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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.

Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto with Cruise

2. Aveiro: Half-Day Tour from Porto with Cruise

Experience the beauty of Aveiro’s channels on a tour aboard a colorful Portuguese gondola on this half-day tour from Porto. Ride along naturally-formed channels that connect to the river and to the sea.  Meet at a centrally-located spot in Porto and board a comfortable van for your transfer to Aveiro. Absorb the culture of this city that was once a fishing village, where residents made their living from the river, the sea, and salt production. Begins at the fish market square, where you’ll have great views of the city center. Head out on an hour-long cruise on a vibrantly-painted, wooden moliceiro boat. Glide thorugh the channels on this traditional, Portuguese vessel.  After the cruise your guide will show you the Costa Nova neighborhood that borders the sea. Admire some of the old traditional houses that are small in size, and painted in bright colors with vertical stripes. Return to Porto by van at the end of your tour. 

From Lisbon: Private 6-Hour Tour of Fátima

3. From Lisbon: Private 6-Hour Tour of Fátima

Take a private tour away from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon to Fátima, one of the most sacred places in all of Portugal. It is here where, almost 100 years ago, the Virgin Mary revealed herself to 3 shepherd children. A shrine, Our Lady of Fátima Basilica, was later constructed in the place where the apparitions are said to have appeared. Since 1953, it has been a destination for Catholic pilgrimages. Depart from Lisbon in the morning on this full-day trip. Once in Fátima, stand in the Sanctuary Square outside and listen as your tour guide tells you the history of this religious town and its important landmarks. Spend the next two hours walking around, and pay a visit to the basilica or the neighboring Church of the Holy Trinity. Later, spend some time walking around the nearby Valinhos neighborhood, where the 3 shepherd children once lived. On your 90-minute journey back to Lisbon, gaze out the window at the passing countryside on Highway A1, or take advantage of the free wi-fi on board to surf the Internet.

Private 9-Hour Tour to Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos

4. Private 9-Hour Tour to Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos

Discover the jewels of Portuguese history on this private 9-hour tour. The tour starts in Óbidos, also known as the town of queens. Visit the picturesque village and admire its fortress walls. Drive to the fishing village of Nazaré and enjoy a lunch break. Sample the famous Portuguese fish stew “Caldeirada” and visit the Batalha Monastery, a building in late Gothic style. At the end of the tour you will experience Fátima, the largest place of pilgrimage in Portugal, which attracts 4 to 6 million pilgrims throughout the year. Here, people from all over the world come to worship the Virgin Mary and the three little shepherds.

From Lisbon: Private 2-Day Tour of Fátima and Tomar

5. From Lisbon: Private 2-Day Tour of Fátima and Tomar

Discover Fátima and Tomar on this private 2-day tour from Lisbon. Day 1 Explore the picturesque and romantic town of Óbidos, located just an hour from Lisbon. Take a walk through the “Town of Queens” and enjoy your free time in the beautiful surroundings. Sample the famous “Ginjinha” cherry liqueur and visit the Alcobaça Monastery. Continue to the traditional fishing village of Nazaré and the Monastery of Batalha with its fantastic late-Gothic and Manueline architecture. Explore the pilgrimage site of Fátima, the largest Marien shine in Portugal. Every year, 4 to 6 million pilgrims visit the place where 3 shepherd children are said to have seen the Virgin Mary. Enjoy a tour of the church with 9,000 seats. In the evening you will check-in to your 3-star hotel in Fátima. Day 2 After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and visit the houses of the 3 shepherd children Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco in Valinhos, near Fátima. You will then drive to Tomar and explore the vast Templar Castle on an extensive visit. At the end of the tour you will drive back to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Private Half-Day Fátima Tour

6. From Lisbon: Private Half-Day Fátima Tour

Discover the history of the Catholic pilgrimage site of Fátima on this half-day tour from Lisbon. After getting picked up from your hotel, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle towards the Sanctuary of Fátima, taking in scenic views of the Portuguese countryside along the way. At the sanctuary, discover the spot where 3 children were visited by the Virgin Mary and pay your respects at the shrine. Afterward, visit the Basilica of the Holy Trinity and admire its unique award-winning architecture before heading to the village of the 3 shepherds, where you can admire a faithful reconstruction of the apparition. Finish your tour with a delicious lunch before heading back to Lisbon.

