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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.

Sesimbra: Stand Up Paddle Board Bay Tour

2. 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.

Sesimbra: Inflatable Water Park

3. Sesimbra: Inflatable Water Park

Visit an inflatable water park in the bay of Sesimbra beside Praia da Califórnia. Navigate slides, trampolines, pyramids, and balance beams the ocean water in an activity suitable for both children and adults. Take on the obstacle course and challenge your friends to complete it in the fastest time possible. As you bounce and jump from each obstacle enjoy a fun-filled activity summer activity with your group.

From Sesimbra: Arrábida Coast SeaView Board Tour

4. 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.

Sesimbra: Hiking Tour to Espichel Cape

5. Sesimbra: Hiking Tour to Espichel Cape

After being collected from your accommodation, you will be transported to the remote lands of Espichel Cape, the second most western cape of Europe. Your trek will then begin in the sanctuary of Espichel Cape, where you will visit the small Memory Chapel, the church, the old hostels, Casa da Ópera, the aqueduct and Casa da Água. It is a rare example of a monumental sanctuary for religious pilgrimages, was scenographically designed from the ground up, and is a religious architectural complex that is unique to Portugal. Following this part of the tour, you will walk to the north where you will be able to view the Jurassic Cliffs, which feature footprints of dinosaurs and are a location of striking beauty. After a moment of contemplation from the top of the dramatic cliffs, you will descend to one of the most primitive beaches in Europe with time to explore and wander.

Sesimbra: Lagoon by the Ocean Kayak Trip

6. Sesimbra: Lagoon by the Ocean Kayak Trip

Your adventure will start on the south side of the Lagoon with a meeting point at Meira Pro Center (Escola Rui Meira) where you will be able to change into a wetsuit or swimsuit before the start of our trip on the Kayaks. Don't rush, relax and enjoy a coffee while we present you the beautiful "Lagoa de Albufeira" where kings of Portugal used to spend time relaxing while fishing on these same waters. You will receive a briefing on safety and how to use the Kayak equipment (life vest is mandatory) and its technics and off we go into the water. These water are super calm and the majority of the Lagoon is shallow making this location ideal for beginners and families with younger children. The tour will be circular following the shoreline of the beach towards the north side of the Lagoon which is hard to access and therefor almost empty even during the summer months. There will be time to stop on beach once we are on the north side of the Lagoon where snacks will be provided along with a relaxed time on the beach. This Lagoon is connect to the Atlantic ocean making it very unique and clean so a visit here is a must. The ones that love colder water will be able to enjoy a swim in the ocean as a stop will be made on the ocean beach for you to enjoy the point of view of our great bay stretching from Cabo Espichel on the south, all the way to Costa da Caparica on the north. Our trip will take around 3 hours in total with an easy pace and breaks in between. Fruits, water and a typical fisherman cake are included and well as beach towels and water resistant bags for you to transport any additional belongings.

Sesimbra: Kayak Tour to Secret Beaches and Caves

7. Sesimbra: Kayak Tour to Secret Beaches and Caves

Start your kayak tour from Praia da Califórnia. Cross the beautiful Bay of Sesimbra and pass through the Fort of Santiago. Take in the view of Sesimbra Castle and the Forte do Cavalo lighthouse. Paddle through crystal clear waters where you'll have the chance to see marine life in their breathtaking natural habitat. Explore the huge cliffs and caves on your way to Ribeira do Cavalo Beach, Cova da Mijona Beach, Tamboril Cave and other bays that are only accessible from the sea. Stop at Ribeira do Cavalo Beach to relax, take pictures and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Get in touch with nature and come explore these unique idyllic landscapes.

Sesimbra: Arrabida Natural Park Guided Snorkeling Adventure

8. Sesimbra: Arrabida Natural Park Guided Snorkeling Adventure

Snorkeling is your first step into an incredible world of opportunities and experiences. The beginning of a journey that changes the way you experience the world forever! The instructors know very well the area they are working in, so they have a different, more in-depth and specific knowledge. All our instructors are also certified and have a lot of experience in the area, making the activity safe for everyone and fun at the same time. The marine reserve Prof. Luiz Saldanha has calm waters all year round and unique conditions that make it one of the best diving spots in Continental Portugal.

From Sesimbra: Private Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Tour

9. From Sesimbra: Private Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré & Óbidos Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Sesimbra, you will head to Fatima, where you will enjoy one of the most important places of Christianity around the world. Once in Fatima, you will visit the sacred sanctuary, the memory chapel, and the Basilica of the Holy Trinity which in 2009 received the outstanding structure award by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering. You will also visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Rosary, which was built at the site of the Marian apparitions which were reported by three Portuguese children in 1917, and better known as Our Lady of Fátima. Later you will see the tombs of Blessed Francisco Marto, Blessed Jacinta Marto and Sister Lúcia dos Santos and the three children, with scenes of the Marian apparitions shown in stained glass. Afterwards, you will be driven west where you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery of Batalha, which was built in a Gothic style and classified a world heritage site by UNESCO. On this private tour you will then take a break for lunch in the colorful fishing village of Nazaré, where you can have a meal of fresh fish. Nazaré is composed by a sandy beach where you can listen to the rhythm of the pounding waves. It is also a perfect place for undisturbed walks along the shore, surfing, tanning, and of course, visiting the biggest wave in the world located on the north beach. You will be driven along the beautiful west coast where you can observe the multiple wild beaches of this remote area. The last stop is in the medieval village of Óbidos, famous for cobbled streets and steep staircases which wind up to the ramparts. From here you can gaze across a countryside of windmills and vineyards.

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What people are saying about Sesimbra

We liked a lot. The trip was great - we saw several dolphins and enjoyed a boat trip with great views. The staff was always helpful and professional. We liked the experience. It was a nice teip by boat with fantastic sights and we saw various dolphins .people in charge of the trip were professional and always polite.

The tour in 2009 was awesome ... in 2021 it was another great experience. Even if you didn't see any dolphins, the catamaran trip would be worth every penny.

A great trip on a great catamaran in the bay. We were able to observe and experience the dolphins (group of around 27 animals).

Everything went well! From booking to monitoring on the boat and enough time with the dolphins

I really enjoyed the tour, and I've already recommended it to my friends.