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Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

1. Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

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 pilgrim 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 (own expense), 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 for the end of the tour services, enjoying the splendid views along the way.

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From Sesimbra: Arrábida Coast SeaView Board Tour

2. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Coast SeaView Board Tour

Become a SeaView explorer and discover and learn more about the aquatic world of the Luís Saldanha Marine Park and Maritime Reserve with a SeaView board. Join an easy activity that's suitable for all ages, ideal for groups of friends, couples, families and team building activities. Additionally, enjoy a boat tour of the Arrábida coast. Depart from the harbor in Sesimbra and be amazed by the beautiful coastal scenery while you head to isolated spots waiting to be discovered on your SeaView board. Once there, feel free to explore the amazing seafloor and the aquatic life of Arrabida's crystal clear waters as well the small caves brimming with mussels and clamshells. Receive a complimentary GoPro to use during your activity to record this unforgettable experience.

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Sesimbra and Arrabida Natural Park Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

3. 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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Sesimbra: Serra da Arrábida Natural Park Sunset Boat Tour

4. Sesimbra: Serra da Arrábida Natural Park Sunset Boat Tour

Enjoy a boat tour along the coast of Lisbon and observe the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park from a totally different perspective. Cruise between the small and hidden treasures Arrábida offers and past the best beaches near Lisbon, including the award-winning Ribeira do Cavalo and the Praia da Mijona beaches. Stop in the Gregorian gardens to enjoy the view over the bay and visit old warehouses from the 1960s. Experience the wonderful scenery resting over calm waters with the lights shimming from Sesimbra city center. Take in all of this while tasting some of the best wines of the region before returning to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Sesimbra

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 472 reviews

Excellent circuit yet very badly started by bad weather. that said, in the rain the landscapes are magnificent then in the sun it must be exceptional. Joao, our guide knew by his kindness and his culture to make us discover a whole journey of Portugal that we did not know. We loved it and we hope to spend a few days of vacation with our family there. Thanks again Joao

Memorable!

Thanks to Filipe, our guide, for the incredible day that the children and I spent !! It was good advice. Her kindness added a little extra during the excursion. The excursion to the dolphin observatory was more than memorable. Thank you for everything !! Alexandra, Thomas and Noah

Our guide, Nuno, was exceptional. He knew exactly where to take us ...and the scenery, sites, towns were breathtaking. I highly recommend this tour, and make sure to eat at Restinguinha in Setubal.

joão was such an amazing, knowledgeable and lovely Tour Guide! loved every minute of the Tour and felt very safe! the Tour has been the Highlight of our vacation

Very successful trip

It was really a very successful trip in an optimal small group with a very hard-working and friendly tour guide.