Lisbon & Fátima: Private 8-Hour Tour with Food Tastings

7. Lisbon & Fátima: Private 8-Hour Tour with Food Tastings

Discover Lisbon and Fátima on this private tour with tastings of traditional local delicacies. You will start the day at the Sanctuary of Fátima, the location where apparitions were witnessed in 1917. Since then, this place has been considered one of the most important Christian shrines in the world and is visited by more than 5 million people every year. Explore the sanctuary and see the Chapel of the Apparitions, the basilica, and the Church of the Holy Trinity. Take part in the exhibition and browse through the numerous souvenir shops. You will then head to Lisbon in the afternoon, where you will explore the magnificent Avenida da Liberdade and the beautiful Baixa district. Visit the magnificent cathedral and enjoy the view from the lookout of Graça. Pass by the Monastery of São Vicente and the National Pantheon on the way to the main streets of Chiado and Estrela. See the Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, the Belém Tower, and the impressive Monument to the Discoveries. Here you can sample Pastel de Belém (a Portuguese egg tart pastry), the most famous dessert in Portugal.

Shore Excursion: Lisbon and Fátima

8. Shore Excursion: Lisbon and Fátima

Get all the highlights of beautiful Lisbon on this shore excursion. This 6-hour cruise will take you first to Fátima to visit the sanctuary. This is one of the most important Christian sites in the world and has 5 million visitors per year. Explore the Sanctuary and make sure you see the Apparitions Chapel, the Basilica, the Holy Trinidad Church, Candles Wall, and Holy Water. There will be enough time to attend a Mass if you choose, and visit several of the souvenir shops. The tour returns to Lisbon where you can begin your exploration of the city. Starting at the Avenue of Liberdade, and the Baixa district, we will stop at Sé Cathedral and go to the lookout of Graca for the wonderful views. Continuing on, we will stop by the Monastery of Saint Vincente, the National Pantheon, and the Chiado and Estrela main streets. Our in-depth exploration of Lisbon takes you past all its most beautiful and historic spots and you’ll have many opportunities to take beautiful pictures. The last stop on the tour is the Bélem district. We will stop by several important monuments, the Monastery of Jeronimos, the Bélem Tower and the Discovery Monument. A wonderful chance to get to see multiple sites and views of the city, this tour takes over both land and water for a distinctly Portuguese experience.

From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha and Óbidos Private Tour

9. From Lisbon: Fátima, Batalha and Óbidos Private Tour

Fátima, where the Virgin Mary appeared to the three little shepherds, is an important and impressive pilgrimage place. Visit Aljustrel, the village where the shepherds and their birth was the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. After a stop for lunch, you'll head to Batalha. You will visit the town of Batalha and its imposing Batalha Monastery, with over 600 years, that was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. These monuments are incredibly well-preserved, given their nearly 800 years of life. They are wonders to experience, and make for some wonderful photo opportunities. Finally, you will end in Óbidos, the beautiful and ancient Medieval village in the hills of Portugal. You'll walk along the fortified walls and enjoy the typical drink of the region - Ginjinha served in a chocolate cup!

Day Tour: Batalha, Nazaré, Óbidos and Fátima

10. Day Tour: Batalha, Nazaré, Óbidos and Fátima

Discover the cultural highlights and the most scenic places in Portugal on this exclusive tour accompanied by an entertaining tour guide. This private tour can be customized to suit your needs and interests. Explore Óbidos, the town of queens, and admire this picturesque place completely surrounded by extensive walls. These well-preserved walls provide the town with a wonderful impression of bygone times. You will then visit the Alcobaça Monastery and discover some of the secrets of the Cistercian Order. Continue on to the fishing village of Nazaré, where you can enjoy a relaxed lunch break and sample the famous fish stew known as “Caldeirada” in Portuguese. After lunch you will visit the Monastery of Batalha, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This complex presents the finest late-Gothic style in the country and symbolizes the strengthening and independence of Portugal. Upon request you can continue on to Fátima, the most important place of pilgrimage in Portugal which is visited by approximately 4 to 6 million pilgrims throughout the year. People from all over the world come here to worship the Virgin Mary and the three child seers of Fátima. You will then travel back to Lisbon.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 77 reviews

It was a very beautiful and cool experience. The scenery was even more beautiful than i imagined and the cliff climbing and jumping made the whole experience very fun and memorable. Definitely a recommendation if you are nearby!!

Great experience Climbing rocks Cliff jumping Lots of swimming And a zip line Highly recommend for adventure seekers

Just awesome! The activity, the welcome, the guide, the landscapes, the safety, ... in short, we loved it!

Really fun time! Great guides, felt safe, but definitely requires some level of physical fitness.

Very nice and adventurous, super helpful tour guides and patience.