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Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

1. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

Tour the 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 and enjoy some snorkeling. 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.

From Lisbon: Kayak Trip to Arrabida Park

2. 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 pickup from Lisbon or 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. 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 on the Kayak from the starting point is 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. 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). 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. If you chose pickup, get driven back to Lisbon for drop-off.

Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

3. 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.

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.

Espichel Cape and Hell Beach 4x4 Jeep Tour

5. 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.

From Sesimbra: Hiking Tour of Arrábida Mountain

6. From Sesimbra: Hiking Tour of Arrábida Mountain

Discover the beauty of the Arrábida Mountain and its surroundings on this beautiful hike. Learn about the Arrábida flora and fauna from your specialist local guide and explore the various vegetation that grows there. Zigzag through the pathways of plants as you head to the top of the mountain (501 m) and marvel at the amazing view. Snap a photo from the summit of the Arrábida as you overlook one of the most beautiful areas in the Mediterranean.  From the top, gaze at the stunning panoramic views of the Setúbal Peninsula, Serra do Risco, and the coastline of Lisbon.

From Sesimbra: Ribeira do Cavalo Beach and Caves Boat Tour

7. 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.

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.

Sesimbra: Ribeira do Cavalo Beaches and Caves Boat Tour

9. Sesimbra: Ribeira do Cavalo Beaches and Caves Boat Tour

After gathering at the meeting point, you will begin your tour to appreciate the small beaches hidden between the various escarpments and caves. You can observe the Fort of São Domingos da Baralha Ruins, as well as the old warehouses of fishing armours from the 60s. There will be plenty of time to stop at one of the beaches or coves for swimming in the calm, transparent, and crystalline waters. Later, stop by Ribeira do Cavalo Beach, famous for being one of the most beautiful places of the Arrabida Reserve. You will also enjoy the Praia do Inferno (Evil Beach), and the Mijona and Baleeira beaches, before traveling through the Arco do Pombeira (Pombeira's Arch). This tour will prove to be the perfect opportunity to discover the secrets and stories of this region, and at the conclusion of your experience, you will result at your tour starting point.

Sesimbra: Stand Up Paddle Board Bay Tour

10. Sesimbra: Stand Up Paddle Board Bay Tour

After arriving at Praia da Califórnia first take an introductory class with your paddle board and learn the basics of navigation and safety with the equipment. After this brief introduction, begin your exploration of the beautiful bay of Sesimbra. Paddle along the bay of Sesimbra passing through the huge escarpments, caves, and nooks to reach Praia Ribeira do Cavalo. Discover colorful underwater reefs, a sunken ship, and other points of interest only accessible by sea. Throughout, enjoy fantastic views of the bay, The Fortress of Saint James, and the Castle of Sesimbra.

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What people are saying about Sesimbra

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 540 reviews

Highly recommend!! Such a fun and beautiful day. Pickup was right next to my hostel and very easy to find. The guide was fantastic and local. Such a great experience. Made everyone feel so comfortable. Even if you have never kayaked before, you need to do this. The guide will help and teach you. 10/10! I really enjoyed this experience so much.

The trip was everything I'd hoped for. Our guides were great and very informative about the local area. The water at the beach lunch "stop" point was simply beautiful. For me as a very inexperienced kayaker, the 4 hour tour was just right. I would definitely recommend!!

Tanya the tour guide was very knowledgeable and made the difference in the trip. Would recommend anyone looking for a change from the crowd inn Lisbon. AL Cube gamy run winery was excellent. Thank you Tanya

I really enjoyed ,very friendly,adventurous and everything else,I really recommend you Look Around Tours

A brilliant day out, great guides, amazing scenery and very good value for money, would recommend.