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Sesimbra and Arrábida National Park Tour with Wine Tasting

1. Sesimbra and Arrábida National Park Tour with Wine Tasting

Spend a full day exploring the Setubal region of Portugal on a tour that takes you through the countryside to see castles and taste wine. Begin your trip by crossing the Tagus River on your way to the impressive Cabo Espiche on the westernmost point of the Sesimbra coastline. Then, it is time to go to the fishing town of Sesimbra and visit a Moorish castle. This seaport town also boasts plenty of beaches and restaurants serving fresh seafood. Nearby is Arrábida Natural Park, located on the shore of the Sado River estuary. Visit the famous beaches of Portinho da Arrábida and Figueirinha, before heading to Setubal for a fish lunch! After lunch you will make your way to the astonishing Arrabida Mountain. This is a protected (Arrabida Natural Park) area. Here you will visit a a small local family owned cellar in the middle of the peaceful Arrabida Mountain to learn more about how this precious nectar is made. You will see the vineyards, see how the process is completed and of course, taste the results. All this is done in the company of a local, in an informal and funny way.

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From Sesimbra: Hiking Tour of Arrábida Mountain

2. From Sesimbra: Hiking Tour of Arrábida Mountain

Discover the beauty of the Arrábida Mountain and its surroundings on this beautiful hike. Learn about the Arrábida flora and fauna from your specialist local guide and explore the various vegetation that grows there. Zigzag through the pathways of plants as you head to the top of the mountain (501 m) and marvel at the amazing view. Snap a photo from the summit of the Arrábida as you overlook one of the most beautiful areas in the Mediterranean.  From the top, gaze at the stunning panoramic views of the Setúbal Peninsula, Serra do Risco, and the coastline of Lisbon.

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Lisbon: South City Sights and Cultural Tour with Wine

3. Lisbon: South City Sights and Cultural Tour with Wine

Cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to the south side and visit a medieval castle with an archaeological museum inside. Travel through the dense forest to the immense Portuguese coast surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with beautiful beaches to explore. Located next to the sea, between Setúbal and the fishing town of Sesimbra, Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty.  Here, the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs and the depths of the green vegetation that covers the mountain range. Have lunch in a sunny fisherman village, and taste the fresh flavors of the Portuguese fish-based gastronomy.  Passing through the dense forest, you'll visit an old sanctuary on the top of a dramatic cliff by the sea, and discover astonishing landscapes. Enjoy a  wine tasting session in one of the most prestigious local wine producer.

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South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

4. South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

Learn how tiles became one of Portugal's icons and delve deep into their manufacturing. Drink the best regional wines and discover the process behind getting the grape to your glass. Get picked up by your local guide at your accommodation. Make your way south crossing the iconic Tejo River by Vasco da Gama Bridge, one of the longest in Europe. Continue to Palmela Castle, which has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Due to its privileged and strategic location, it’s one of Portugal’s oldest castles and home to stunning views for both Tejo & Sado River. Move onward to Arrábida Mountain, integrated into the protected Arrábida Natural Park. Marvel at its beauty. Hidden between the trees, turned towards the ocean, find yourself at the Arrábida Convent! Your next stop is the Tile Factory. Travel back in time at this one-of-a-kind handmade factory that still uses centuries-old techniques. Experience for yourself one of the oldest crafts in Portugal at this place. Next, an iconic winery with a unique art collection brings an enriching insight into the Portuguese wine industry. Explore the winery and taste one of the best wines in the country, during a full hour dedicated to you. Head to California Beach, a Portuguese fisherman village that keeps its traditions and costumes alive! Explore the beach and learn about its fun facts. Finally, discover Cristo Rei. This viewing platform inspired by the Brazilian Christ the Redeemer statue provides the best views of Lisbon city. After enjoying views of lush landscapes and crystal-clear sea, untouched nature with fresh air, to the best wine Portugal has to offer, it is time to head back over the 25 de Abril Bridge.

