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From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

1. 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.

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Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

2. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

Tour the Arrábida Natural Park, starting at Sesimbra and heading towards Cabo Espichel. Wild beaches, stunning bays, caves, and cliffs are some of the highlights of this magnificent tour. Set out on an adventure to discover all the splendour of this unique ecosystem. The tour will start at the sheltered port of Sesimbra. Firstly, visit the famous Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach. Enjoy the surrounding landscape as you dive and swim in the crystal clear waters. The tour will then proceed to the west where you will visit the mythical beaches of Mijona and Inferno.  Continue along the Arrábida Natural Park and see the famous whaling bay, taking the opportunity to learn a little about the history of the fishermen who used to hunt whales in this same area. Dive and swim in the crystal clear waters of this same beach and enjoy some snorkeling. Typical liquor from the Setubal region will also be served. After this stop, sail towards Cabo Espichel where you will visit more caves and landscapes of incredible wonder. After all this adventure, return to the harbor of Sesimbra where this experience ends.

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Sesimbra: Ribeira do Cavalo Beaches and Caves Boat Tour

3. Sesimbra: Ribeira do Cavalo Beaches and Caves Boat Tour

After gathering at the meeting point, you will begin your tour to appreciate the small beaches hidden between the various escarpments and caves. You can observe the Fort of São Domingos da Baralha Ruins, as well as the old warehouses of fishing armours from the 60s. There will be plenty of time to stop at one of the beaches or coves for swimming in the calm, transparent, and crystalline waters. Later, stop by Ribeira do Cavalo Beach, famous for being one of the most beautiful places of the Arrabida Reserve. You will also enjoy the Praia do Inferno (Evil Beach), and the Mijona and Baleeira beaches, before traveling through the Arco do Pombeira (Pombeira's Arch). This tour will prove to be the perfect opportunity to discover the secrets and stories of this region, and at the conclusion of your experience, you will result at your tour starting point.

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Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

4. 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.

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Sesimbra: Sesimbra and Espichel Grotto Tour

5. Sesimbra: Sesimbra and Espichel Grotto Tour

Espichel Cape is famous for its geological wealth and country’s unique limestone formations. To begin your boat tour, you'll depart from Sesimbra to Espichel Cape. Throughout the experience you'll visit the caves and geological formations that cover this coastal region. You'll begin with a visit to the Tamboril Grotto, with its zenithal lighting and crystal clear waters. From there, you'll proceed to the entrance of the Frade Grotto, which is one of the biggest cave formations in the area. You'll also encounter “Mesas”, which are geological formations made by marine erosion. Your tour will eventually wind down with a visit to Sesimbra's Caves, where you'll encounter the monumental Arco da Pombeira Grotto. You will also discover here “Bifa”, a singular geological formation at the cape’s feet where you can see the sea being expelled as if it was a geyser. Upon return, you'll have the option to stop for some diving in Baleeira Bay's crystal clear waters.

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Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

6. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

Set sail from the harbor of Sesimbra and travel towards the famous Ribeiro do Cavalo beach. Enjoy the surrounding landscape and learn about the microclimate of the region from your guide.  Continue sailing westwards, where you will visit the beautiful beaches of Mijona and Inferno. Sail along the shores of the Arrábida Natural Park and visit "Whale Bay" and learn about the history of whale hunting in the region.  Then, sail towards Cabo Espichel and explore the caves and incredible rock formations dotted along the coast. Finally, enjoy a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine on the boat, before returning to Sesimbra.

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From Sesimbra: Arrábida Coast SeaView Board Tour

7. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Coast SeaView Board Tour

Become a SeaView explorer and discover and learn more about the aquatic world of the Luís Saldanha Marine Park and Maritime Reserve with a SeaView board. 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. Depart from the harbor in Sesimbra and be amazed by the beautiful coastal scenery while you head to isolated spots waiting to be discovered on your SeaView board. 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. Receive a complimentary GoPro to use during your activity to record this unforgettable experience.

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Sesimbra: Serra da Arrábida Natural Park Sunset Boat Tour

8. Sesimbra: Serra da Arrábida Natural Park Sunset Boat Tour

Enjoy a boat tour along the coast of Lisbon and observe the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park from a totally different perspective. Cruise between the small and hidden treasures Arrábida offers and past the best beaches near Lisbon, including the award-winning Ribeira do Cavalo and the Praia da Mijona beaches. Stop in the Gregorian gardens to enjoy the view over the bay and visit old warehouses from the 1960s. Experience the wonderful scenery resting over calm waters with the lights shimming from Sesimbra city center. Take in all of this while tasting some of the best wines of the region before returning to the starting point.

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Swimming Tour to the Caves of Sesimbra

9. Swimming Tour to the Caves of Sesimbra

Experience a beautiful open water swimming tour to Ribeira do Cavalo Beach. Start at Marina de Sesimbra, in front of the Clube Naval de Sesimbra. Warm-up with a 30-minute walk to this paradisiacal beach, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in Europe. Arriving at the beach, put on the wetsuit and start the adventure. Swim between 1500m and 2500 meters, passing through the most impressive rock formations in the region, caves, grottos, and sea arches. Spot a variety of marine life, fish and keep a lookout for dolphins. Observe the spectacular scenery that surrounds you with several stops along the way. Be accompanied by your guide, who will also capture pictures and videos of the entire adventure. After the swim, enjoy a cake typical of the region, before returning to the starting point.

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Sesimbra: Dolphin & Arrábida Coastline Boat Tour

10. Sesimbra: Dolphin & Arrábida Coastline Boat Tour

Between Setúbal and Cabo Espichel, there are small visitable caves, marvellous hidden beaches between cliffs, impossible to access by land and uncrowded by tourists. See inlets with calm and transparent waters, inviting dives, and several species of dolphins that live here. Embark on this adventure and have an unforgettable experience. After meeting at Sesimbra, visit Lapa de Santa Margarida and discover its history. See Europe's highest escarpments, Serra do Risco, and snorkel at Gorgónias Garden. Explore the fisherman ruins, swim and relax at Ribeira do Cavalo Beach, discover the caves, grottos and rock formations at Cape Espichel, before relaxing at Galapinhos Beach, voted Europe's best beach in 2017.

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What people are saying about Sesimbra

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 25 reviews

the kayaking was very fun, the place is stunning and the guide was so friendly. Highly recommend if you're looking for a fun, unique experience and an up close look at the beautiful natural caves.

Fantastic 3 hours of Kayaking with an experienced and knowledgeable guide. Great value and fantastic scenery with a small private beach stop too...!

Amazing experience, loved every minute of it and Edilier was great company, exceeding my expectations xx Would definitely do it all again

Very complete and interesting tour. Our guide (André) very attentive and open to suggestions to customize the tour. Very good experience

I will highly recommend. Best experienced I've done in Portugal