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Our most recommended Setubal Cruises & Boat Tours

Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

1. Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Depart from Setubal or Tróia onboard a 22-meter long catamaran and go in search of the community of dolphins that inhabit the Sado estuary. Be accompanied by a knowledgeable crew who will use their expertise to locate these playful dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn more about this unique dolphin community, the only one of its kind in Portugal, with your expert guides. Sail through the estuary and admire the beautiful landscapes of the coastline of the Arrábida Natural Park. Keep an eye out for the playful dolphins which have inhabited this part of the coast for generations. Watch the dolphins frolic and play as they swim through the calm waters. Hear more about their feeding habits, breeding and their relationship to humans on an informative and relaxing boat trip.

Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

2. Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

Take in a unique experience designed for those who want adventure and nature activities. The region of the Arrábida Natural Park and the Marine Park Luiz Saldanha offers the ideal conditions for Kayaking: good weather, clear and transparent waters, and a vast sea coast to explore.  Enjoy 2 hours of kayaking along the coast where you can admire one of the most scenic views of Portugal. Enjoy the quiet and narrow beaches between rocks and secret caves along the Serra da Arrábida.  Stop at Pedra da Anicha, a small island of clear and transparent waters. Take your time to snorkel and explore the great biological diversity, cracks, and underwater cavities that provide an excellent diving experience.

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 and Arrábida National Park Tour with Wine Tasting

4. 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.

Horseback riding in Comporta & Setúbal city from Lisbon

5. Horseback riding in Comporta & Setúbal city from Lisbon

Take a trip from Lisbon to Setúbal for a day of fun in the sun and the sea. Dive into the town's history and seafaring heritage on a walking tour. Take a ferry ride to the Troia Peninsula dotted with pine forested sand dunes. Then, in Comporta, mount your horse and gallop off to the beach. Explore Setúbal, the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry. Visit the bustling fish market of  Mercado do Livramento, the historic center, the Monastery of Jesus, and the São Filipe Fortress where you can soak in one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Next, head towards Comporta on a 25-minute ferry ride, admiring the beauty of the Troia's coast, one of the world’s longest uninterrupted stretches of sand, and keep your eye peeled for dolphins. Upon arrival in Comporta, a protected natural reserve suspended between sea and rice fields, get ready for horseback riding with instructions from your guide. Ride your horse across rice paddies, pine forests, and sand dunes until you reach the Atlantic coast. At the end of the tour, return to the center of Lisbon in a comfortable minibus. Before bidding farewell to your guide, get recommendations on things to do during the rest of your stay in Lisbon.

Arrábida: Stand Up Paddle & Snorkeling Experience

6. Arrábida: Stand Up Paddle & Snorkeling Experience

Cruise across the gorgeous waters of Arrábida Natural Park and enjoy views of the biological diversity of Marine Park Luiz Saldanha. Enjoy the ideal conditions for stand up paddle that the area offers: calm, clear waters, a vast sea coast, and pleasant weather. Quickly learn the techniques of riding and paddling a SUP board from expert instructors. Once you’re comfortable on the water, paddle along the coves of Serra da Arrábida and the Marina Professor Luís Saldanha Reserve, through deserted and narrow beaches between the rocks. Finish the activity with snorkelling session and look out for marine life

Arrábida Natural Park: Wild Canoeing from Sesimbra

7. Arrábida Natural Park: Wild Canoeing from Sesimbra

Get in harmony with nature on a canoe trip through the Luís Saldanha Marine Park in the Arrábida Natural Park and see one of the most beautiful cliffs in Europe from a different perspective. Paddle along the coastline of Sesimbra and around the magnificent landscape, dominated by impressive escarpments and inlets. Encounter the marine life and discover the sea caves, pristine beaches and coves of the rugged landscape. Benefit from the services of a guide with expert knowledge of the region and learn all its secrets. Enjoy a 30-minute break to relax on a deserted beach before returning to Sesimbra. 

