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Castelo de Sesimbra

Castelo de Sesimbra: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Lisbon: Private Wine Tour with Wine and Food Tastings

1. From Lisbon: Private Wine Tour with Wine and Food Tastings

Enjoy your complete and private full day Wine and Food tasting experience, with entrances to 2 or 3 of the most reputable Wineries of Península de Setúbal (one of the most famous Portuguese Wine Regions), with Wine and Regional Food tasting. You will experience breathtaking views of Arrábida, in an air-conditioned car or minivan and the best comfort. We will visit Monuments like Cabo Espichel, Sesimbra/Palmela Castle or Christ King Sanctuary, one of the best fresh markets in the world (except Mondays), a traditional Tiles Factory, and much more! Only you/your group will be on this tour and it can be tailor made. Private pick-up and drop-off from your accommodation or other pick-up point that's suitable for you. This tour is suitable during all year and seasons.

From Sesimbra: Ribeira do Cavalo Beach and Caves Boat Tour

2. From Sesimbra: Ribeira do Cavalo Beach and Caves Boat Tour

Pass by wild bays, caves, and cliffs on this guided boat trip from Sesimbra to Ribeiro do Cavalo beach. Set off on an adventure to enjoy the landscape, dive into the clear waters, visit the mythical beach of Inferno, and learn about the history of the region's ancient fishermen and whale hunters. Start your tour at California Beach and cruise through the bay of Sesimbra and admire the huge cliffs, caves, and nooks along the way. Soak in the coast's breathtaking landscape including Fort Santiago, Castelo de Sesimbra, Gruta do Tamboril, and other bays that are only accessible by sea. Upon reaching the remote beach of Praia Ribeira do Cavalo, walk on the small strip of white sand, and take a dip in a turquoise sea of calm, crystalline waters. Discover how its name comes from one of the huge rocks on the beach. Head to 2 more secret beaches with unique landscapes, including the Praia do Inferno Beach which is adorned with pebbles and boulders and sheltered inside a cove. Relax on the return trip to the village of Sesimbra.

Arrábida National Park Jeep Tour

3. Arrábida National Park Jeep Tour

Enjoy a day away from the city and visit the stunning Arrábida Nature Park. This jeep tour will take you to places you might not have been able to access normally, including the secular convents, castles, caves, viewpoints and cliffs over the sea. A lot of the paths are covered in typical Mediterranean vegetation and can only be travelled by jeep. Much of the park is under environmental protection and some sites can only be accessed with the permission of the park. You can also visit one of the most famous wine cellars in the region and taste the most charismatic wine of Setúbal, the "Moscatel de Setúbal".

From Lisbon: Arrabida Natural Park Private Full-Day Tour

4. From Lisbon: Arrabida Natural Park Private Full-Day Tour

Enjoy your day, starting crossing 25 Abril bridge (like goldengate in San Francisco), after that ww will cist Sesimbra, Sesimbra Castle, Portinho Arrábida, View point of Portinho Arrábida and its speechless views, Setubal (lunch time), Sao Filipe Castle, Palmela Castle and Azeitão village . we can do wine tasting there, if available (extra costs), Cristo rei (passing by).

Tour from Lisbon to Serra de Arrabida with a van VW vintage

5. Tour from Lisbon to Serra de Arrabida with a van VW vintage

It's with a 1970 van combi that you're going to have a stunningly beautiful experience. Get your cameras ready today. After crossing the 25th of April bridge we head towards Cape Espichel, where the raw nature is striking. Let's head for Sesimbra along the famous N379 road. Mythical and picturesque road of Portugal, it crosses a part of the Serra d'Arrabida. This natural park of 10,800 hectares is bordered, on one side by the mountain whose highest point is the Pico do Formosinho (501 meters) and on the other by an exceptionally beautiful coastline. Before arriving to Setùbal, we will make a stop at the Sao Filipe castle which offers an incredible panorama on the city of Setùbal.

From Sesimbra: Cultural Region of Three Castles Tour

6. From Sesimbra: 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 2 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.

From Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour to the Algarve

7. From Lisbon: 3-Day Private Tour to the Algarve

Day 1 Depart from Lisbon, heading to Evora in the Alentejo region by crossing the beautiful suspension bridge. Admire the city and the monument to Christ-King. Evora is a place where different civilizations have thrived and the evidence still remains. See the ancient "Temple of Diana" built in the Roman period, along with the magnificent aqueduct of "Agua da Prata."  Built further in the 11th and 12th centuries by the Arabs, Evora was the residence of Portuguese kings and a point of convergence for renowned artists that were supported by the patronage and dynasty reigning in Portugal. This period of discovery created a wealth in Evora that saw the construction of numerous aristocratic mansions of the city, such as the Jesuit university. The highlight, however, is the Church of San Francisco and the Bones Chapel, clothed with skulls and bones of 500 monks. See next the medieval village of Monsaraz, its narrow stone streets and houses painted white adding special charm to this place and its inhabitants. Later, arrive in Albufeira where you will spend the night. This historic center has a traditional atmosphere, whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets filled with cafes, shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Day 2 Depart to Lagos. In the middle of the 16th century, Lagos was the great base of support for the Discoveries, and the evidence of this is highly visible. See the Sagres Fortress where cannons, a 16th century tower and the Church of Our Lady of Grace and a beautiful sundial await your discovery. After, visit the nearby Fortress of “Cabo de Sao Vicente” which was built in the 16th century to protect the coast from the Moorish attacks. Return to Albufeira to spend the night. Day 3 On the return trip to Lisbon you will stop of a the town of Sesimbra to visit its Moorish Castle on the hillside north of the village. Classified as a national monument in 1910, it is now one of the most visited sites in the county. Down in the bay, you will visit the Maritime Museum of Sesimbra where you will learn the connection of this village to the sea and the history of its local fishermen. Enjoy here a 3D movie that will transport you back in time to medieval times and beyond. Continue on to Setubal downtown where you can find stores for all tastes, whether global department stores or niche local antiquities. Most of the streets here converge to “Praça do Bocage,” Setubal´s local meeting point. Lined with esplanades and dedicated to one of the greatest figures of Portuguese poetry, this statue with its eyes fixed on the sea is the landmark of this busy square. Return to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Setúbal, Arrábida and Cabo Espichel Private Day Trip

8. Lisbon: Setúbal, Arrábida and Cabo Espichel Private Day Trip

Drive through the long Vasco da Gama Bridge to visit the beautiful city of Setúbal and its huge fish market. Then head towards Arrábida Natural Park and be overwhelmed by its landscape of green facing the ocean. There are several incredible viewpoints where we'll stop. The beaches below the mountain are some of the most beautiful in Portugal. Head towards Sesimbra for lunch, where fish and seafood are known country wide, then visit the medieval Castle for some amazing coastal views. Continue to Cabo Espichel where the land seems to end and the ancient sanctuary provides a nice contrast with the blue ocean. Finish the day going up Cristo-Rei (Christ the King) statue overlooking Lisbon. Optionally, shorten the visit to Setúbal to enjoy some time at an amazing beach or visit a local winery in Azeitão and taste a variety of wines.

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What people are saying about Castelo de Sesimbra

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 22 reviews

I booked onto the group tour of Arrabida National Park by Jeep style vehicle, which included various sites along the way… it delivered all of that and much more! Ended up being the only ‘client’ on the tour so got my own personal tour which meant we could fit in some extra sites and activities. Such a treat! Miguel was a true ‘old school’ gent, opening all the doors, checking I was happy and enjoying myself throughout the day :) Very knowledgeable and passionate about all things Portugal so the conversation flowed well, he taught me a bit of Portuguese too…he also made me laugh all day long! Even if some of his material were terrible ‘dad’ jokes haha. Not sure about his photography skills though - hopefully he’s improved after my mentoring :) Thank you Miguel …will not forget such a fab day…top highlight of my trip! ;)

Had an excellent and informative trip with Daniel. Explored the coastline and some of the caves, with the opportunity to also go for a swim. A very good experience!

We really liked the experience! The walk very entertaining and with impressive views. We were lucky to see dolphins during the ride. Highly recommended!

The tour was great, Daniel is very knowledgeable and professional. We will come back for more

Very nice and accommodating staff, and the views were amazing!