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Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

1. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

Enjoy a boat tour in Arrábida Natural Park, starting at Sesimbra and heading towards Cabo Espichel. Wild beaches, stunning bays, caves and cliffs are some of the highlights of this magnificent tour. Set out on an adventure to discover all the splendour of this unique ecosystem. The tour will start at the sheltered port of Sesimbra. Firstly, visit the famous Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach. Enjoy the surrounding landscape as you dive and swim in the crystal clear waters. The tour will then proceed to the west where you will visit the mythical beaches of Mijona and Inferno.  Continue along the Arrábida Natural Park and see the famous whaling bay, taking the opportunity to learn a little about the history of the fishermen who used to hunt whales in this same area. Dive and swim in the crystal clear waters of this same beach. Typical liquor from the Setubal region will also be served. After this stop, sail towards Cabo Espichel where you will visit more caves and landscapes of incredible wonder. After all this adventure, return to the harbor of Sesimbra where this experience ends.

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.

From Lisbon: Kayak Trip to Arrabida Park

3. From Lisbon: Kayak Trip to Arrabida Park

Discover the wonders of the Sesimbra in the heart of Arrábida Natural Park on this guided trip. Explore the water by kayak and stop at the Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach for a picnic and some relaxation in the sun. Choose between the option with pickup from Lisbon or the option of meeting directly in the ancient village of Sesimbra (about a 45-minute drive from Lisbon). Once in Sesimbra, hop in a kayak (double sit on top kayaks) to go into the ocean. In both options, you'll have all the necessary equipment for kayaking, including mandatory life vests. Sesimbra is located in the heart of Arrábida Natural Park and has the most beautiful landscape in the region, filled with limestone cliffs, grouts, passages in between rock formations, and a beach to enjoy a break and soak in the sun. The first leg of the kayaking tour includes about 1.5-hours of paddling until you reach Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach. Enjoy a picnic break where you can admire the landscape in a relaxed way for about an hour. Get comfortable on a provided beach blanket. Enjoy a homemade, fresh picnic of a salad, fresh fruit, Farinha Torrada (a typical sweet from Sesimbra), and water. Options are available if you have food allergies or other restrictions (a message will be sent with extra info about the food and with extra info before the start of the trip) but by default, a chicken salad will be served. The second leg on the kayaks will bring you back to the starting point. The journey, in general, is a bit faster as you'll have some wind helping you on the return route so it should take about an hour. If you chose pickup from Lisbon you will have time to change into a dry set of clothes before going back to Lisbon for drop-off.

Sesimbra: Arrabida Natural Park & Caves Guided Kayaking Tour

4. Sesimbra: Arrabida Natural Park & Caves Guided Kayaking Tour

Venture along the caves and coves of Arrabida Natural Park on this kayaking tour from Sesimbra. Stop for beak and enjoy a snack of traditional sweets and some refreshing water. Plunge into the water at Ribeiro do Cavalo beach.  Meet your guide and get set up with high-quality kayaking gear. Stay safe and comfortable with the included backrest and life jacket. Keep your things dry with the use of a dry bag. Set off along the coast and keep an eye out for local wildlife along the way. Visit spaces that are only accessible by boat. Soak up the tranquility of the sea without the noise from a motor.  Go for a swim in the turquoise waters of the beach of Ribeiro do Cavalo. Take a walk on the beach and put your toes in the sand. Replenish with a delicious snack and some water before returning to Sesimbra.

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

5. From Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Kayak and Caves Tour

Depart from Sesimbra and discover the beauty of Arrábida's Natural Park. Go into the protected area of Arrábida and explore the different types of habitats, from mountains to the sea. Venture along the coast on a kayak to discover sacred caves that are only accessible by the sea. Find a secret beach on your way towards the remarkable karst formation of Frade's cave. Enjoy the coastal landscape and get up close to the impressive rock formations with your guide's help. On our way back to Sesimbra, stop on the peaceful beach of Ribeira do Cavalo. Enjoy a snack and swim in the transparent and calm waters, surrounded by dramatic rock formations. Taste some typical sweets from the region to cap off this amazing experience.