Setubal: Sport Fishing All Included

8. Setubal: Sport Fishing All Included

With calm waters all year in the Lisbon and Sesimbra region, you'll find Europe's best spots for sea angling. Protected by the north wind in this region, you will find calm waters full with many fish species that make this sport fishing tour remarkable. Whether you are a novice angler who wants a fun day out catching small fish with your family and friends or a pro who is looking for a trophy fish, this tour will be one to remember. On this all-inclusive trip, you'll have the use of all the tackle and bait you’ll need to target this diverse fishery and find from the professional crew and fishing coaches all the help you need to have a truly great day out at sea.  At the end, the fish captured will be yours to grill in the comfort of your house or to take amazing pictures if you are a catch and release angler.

Full-Day Electric Bike Tour: Arrábida Nature Park

9. Full-Day Electric Bike Tour: Arrábida Nature Park

Once at the meeting point, your guide will briefly introduce the itinerary and the group. Electric bikes will be explained and tested too. Then, from the naval station close to the Commerce Square, board one of the traditional ferries from Lisbon to Cacilheiro and cross the Tagus River to Barreiro. In Barreiro, a train will take you and your bicycle comfortably to Palmela in approximately 40 minutes. In Palmela, the first trip is to cycle to the Castle. The Castle of Palmela is rich in history. In this zone, archaeological findings confirm human occupation from the neolithic period as early as 310 A.C. The earliest fortifications were built by the Muslims around the 9th century. From the hill, you can see the Rivers Sado and Tagus. If the day is clear, Lisbon and the Mountain range of Sintra are visible as well. In Palmela, visit archeological sites and have a coffee break. When leaving the Castle of Palmela, contemplate the beautiful Valley of the Barris, flanked by the mountainous forests of São Luís, Laurel and Arrábida.  Carry on along the less-frequented road of the Barris Valley, first on asphalt, then off-the-beaten-path between vineyards and sheep pastures. Arriving in the town of Nogueira de Azeitão, rest and  taste the region's famous Muscatel wine, tarts and buttery cheese. Burn some calories by cycling up the Arrábida Nature Park. As you go up, sights over the blue sea are of an indescribable beauty. Have a glimpse of the Arrábida Convent built in the 16th century. Finally, in the town of Setubal, take a well-deserved break and share your impressions around a table while savoring some fresh fish. Return to Lisbon by train.

Lisbon: Guided Setúbal History and Fish Market Tour

10. Lisbon: Guided Setúbal History and Fish Market Tour

Leave Lisbon and experience something different in regional Portugal. To become better acquainted with an exuberant variety of fish caught in the Atlantic, as well as cheese and wine from the Alentejo region, a visit to Setúbal is essential. The city is located at the edge of the ocean, and is also surrounded by a beautiful bay where a colony of dolphins lives. You will also discover the estuary of the Sado River, which is a refuge of a rich variety of birds. During your visit to the market, you will become familiar with this beautiful region and can also enjoy a lunch of grilled fish in a local restaurant. Later on, and in a beautiful belvedere overlooking the ocean with breathtaking views, your host will invite you to have a coffee and visit an old military fort of the 17th century to learn of its history. You will see the fishing port as well as the bay whilst learning about the Sado dolphins in a very unique location. Throughout your experience you will also visit the estuary, an old tide mill, and a bird-watching site.

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What people are saying about Setubal

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 39 reviews

The trip was awesome with Carolina being a wonderful guide. She was very friendly and have great knowledge about all the places in Portugal if you are also looking for suggestions. There was never a dull moment in the entire trip with Carolina explaining us about all the spots we visited and giving us enough time to explore. Had a great time. Really worth the recommendation.

The horseback riding in Comporta is SO NICE, the color of the water is breathtaking! And the whole experience is worth your time, I recommend it. It was our second time in Lisbon and we would like to try something new, thank you Flavio for the amazing time we had in Portugal!

It was an unforgettable morning, the children loved it! Certainly one of their best childhood's memories! Couldn't recommend it more! Vertente Natural respects nature, the guide was very knowledgeable and kind, an unforgettable expierence!

This was a wonder experience I will never forget. The charming village of Setubal, the amazing views and the funniest horseback ride I never had. Our tour guide, Flavio was extremely professional. Worth your money!! Muito obrigado!!

It was simply AMAZING!! Flavio, our guide, was very knowledgeable, and the horseback riding on the beach was unforgettable. I loved it and highly recommend for those who wants to have a once in a lifetime experience when in Lisbon.