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Espichel Cape and Hell Beach 4x4 Jeep Tour

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

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

3. 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.

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Palmela and Arrabida 4x4

4. 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

5. 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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Sesimbra and Arrabida Natural Park Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

6. Sesimbra and Arrabida Natural Park Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

The 8-hour excursion begins with a drive to Palmela, a town known for its natural beauty. Visit the castle and enjoy magnificent views over the plain between the Tagus and Sado rivers. You’ll see the hills of São Francisco and Arrábida and also the Cristo Rei. Next stop is at the gates of the park, on the grounds of Azeitão. Inside Arrábida Natural Park you’ll learn about the protected area and its native plants and wildlife. You’ll also have an opportunity to relax in Portinho Arrábida. In the afternoon you’ll head to Sesimbra, a fishing village, where you’ll enjoy a walk along the coastal way that extends through the village. Visit the castle, now a National Monument. Continue on to Cabo Espichel for stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and stop for a wine tasting.

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Full-Day Arrábida Park Private Tour from Lisbon

7. Full-Day Arrábida Park Private Tour from Lisbon

Discover the stunning beauty of the Arrábida Natural Park on the Sado River estuary on a full-day sightseeing tour from Lisbon. Following a pick-up from your hotel or apartment, transfer by air-conditioned minivan across the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril), which spans the Tagus River and sets you on course for the coastal town of Cascais. Relax on the 30-minute journey to Arrábida Natural Park and then marvel at the abundance of trees and beautiful flora. The 108-acre park is one of 30 nationally protected regions and is home to the famous Convento de Nossa Senhora da Arrábida, a former monastery built in the 16th century. Continue through the park, catching glimpses of the golden sand beaches surrounding the Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira). Go to Cabo Espichel and hop out to explore the Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a pilgrimage site since the early 18th century. Stroll to the nearby cliffs for breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to the Setubal Peninsula to explore the quiet fishing town of Sesimbra. Head to the Moorish Castle high above the town, before a break for lunch (not included), either in Sesimbra or in the nearby bay of Portinho da Arrábida. Your guide will be happy to provide recommendations. If you selected the optional 3-hour dolphin cruise, rendezvous with your guide and transfer to a luxury catamaran. Cruise the serene waters listening to live onboard narration and keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins. Alternatively, bask in the sun at one of Arrábida’s hidden beaches, or taste traditional food and wine at a local cellar. Transfer back to Lisbon. 

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From Lisbon: Half-Day Arrábida Tour w/ Transfers

8. From Lisbon: Half-Day Arrábida Tour w/ Transfers

You have a choice of landmarks and attractions that can be worked into a 4-hour program. First, visit Albufeira Lagoon and its warm waters known as a perfect place for kayaking, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Then, visit an almost wild Praia das Bicas, an unexplored beach with clear waters in the Sesimbra area. From the cliffs, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the ocean and of the Sintra ridge in the background. Cabo Espichel is an impressive cliff where you can visit the sanctuary and the Church of Nossa Senhora do Cabo and the aqueduct. Make the most of this incredible landscape by making a toast. Admire the dinosaur footprints at Zambujal. Then at Sesimbra Castle, contemplate the view over the fishing village. Sesimbra is a fishing village located in a bay with calm waters. In the village, you can enjoy fish and seafood of exceptional quality and take a walk along the breakwater near the beach. Afterwards, head to Portinho da Arrábida, a paradisiacal beach with crystal clear waters and white sand in the mouth of the river Sado. It can’t be missed. Serra da Arrábida is a climb up to the top of the ridge. You will have no words to describe the incredible landscape presented in front of you. To the north, you will be able to see the entire city of Lisbon, the mountains of S. Luís, S. Francisco, Louro and Gaiteiros. And to the south, the crystal clear blue sea, the islets, the Tróia peninsula and the city of Setúbal. Then go to the Azeitão in the cellars of José Maria da Fonseca to have a tasting of the best regional wines and the local delicacy of Tortas de Azeitão.

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Lisbon: Arrábida Tour w/ a 4x4 Kart Adventure

9. 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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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

4.9 / 5

based on 27 reviews

On the day of our departure we had half day free so we were wondering what to do. We were lucky enough to come across this tour offered by Lisbononwheels. The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable, patient, and friendly! The van was comfortable, with A/C and onboard Wi-fi, and there were bottles of water free of charge, in case that we got thirsty. The guide took us to see breathtaking spots in Arrabida, and to our minds Praia da Lagoa de Albufeira-Mar was the most impressive beach we haven seen so far in Portugal! We took our time at each spot and could enjoy a hassle-free morning. It was the best way to say goodbye to Lisbon. This is a tour I would recommend to anyone who wants to explore hidden parts of Lisbon and enjoy wonderful views! For couples, it is a must in Lisbon!

The trip was wonderful !!!! The guide speaks good French and English and is very friendly. We had explanations on the areas visited. The tour is absolutely to do. The landscapes are magnificent and not possible to discover the south of Portugal otherwise. We had a great half day. You must be equipped with good walking shoes that do not slip. TO DO!!!! Thanks to our guide for this tour !!!!

We had a great experience with Cesar. The fishing village of Sesimbra and the beach are delightful and the wine tour was super informative and relaxed! The nice views from the Arrabida mountains were an added bonus! Cesar is very passionate about the local culture and food and we had a very pleasant time.

It was a wonderful ride. I recommend 100%. I was a little hesitant to score, because it's winter and it's cold, but I took a chance. Worth it! Beautiful beaches, small caves and we saw dolphins…;)

Apparently this is one of the lesser known tours and I will just say.....do not miss this tour! The scenes are breathtaking!