Sesimbra and Arrábida National Park Tour with Wine Tasting

6. 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.

Sesimbra: Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach Taxi Boat

7. Sesimbra: Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach Taxi Boat

Take a pleasant boat trip inside the Arrabida Natural Park to the stunning beach, Ribeiro do Cavalo, and return at the time of your choosing. Your day will start at the maritime pier, Espadarte, in the Port of Sesimbra, where a member of the boat team will be waiting for you. Once you’ve boarded the boat, it's a 10-15 minute trip along the coast of the Arrábida Natural Park to the idyllic beach known as Ribeiro do Cavalo. After landing on the beach, you can enjoy the crystal clear, tranquil waters of one of the best wild beaches in Europe, for as long as you wish. You can schedule the return time to Porto de Abrigo on the same day as your trip, with the skipper in charge.

Arrábida: Speedboat Tour with Coasteering Experience

8. Arrábida: Speedboat Tour with Coasteering Experience

Enjoying a half-day excursion full of adventures including climbing, swimming, canyoning and jumping into the water.  Coasteering is a physical activity that encompasses movement along the coastal zone on foot or by swimming, without the aid of any type of craft. As you travel along the coast, you'll discover the landscapes of Arrábida National Park in a unique way.  In addition to having a boat to support you during the activity, you will also enjoy a thrilling high-speed ride in the speedboat at the beginning of the activity.

Sesimbra: Scenic Boat Tour & Snorkeling/Paddle Boarding

9. Sesimbra: Scenic Boat Tour & Snorkeling/Paddle Boarding

Experience a surreal view of Sesimbra's coast on an intimate boat tour. Begin your adventure by meeting your guide at the Sesimbra Marina. We will travel west along the lush coastline of Arrábida Natural Park. Take in the 20M year-old vegetation and Serra da Arrábida mountain range. Next, make your way to the area's beautiful secluded beaches: Ribeira do Cavalo, Cova da Mijona, Inferno, and Baleeira. Learn about the fisherman's tales that are only known by few. Then enjoy a dip in the water with the option to paddle board or snorkel away from the crowds. At the end, you will taste some of Sesimbra's most famous local appetizers.

From Sesimbra: Ribeira do Cavalo Beach and Caves Boat Tour

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

Departures from California Beach, with a team that knows this route like no one else! We start the tour through the beautiful bay of Sesimbra, passing by huge cliffs, caves and nooks until Praia Ribeira do Cavalo. Then we visit 2 more secret beaches and unique landscapes. Along the way you will find crystal clear waters and a breathtaking landscape from Fort Santiago, Castelo de Sesimbra, Gruta do Tamboril and other bays only accessible by sea until the culmination of Praia Ribeira do Cavalo to take pictures and rest, keep going to Inferno Beach at the end of the point! This route is more than a tour, it is an experience with the contact at the level of nature and unique landscapes! No need with the joy and good mood that characterizes the Aquajump team! Duration up to 80 minutes. Guaranteed to have Memories for Life! From Lisbon is about 35 km, with a UBER its very easy to get to Sesimbra - Praia da Califórnia - and cheap, to get to one of the best beaches in Portugal! And do a amazing tour.

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What people are saying about Sesimbra

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 504 reviews

Amazing experience, especially for the price. Our tour guide took us along the coast. We saw really cool looking caves and afterwards, he took us to a very beautiful beach. He gave us local snacks as well as juice+water. The guide was really kind and made the experience really enjoyable

This experience was just amazing! We enjoyed every minute of it. The guide is super kind and he explains everything and helps everyone in the group. The nature was breathtaking, snacks were delicious and water was refreshing. Highly recommend!

It was a great experience and our tour guide, Martim, was amazing! We had a great time. Highly recommended! Thanks Martim!

Very nice tour, lovely views. The tour guide was very professional and kind. Highly recommended.

Chouette expérience, guides très sympathiques, bonnes explications