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Things to do in Troia, Portugal

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Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

1. Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Depart from Setubal or Tróia onboard a 22-meter long catamaran and go in search of the community of dolphins that inhabit the Sado estuary. Be accompanied by a knowledgeable crew who will use their expertise to locate these playful dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn more about this unique dolphin community, the only one of its kind in Portugal, with your expert guides. Sail through the estuary and admire the beautiful landscapes of the coastline of the Arrábida Natural Park. Keep an eye out for the playful dolphins which have inhabited this part of the coast for generations. Watch the dolphins frolic and play as they swim through the calm waters. Hear more about their feeding habits, breeding and their relationship to humans on an informative and relaxing boat trip.

From Lisbon: Comporta and Setúbal Trip with Horseback Riding

2. From Lisbon: Comporta and Setúbal Trip with Horseback Riding

Take a trip from Lisbon to Setúbal for a day of fun in the sun and the sea. Dive into the town's history and seafaring heritage on a walking tour. Take a ferry ride to the Troia Peninsula dotted with pine forested sand dunes. Then, in Comporta, mount your horse and gallop off to the beach. Explore Setúbal, the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry. Visit the bustling fish market of  Mercado do Livramento, the historic center, the Monastery of Jesus, and the São Filipe Fortress where you can soak in one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Next, head towards Comporta on a 25-minute ferry ride, admiring the beauty of the Troia's coast, one of the world’s longest uninterrupted stretches of sand, and keep your eye peeled for dolphins. Upon arrival in Comporta, a protected natural reserve suspended between sea and rice fields, get ready for horseback riding with instructions from your guide. Ride your horse across rice paddies, pine forests, and sand dunes until you reach the Atlantic coast. At the end of the tour, return to the center of Lisbon in a comfortable minibus. Before bidding farewell to your guide, get recommendations on things to do during the rest of your stay in Lisbon.

Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

3. Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

Depart from the Sesimbra Harbor and search for dolphins in their natural habitat with your marine biologist guide. See Bottlenose Dolphins as well as Short Beaked Common Dolphins in the clear blue waters of the park.  Learn about their food habits, group behaviors and family relations. Observe various forms of other wildlife, including birds, as well. At the end of the dolphin watching activity, take the opportunity to swim and sunbathe in one of the Portugal's most beautiful beaches, only accessible by sea. Also, visit some caves and rock formations along the coastline of the park.

Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

4. Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

This boat tour goes along the coastline in search of dolphins that is possible to find again on the Marine Reserve of Arrábida. The tour will take you to the most known sighting, with a 95% success rate in dolphin sightings. The boats used are powerful semi-inflatable boats with seats and all the comfort and safety for a 3-hour journey. It's always a good experience, that combines the dolphins with a wonderful boat tour on a cost line of calm and pristine waters, that is protected from the north winds by the Arrábida mountain.

Full Day Private Tour - SW Atlantic Coast from Lisbon

5. Full Day Private Tour - SW Atlantic Coast from Lisbon

Your tour will begin with a pickup up from your hotel, accommodation or ship. As this is a private tour, your itinerary is flexible and you can choose which places you would most like to see, in discussion with your driver. You will start by heading south by the Iron Bridge towards the Melides beach area (an approximately one-hour drive). Next, head further south to Sines (the birthplace of Vasco da Gama), Porto Covo, Milfontes and Zambujeira do Mar beaches. In between these points, depending on your preferences, you’ll have lunch at one of the many restaurants of the region that is known for its fresh fish and exquisite seafood. If weather permits and you wish to, you can also spend some time on one of the many visited beaches. After Zambujeira we will return back to your hotel or accommodation where we will arrive approximately by 6.30 PM.

From Sesimbra: Snorkeling all included Boat Tour

6. From Sesimbra: Snorkeling all included Boat Tour

Become a Snorkel explorer and discover and learn more about the aquatic world of the Luís Saldanha Marine Park and Maritime Reserve with our team. 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 and paddle along the 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. 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. With our biologist and seasoned guide take beautiful underwater pictures and record this unforgettable experience.

