From Lisbon: Kayak Trip to Arrabida Park
- Small group
- Duration options: 4 - 7 hours
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João picked us up close to our Airbnb. Then we drove round about 45 minutes to the first vineyard/museum. We were shown around and learned about the history of the company (7 generations) and how the vineyard is making wine. Afterwards we had a wine tasting with two wines. The second spot was a farm where we saw cork trees, tasted grapes from the bush and tried 5 local wines. The last stop was a village that acts as a storage for local producers. Here we tried another 5 wines and had a great goat cheese plate. You are not forced or animated at any stage of the trip to purchase the wine. It's your personal choice. João is a very talkative person. We learned a lot about wines from him, but also Portuguese olive oil, his personal story and wine-production efforts. He's a really great guy and we totally recommend the trip. The whole trip was covid19 regulations conform. A small tip - take some water with you because there was none offered with the wine tasting.
Joao runs a great tour, a little different than your typical wine tour. He puts a lot of effort so you can understand the history of wine making in this region and connects it with history of the country. He also uses nice, quiet and beautiful wineries, avoiding the crowded touristy ones. He even slightly adjusts the tastings to your preferences. He is VERY knowledgeable, and has a tendency to give more detail than you might need; but you’ll walk away having tasted some great wines and knowing a lot!
Our tour was great. Our guide Paulo was so great and enthusiastic. He was so knowledgeable about the area and made us really feel like we were being shown around by a friend rather than a tour guide. The wineries were great and the whole region is just beautiful. Definitely recommend this tour.
A good exploration of the region local to Lisbon (Setúbal), enjoyable choice of wines, sweets and settings including a beautiful modern winery set in a national park. Rod is a thoughtful and knowledgable guide, his approach is relaxed and generous. You’ll have a great day.
Apparently this is one of the lesser known tours and I will just say.....do not miss this tour! The scenes are breathtaking!