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Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

1. Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

Depart from the Marina and search for dolphins in their natural habitat. See bottlenoses dolphins as well as common dolphins in the clear blue waters of the park, without disturbing their natural behaviour.  Observe various forms of wildlife and birds in the park. Swim and sunbathe on some of Portugal's most beautiful beaches, only accessible by sea. Visit caves and rock formations along the entire coastline of the park and hear of the mysterious history during the XVIII century from your local guide.

Sesimbra and Arrábida National Park Tour with Wine Tasting

2. 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.

Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

3. Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

This boat tour goes along the coastline in search of dolphins that is possible to find again on the Marine Reserve of Arrábida. The tour will take you to the most known sighting, with a 95% success rate in dolphin sightings. The boats used are powerful semi-inflatable boats with seats and all the comfort and safety for a 3-hour journey. It's always a good experience, that combines the dolphins with a wonderful boat tour on a cost line of calm and pristine waters, that is protected from the north winds by the Arrábida mountain.

Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

4. 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.

Lisbon: Sesimbra Underwater Exploration by Seaview Board

5. Lisbon: Sesimbra Underwater Exploration by Seaview Board

If you’ve always wanted an underwater diving experience but didn’t want to go scuba diving, then seaview boards are perfect for you. Join this 2-hour excursion from Lisbon out to Sesimbra and go swimming in Arrabida’s Nature Park with the aid of buoyant, see-through boards. Head to the starting point through the region’s cliffs and greenery. Once you reach the diving spot, your guide will give you a short introduction to how to use the board. You don’t need to be an experienced swimmer at all, as the board helps with buoyancy. Put on your fins and hop in the water with your seaview board. While lying on the seaview board that you propel with your fins, you can look underwater through a porthole.   Swim along the coast and admire several spots full of vibrant marine life. Spot golden grey mullet, seabass, golden fish, white and zebra seabream, and more. You also might spot the dusky group, the John Dory, or the long-snouted seahorse.

Espichel Cape and Hell Beach 4x4 Jeep Tour

6. Espichel Cape and Hell Beach 4x4 Jeep Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, climb aboard a classic Jeep Cabrio 4x4 vehicle and begin your tour of the remote corners of the Espichel Cape. Visit a rare example of a monumental sanctuary for pilgrims in a unique religious architectural complex. See dinosaur footprints located on the north escarpment of the cape. The footprints are fossilized tracks left by sauropods and theropods about 150 million years ago. Get back in the Jeep and drive to the southern area of the cape to discover and explore wild and magnificent beaches. Take a short hike to the Hell beach, a sandy beach located in front of an imposing vertical rock that protrudes from the cliff. Enjoy the fantastic views from the top. Enjoy a delicious snack prepared by the team. In summer, swim in the calm blue waters. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Lisbon: Sesimbra Kayak Discovery Experience

7. 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: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

8. 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.

From Lisbon: Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida

9. From Lisbon: Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida

Discover the peninsula of Setúbal and admire the impressive mountain ranges and beaches. Ride over the Vasco de Gama Bridge and see the other side of the river at Tejo. Enjoy the view of the beautiful coast and the Arrábida mountains, then ride past the wine producers in Palmela, Setúbal and Montijo, where the finest wines are made. Visit Cabo Espichel and its breathtaking landscape. Sample the famous local cake in Azeitão, then ride again over the Arrábida mountains, which take their name from the Arrábida Natural Park, to Setúbal. Visit the Livramento Market and sample regional wine and cheese at the Mourisca tidal mill.

Sesimbra: Scenic Boat Tour & Snorkeling/Paddle Boarding

10. Sesimbra: Scenic Boat Tour & Snorkeling/Paddle Boarding

Experience a surreal view of Sesimbra's coast on an intimate boat tour. Begin your adventure by meeting your guide at the Sesimbra Marina. We will travel west along the lush coastline of Arrábida Natural Park. Take in the 20M year-old vegetation and Serra da Arrábida mountain range. Next, make your way to the area's beautiful secluded beaches: Ribeira do Cavalo, Cova da Mijona, Inferno, and Baleeira. Learn about the fisherman's tales that are only known by few. Then enjoy a dip in the water with the option to paddle board or snorkel away from the crowds. At the end, you will taste some of Sesimbra's most famous local appetizers.

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What people are saying about Sesimbra

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.

The tour was super interesting. The places to visit that our guide Luis chose were great: vantage points with wonderful views of Lisbon and the surrounding area, beautiful views of great beaches, and finally a visit to a winery with a delicious sample! Absolutely recommendable, and especially our very friendly guide Luis!

Wonderful boat tour, views and atmosphere. Both tour guides were amazing, friendly and shared interesting stories. Seeing the dolphins was the highlight of the tour and the boat tour in general was extraordinary.

Very good activity - spent almost an hour next to the dolphins. Great tour guides Definitely recommend.