Sesimbra
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From Lisbon: Kayak Trip to Arrabida Park

1. From Lisbon: Kayak Trip to Arrabida Park

Discover the wonders of the Sesimbra in the heart of Arrábida Natural Park on this guided trip. Explore the water by kayak and stop at the Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach for a picnic and some relaxation in the sun. Choose between pickup from Lisbon or meeting directly in the ancient village of Sesimbra (about a 45-minute drive from Lisbon). Once in Sesimbra, hop in a kayak to go into the ocean. Sesimbra is located in the heart of Arrábida Natural Park and has the most beautiful landscape in the region, filled with limestone cliffs, grouts, passages in between rock formations, and a beach to enjoy a break and soak in the sun. The first leg on the Kayak from the starting point is about 1.5-hours of paddling until you reach Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach. Enjoy a picnic break where you can admire the landscape in a relaxed way. Options are available if you have food allergies or other restrictions (a message will be sent with extra info about the food and with extra info before the start of the trip). The second leg on the kayaks will bring you back to the starting point. The journey in general is a bit faster as you'll have some wind helping you on the return route. If you chose pickup, get driven back to Lisbon for drop-off.

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

2. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

Depart from Sesimbra and discover the beauty of Arrábida Natural Park. Enter the protected area to explore the different types of habitats, from the mountains to the sea. Venture along the coast by kayak to locate sacred caves that are only accessible by boat. Encounter secret beaches as you make your way towards the remarkable karst formation of the Gruta do Frade. Soak up the coastal scenery and get up close to the impressive rock formations with the help of your guide. 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. Taste some typical sweets from the region to end your amazing experience.

Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

3. 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.

Lisbon: Sesimbra Kayak Discovery Experience

4. 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.

Sesimbra: Inflatable Water Park

5. Sesimbra: Inflatable Water Park

Visit an inflatable water park in the bay of Sesimbra beside Praia da Califórnia. Navigate slides, trampolines, pyramids, and balance beams the ocean water in an activity suitable for both children and adults. Take on the obstacle course and challenge your friends to complete it in the fastest time possible. As you bounce and jump from each obstacle enjoy a fun-filled activity summer activity with your group.

Sesimbra: 2h30 Min. - Kayak Tour - Secret Beaches & Caves

6. Sesimbra: 2h30 Min. - Kayak Tour - Secret Beaches & Caves

Start your kayak tour from Praia da Califórnia. Cross the beautiful Bay of Sesimbra and pass through the Fort of Santiago. Take in the view of Sesimbra Castle and the Forte do Cavalo lighthouse. Paddle through crystal clear waters where you'll have the chance to see marine life in their breathtaking natural habitat. Explore the huge cliffs and caves on your way to Ribeira do Cavalo Beach, Cova da Mijona Beach, Tamboril Cave and other bays that are only accessible from the sea. Stop at Ribeira do Cavalo Beach to relax, take pictures and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Get in touch with nature and come explore these unique idyllic landscapes. From Lisbon is about 35 km, with a UBER its very easy to get there and cheap, to get to one of the best beaches in Portugal! And do a amazing tour.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 440 reviews

We were picked up at our hotel in Lisbon by Annabelle and Jean. They were very welcoming and friendly. It was just me and my boyfriend on the trip which was great. It only took 40 min to get to our destination. Our guides were telling us about history and had a lovely chat on the way. We got wetsuits and shoes and were in a kayak for 2 people. First time we’ve ever tried kayaking so had to get used to the whole thing but became almost like pro by the end of it. We had a little wind which mad the kayaking a bit tricky but the view and the exercise was all a great adventure and was defo worth it. Our guide also took pictures of us with her camera so you don’t need to take one however she can put it in her bag if you want to. Great experience, definitely recommend it!

I did the kayaking experience with 6 other friends. The guide Rui was very helpful. One of our friends knew she would get tired while kayaking and Rui paired up with her. He didn't mind doing all the work. We went through rock formations and a cave, and stopped by a beach to eat. Rui also does other custom hike + kayaking tours which we would have loved to do. He was fluent in English and happy to answer all our questions on Arrabida and Portugal as a whole.

Luciano was an amazing guide to us. He made the experience really fun and exiting. We kayaded our way to a small island where we stopped later to snorkel. He was very helpful and made our snorkelling experience worthwhile. Amaaaazing, amazing experience. He was also being a good teacher and helped me find happiness in the ocean. Highly recommended experience

It was one of the most beautiful experiences I've ever had. I got off the Kayak at the end of the tour and already wanted to book it again. Our guide Edi was very friendly and flexible. Super recommended!

Definitely recommended, on the open sea where you paddle along the beautiful rock formations. Supervisor Edilier is very enthusiastic and pleasant, compliments!