walk, climb, and jump. Clamber over magnificent rocky escarpments that plunge over bays and coves.

Lisbon: Sesimbra Kayak Discovery Experience

2. Lisbon: Sesimbra Kayak Discovery Experience

This discovery tour by kayak is 3-hour guided tour which begins from the Bork outdoor center in Sesimbra Harbour. The tour travels through the Bay of Sesimbra, before also traveling along the beautiful coast of Arrabida Nature Park and Luiz de Saldanha Maritime Reserve. Your guide/instructor will help you find your way, as you explore the cliffs, caves, and other geological wonders during the tour. You’ll also have time to rest and enjoy a snack on Praia do Ribeiro do Cavalo, one of Portugal’s areas which contains crystal clear waters. You will then paddle back toward Sesimbra Harbour, where your tour began. This tour by kayak is the best way to have fun with family and friends while admiring unique landscapes and taking amazing souvenir photos.

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. 

Portinho da Arrábida: Coasteering Trip

4. 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.

Lisbon: Arrábida Snorkeling Adventure

5. 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.

Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

6. 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.

Sesimbra: Beginner's Scuba Diving in Arrabida Natural Park

7. Sesimbra: Beginner's Scuba Diving in Arrabida Natural Park

We'll do scuba diving. This is an experience in which you'll be able to breathe for the first time underwater. We always give a briefing that explains what to do, what to expect, how does the equipment work and what we'll see during the experience. Usually we are able to see shipwrecks, corals, unique fishes of the area and much more. In the boat trip you'll also be able to experience the uniqueness of Arrabida. A lot of fun is also included on our activities together with certified trainers and a resourceful team to create the best experiences possible for the clients.

Lisbon: Eco-Friendly Beginner's Scuba Diving

8. Lisbon: Eco-Friendly Beginner's Scuba Diving

This program gives you the opportunity to discover the underwater world by diving in the Professor Luiz Saldanha Marine Park. Whilst there you'll enjoy the most extensive biodiversity in Europe, without having to commit to a more extensive certification program. The program is internationally recognized by SSI (Scuba Schools International) and Wild Sea Europe, and begins with a security and communication briefing which will prepare you to breathe underwater. Following that you will board your boat to travel to one of the historical spots within the Marine Park. Throughout your activity your guides encourage you to locate underwater plastic so that they can collect it. This way you will be contributing with a positive environmental impact. At the conclusion of your experience, you will receive free access to a marine ecology e-learning service called "SSI Blue Oceans".

Arrábida Natural Park: Kayak Tour in Sesimbra/Arrábida

9. Arrábida Natural Park: Kayak Tour in Sesimbra/Arrábida

Get in harmony with nature on a canoe trip through the Luís Saldanha Marine Park in the Arrábida Natural Park and see one of the most beautiful cliffs in Europe from a different perspective. Paddle along the coastline of Sesimbra and around the magnificent landscape, dominated by impressive escarpments and inlets. Encounter the marine life and discover the sea caves, pristine beaches and coves of the rugged landscape. Benefit from the services of a guide with expert knowledge of the region and learn all its secrets. Enjoy a 30-minute break to relax on a deserted beach before returning to Sesimbra. 

Lisbon: Sesimbra Underwater Exploration by Seaview Board

10. Lisbon: Sesimbra Underwater Exploration by Seaview Board

If you’ve always wanted an underwater diving experience but didn’t want to go scuba diving, then seaview boards are perfect for you. Join this 2-hour excursion from Lisbon out to Sesimbra and go swimming in Arrabida’s Nature Park with the aid of buoyant, see-through boards. Head to the starting point through the region’s cliffs and greenery. Once you reach the diving spot, your guide will give you a short introduction to how to use the board. You don’t need to be an experienced swimmer at all, as the board helps with buoyancy. Put on your fins and hop in the water with your seaview board. While lying on the seaview board that you propel with your fins, you can look underwater through a porthole.   Swim along the coast and admire several spots full of vibrant marine life. Spot golden grey mullet, seabass, golden fish, white and zebra seabream, and more. You also might spot the dusky group, the John Dory, or the long-snouted seahorse.

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Wow! This is a must do activity for everyone. There was swimming, little climbing, and jumping off cliffs. The water was refreshingly cold but wet suits helped (Sept/Oct). The Vertente Natural guides were friendly and knowledgeable about the area and keeping us safe. There are difficulty routes and high jumps but there is always an easy way out if needed. I wish I could remember the guides name but he particular did a fantastic job with our youngest son encouraging him to be adventurous but keeping him safe as well. Family of 4 from USA (ages 12-47). We will do this again when we return to Portugal. The only recommendation would be if guides could take pictures during. Next time I will bring a disposable water camera in small dry bag that could clip to belt: the views of rocks, cliffs, caves and water were fabulous; worth catching of film. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Amazing Experience!!! The guides were very helpful. We had members who couldn’t swim and the guides were there to support and give confidence. We also had a member who had a minor injury and the care/response was second to none. Would definitely recommend and do it again!!

Our tour was incredible right from the get go. Marco, our guide was extremely good at communicating, and very informative as to what our tour would consist of. He was knowledgeable and patient. The whole adventure was amazing from start to finish. 6 stars if we could!

Absolutely incredible!!! A definite MUST when in Lisbon. We had so much fun and perfect weather the whole time. A perfect way to see some of the beautiful nature in Portugal.

We were fortunate enough to have Rodrigo as our kayaking guy. He was informative and made our journey very Interesting. I would recommend this to her to others.