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Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

1. 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.

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Lisbon: Sesimbra Kayak Discovery Experience

2. 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.

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Espichel Cape and Hell Beach 4x4 Jeep Tour

3. 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.

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From Sesimbra: Hiking Tour of Arrábida Mountain

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

5. 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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Lisbon: Arrábida Tour w/ a 4x4 Kart Adventure

6. Lisbon: Arrábida Tour w/ a 4x4 Kart Adventure

Depart from Lisbon by the 25 de Abril Bridge. You will take a road by the beautiful countryside of Setúbal. A kart will be waiting for you at Arrábida Mountain for a 2-hour adventure. This way, you will be able to explore areas not accessible with conventional cars. You will be shown the part of this region in a different and fun way. Lunch will be served in a restaurant located in the walls of the medieval Castle of Palmela. A tasting menu with several typical Portuguese dishes will be served that will be absolutely delicious.  In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit a genuinely Portuguese wine cellar different from the touristic wineries, where you will be able to taste some of the best wines of the region. Finally to conclude, you will be able to enjoy the fabulous landscape from the top of Serra da Arrábida.

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Lisbon: Sesimbra Underwater Exploration by Seaview Board

7. 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.

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Sesimbra: Hiking Tour to Espichel Cape

8. Sesimbra: Hiking Tour to Espichel Cape

After being collected from your accommodation, you will be transported to the remote lands of Espichel Cape, the second most western cape of Europe. Your trek will then begin in the sanctuary of Espichel Cape, where you will visit the small Memory Chapel, the church, the old hostels, Casa da Ópera, the aqueduct and Casa da Água. It is a rare example of a monumental sanctuary for religious pilgrimages, was scenographically designed from the ground up, and is a religious architectural complex that is unique to Portugal. Following this part of the tour, you will walk to the north where you will be able to view the Jurassic Cliffs, which feature footprints of dinosaurs and are a location of striking beauty. After a moment of contemplation from the top of the dramatic cliffs, you will descend to one of the most primitive beaches in Europe with time to explore and wander.

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Arrábida 4x4 Tour & Hike to Galapinhos Beach

9. Arrábida 4x4 Tour & Hike to Galapinhos Beach

Enjoy a relaxing start to your day of adventure with a pick-up from your Sesimbra located accommodation. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will hop in your classic Jeep Cabrio-ATV vehicle and set off on your journey.  Cross the dense woods of Arrábida Natural Park, passing by Centenarium oak and cork trees, vineyards and old farms. You will have time for a snack in a magical spot idyllically located between the mountain and ocean. Go for a cruise along the most beautiful beaches of Arrábida Natural Park, here you can take part in a hiking tour to visit one of Europe's most beautiful beaches, Galapinhos beach. Next, it's time to visit the ancient ruins of Roman times near the main beach of Arrábida where you can also visit an industrial complex of fish production. On the way back you will cross the old paths of south Arrábida, passing by the highest limestone coastal cliff in Europe, in the unique and astonishing form of a stone wave, Serra do Risco. At the end of your tour you will be taken back to your accommodation to relax after a day of excitement. 

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Lisbon: Cultural Region of Three Castles Tour

10. Lisbon: Cultural Region of Three Castles Tour

After being picked up from your hotel or accommodation, your walking tour will begin. You will start with a tour of Sesimbra Castle, which was the last of the irregular-shaped hill forts constructed by the Moors prior to the invasion by the Christians in the 12th century. You will then head to Espichel Cape, located to the west of Sesimbra, Portugal. Travelers are drawn there due to impressive views of its cliffs facing the Atlantic Ocean, and you will be able to take spectacular photos from Arrábida's Natural Park over the Atlantic Ocean. You will then have time to visit the “Livramento” Market in Setúbal, which was considered one of the best in the world. Here you will discover a huge variety of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, bread, cheeses, and regional pastries. Following these markets, you will be granted some free time for lunch in the fishing town of Setubal, where you can choose to taste the famous cuttle fish and the delicious red mullet fish. After your break, you will visit the village of Azeitão, where the famous Quinta da bacalhoa wine company is located. Here you will enjoy a wine tasting of 3 renowned wines, and visit 3 different art galleries. Following this, you will visit a tile factory, where you can watch the traditional European methods of tile making. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped off back to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Sesimbra

Annabelle is a super nice tour guide! The kayaking tour was really nice although mid-way it started pouring rain. Annabelle kept on the good spirit and has a lot of great tips in and around Lisbon as well!

5-star experience, amazing, helpful guide, beautiful beach and ocean! Thank you Miguel for making our holiday memorable! We will come back definitely to go for a dolhins watch! ;)

Awesome experience, staff were all so friendly and welcoming and made it a very fun, safe and enjoyable experience. I will be back again!

Great experience with an excellent guide. I strongly recommend taking on this adventure. You will be well taken care of.

Annabelle is an excellent guide and I had a lot of fun kayaking with her.