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Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

5. 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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Palmela and Arrabida 4x4

6. Palmela and Arrabida 4x4

Lagoa de Albufeira - A beautiful and well preserved beach just 20 km south of Lisbon. The natural lagoon is ideal for windsurfing, canoeing or just walking around. A parasol and sunglasses are recommended, especially for children. Espichel Cape - The Cape Espichel is a predominantly located west of Sesimbra village. The location is famous for its sanctuary complex, built extremely close to the edge of the tall cliffs, including a church still in use today. The architectonic set called the "Shrine of Our Lady of Mua Stone", is undoubtedly the most important and characteristic in the area. The cult of Our Lady of the Cape is lost in the mists of time, and its credible that prior to their worship - from the XV century -. Cape Espichel was already an important center of pilgrimage. From 1715, the large influx of pilgrims to Cabo forced the construction of hostels, houses and shops. Here, there are four major sights; the lighthouse, the Santuário de Nossa Senhora, the small Chapel of Ermida da Memória and the dinosaur footprints dated from the Jurassic Era. The church was constructed by King Dom.Pedro II in 1701. The interior follows the simplistic baroque designs and most of the marble was mined from Arrábida.  Overlooking the cliffs on the edge of Cape Espichel is the Chapel of Remembrance, a small temple implanted precisely at the spot where tradition says that the Virgin appeared. Cabo Espichel is ideal for tourists who enjoy raw stunning scenery and uninhabited landscape with stunning views and rugged coastal walks overlooking the Atlantic. Arrabida Natural Park - A road trip through the starkly beautiful Serra da Arrábida is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a day out of Lisbon. The wild, craggy mountain range rises 500 meters over the bay of Setúbal, and encompasses the protected Parque Natural da Arrábida. Blanketed with verdant woodland and scrub, this stunning landscape is home to a fascinating variety of flora and fauna, and it's possible to park the car and follow a number of signed nature trails. For the most dramatic views, follow the Estrada de Escarpa (N379-1), a narrow winding coastal road that snakes past Sesimbra all the way to Cabo Espichel, a precipitous headland topped by a lighthouse. Bacalhoa museum and winery - Take part in an unforgettable visit of Quinta da Bacalhoa, and discover its history which brings together wine, nature and art.  During the tour, take the opportunity to taste the wines and fully appreciate the pleasure which can be found in the degustation of wines. From the tasting room, admire the tranquil scene of the Japanese garden, in which some of the works of the sculptor Niizuma are exhibited, along with a Kaki tree, the 'great-granddaughter' of the only tree to survive the Nagasaki bomb.  Azeitão - Beyond the excellent wines, Palmela region has a unique cheese (Azeitão's cheese), considered by some specialists the best cheese in the world. For those who appreciate pastry the Tortas de Azeitão are irresistible temptations. Palmela village - The town's name comes from its Roman founder, Cornelius (Palmella). Palmela, once a fortress, was conquered by the Portuguese in the 12th century. The town is located up a hill in the Arrábida mountains. The castle offers a wonderful view over the whole region, including Lisbon, and the Atlantic Coast. It was a strategic place in past centuries, and today it's still a main place to visit. Palmela is an important Portuguese wine region. The principal grapes of the region include Alfrocheiro, Arinto, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Fernão Pires, Muscat of Alexandria, Periquita, Rabo de Ovelha, Roupeiro, Tamarez and Tinta Amarela. The soil of the area is predominately limestone with good drainage potential for the cultivation of red wine varieties. Palmela first gained attention for its off dry white wines made from Muscat grapes harvested early, but has recently turned its attention to producing dry red and white table wines. Quinta da Bacalhoa, JP, Ermelinda de Freitas, Periquita are examples of well -known Palmela brands. Cristo Rei - On May 17, 1959, the Shrine of Christ-King is inaugurated. On that day, 300.000 people wanted to be present to celebrate Christ, King and Redeemer, and the statue was then built.

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Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

7. Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

Cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to the south side and visit a medieval castle with an archaeological museum inside. Travel through the dense forest to the immense Portuguese coast surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with beautiful beaches to explore. Located next to the sea, between Setúbal and the fishing town of Sesimbra, Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty. Here, see how the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs and the depths of the green vegetation that covers the mountain range. Have lunch in a sunny fisherman village, and taste the fresh flavors of the Portuguese fish-based gastronomy. Passing through the dense forest, visit an old sanctuary on the top of a dramatic cliff by the sea, and discover astonishing landscapes. Enjoy a wine tasting session with one of the most prestigious local wine producers.