Arrábida Kayak Tour

7. Arrábida Kayak Tour

Choose to depart from Sesimbra or from Portinho da Arrábida and after a brief technical explanation, board your kayak. Spend a little while adjusting your paddling to suit the rhythm of your partner, then set off on an adventure to discover the national park. Admire the crystal clear waters and look out for wildlife as you paddle.  Take the opportunity to explore unique caves and sandy beaches which are only accessible from the water. Enjoy the opportunity to take several rests on the beaches during this relaxed-pace trip. 

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park and Tróia Sandbanks

8. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park and Tróia Sandbanks

Explore the wonderful coastline of Arrábida Natural Park towards the mystical and deserted sandbanks of Tróia. Set out on an adventure to discover all the splendour of this unique ecosystem. The tour departs from Sesimbra harbor, passing through several natural points of interest such as Portinho da Arrábida or the small beach of Alpertuche. Enjoy the surrounding landscape as you dive and swim in the crystal clear waters. There will be a break so you can bathe or sunbathe on the deserted sandbanks. Let yourself be captivated by the charm of our coast. A typical liquor from the Setubal region will also be served. After all this adventure, return to the harbor of Sesimbra where this experience ends.

Arrábida Natural Park: BoatTour

9. Arrábida Natural Park: BoatTour

Embark on a Boat Tour and discover the Professor Luiz Saldanha Marine Park with a group of highly qualified professionals, specialists in biology, history and culture of the region, and in nature and adventure sports for over 30 years. The estuary mouth of the Sado river, in the Prof. Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, is the perfect place for a Boat Trip. Enjoy all the scenic natural beauty of the coast of Arrábida, between Cabo Espichel, Praia de Galápos and Costa de Tróia, crossing one of the most beautiful bays in the world, between the picturesque village of Sesimbra and the city of Setúbal, less than an hour's drive from Lisbon. On the Boat Trip you will learn more about the history, traditions and culture of the region of Setúbal and Sesimbra, and about the natural landscape that surrounds them. Perhaps you will see some marine life and observe very closely the playful and famous population of bottlenose dolphins that swim through the mouth of the Sado river estuary. Ideal to enjoy alone or in a group, with your friends, family and/or partner, to celebrate birthdays and bachelor parties, or school or business events, accessible to everyone. Do not question yourself any longer and accept this challenge to embark on a Boat Tour in Prof. Luiz Saldanha Marine Park.

Dolphin Watching in the Wild - Half Day

10. Dolphin Watching in the Wild - Half Day

We'll pick you up at your accommodation in Lisbon. After the exit and Lisbon, we will go south, crossing the Tagus River by the 25 de April Bridge. Then we will go to Setúbal, where we will embark to sail on the Sado River looking for the dolphins (about 2 hours) The Boat Tour is operated by a partner company and is shared. The boat tour lasts about 2 hours. Catch sight of bottlenose dolphins in the wild on this dolphin watching tour from Lisbon. Head from your hotel to the Sado Estuary, home to one of the largest populations of sedentary bottlenose dolphins in Europe. Offered in English, Spanish, and Portuguese; All transportation with hotel pickup and drop-off included.

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What people are saying about Troia, Portugal

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based on 266 reviews

Unforgettable experience for young and old. The dolphins are just magical. Our guide was awesome too! So much information, all questions were answered - including about the life of the dolphins, environmental protection (plastic was fished out of the sea during our trip), how to deal with the dolphins (they are neither fed nor touched etc.) The trip by boat was also a highlight and the extensive observation of the animals was followed by the return journey along the cave-rich coast with further interesting information from the bird kingdom about the caves as well as the settlement and use of the area. At the end there was a sweet surprise (very tasty ;) Very well organized, everything was clearly communicated. Otherwise very friendly, helpful and entertaining. Thank you for this great day!

Thank you to our guide Artur, the day was so excellent and impressive! The market visit in Setubal was very interesting, then got on a ferry and cruised along the coast and went over to Conporta where we had a horse riding to the beach. of the blue ocean from horse back was just fabulous! With a small cozy international group, I really enjoyed the day. Just one note, the tour starts in front of the hotel, not where the tour buses are parked.

Very well organized trip with lots of fun things to do! Enjoyed it very much, the horseback riding is nice for leisure or novice riders, it was walking only.

Setubal was a surprisingly beautiful town and the horseback riding at Melides tops up this entire experience.

Perfect trip! Sweet people, lovely cities, sweet horses and beautiful nature!