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From Sesimbra: Full-Day Arrábida Culture & Wine Tasting Tour

8. From Sesimbra: Full-Day Arrábida Culture & Wine Tasting Tour

After pickup in Sesimbra you’ll visit the market in Setúbal, considered one of the best markets in the world. Explore the huge variety of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese and regional pastries on offer. Soak up the vibe and history of the city. Continue to the first winery, stopping to take spectacular photos from the Arrábida Natural Park over the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the luxury Quinta da Bacalhoa wine cellars with a local guide, and enjoy a wine tasting of three renowned wines. Your next stop is for lunch in Setúbal, one of the most iconic and picturesque fishing towns in Portugal. Continue to the José Maria da Fonseca winery to tour the cellars, then enjoy a private visit and wine tasting in Azeitão village. Following this, visit the Azulejos de Azeitão tiles factory and watch traditional European methods of tile making. Then take a walk through the medieval castle of Sesimbra. Visit the local church inside the castle, completely adored in azulejos tiles. Finally you’ll visit the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Cabo, a sanctuary that combines a church, a water tower supplied by an aqueduct, and an opera house, with impressive views over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching Tour

9. Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching Tour

Visit the dolphins in the wild and the secluded bays of the Arrábida Mountains on this complete experience. Depart from Sesimbra harbor, where a briefing will be held regarding the behavior of the dolphins and what to do when they are spotted and learn the safety rules at sea. Depart towards the Arrabida Marine Park, a maritime reserve where the dolphins swim freely in large numbers all year long. Spot the dolphins and follow them during the period allowed by the maritime park code of conduct for the dolphin watch. The species that exist in the maritime park area: bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic dolphins (100% sightings since 2013) and more rarely orca and pilot whales can be seen. After the dolphin watch, visit the bays and stop for a taste of local Moscato and snorkeling or stand-up paddle in one of the amazing bays of the Arrábida.

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Explore Cape Espichel & Meco Beach, South Lisbon

10. Explore Cape Espichel & Meco Beach, South Lisbon

Start your day by being picked-up in your accommodation in Lisbon. You will spend a full day exploring the region located to the south of Lisbon. You will start by crossing the impressive bridge with stunning views of the Tagus River and of Lisbon. You will then visit the monument of Christ-the-king, where you can enjoy an unparalleled view of the city of Lisbon, the Tagus River and the Atlantic Ocean. After this visit, you will continue further south, until you reach Espichel Cape, where you will enjoy a view over the Atlantic Ocean and the coastline of the area. In Cape Espichel lies a beacon, the Lighthouse of Cape Espichel. You can also see and visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Cape Espichel, also known as the Shrine of Our Lady of Mua Stone. There will also be the opportunity to see dinossaur footprints in Cape Espichel – they are visible on the rocks, and your guide will you locate them. Then it will be time to head to the beautiful Meco Beach to have lunch by the sea. This will be a great opportunity to try the local cuisine and wines. Please note that the lunch is not included in the tour price. After lunch, you can enjoy Meco beach. At the end of your day you will be returned back to your accommodation in Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Sesimbra

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Such a relaxing trip outside of the city. So many beautiful views plus you get to go to an amazing beach and get in touch with the Atlantic. Great food in Sessimbra and lovely wine tasting in the midst of nature. The driver is very professional, friendly and shared a lot of knowledge. 

Our guide Tania was so amazing. Not only was she so knowledgeable but she was very sincere and understanding. I absolutely recommend this tour as it helped me see the best part of Lisbon so thanks Tania! You made my day!

INCREDIBLE DAY! José was the best and gave my husband and I a day we will never forget. He was so welcoming and treated us as dear friends right from the start. I highly recommend this tour!!

Very friendly and helpful guides. Beautiful locations and very nice winery with good reception. The cheese I bought on Thursday was also delicious.

Our guide Carolina was excellent- very accommodating and very knowledgeable and very kind