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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.

Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

3. Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

Depart from the Sesimbra Harbor and search for dolphins in their natural habitat with your marine biologist guide. See Bottlenose Dolphins as well as Short Beaked Common Dolphins in the clear blue waters of the park without disturbing their natural behavior.  Learn about their food habits, group behaviors, and family relations. Observe various forms of other wildlife, including birds, as well. At the end of the dolphin watching activity, take the opportunity to swim and sunbathe in one of the Portugal's most beautiful beaches, only accessible by sea. Also, visit some caves and rock formations along the coastline of the park.

Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

4. 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

5. 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: Scenic Boat Tour & Snorkeling/Paddle Boarding

6. 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: Full-Day Arrábida Culture & Wine Tasting Tour

7. From Sesimbra: Full-Day Arrábida Culture & Wine Tasting Tour

After pickup in Sesimbra you’ll visit the market in Setúbal, considered one of the best markets in the world. Explore the huge variety of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese and regional pastries on offer. Soak up the vibe and history of the city. Continue to the first winery, stopping to take spectacular photos from the Arrábida Natural Park over the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the luxury Quinta da Bacalhoa wine cellars with a local guide, and enjoy a wine tasting of three renowned wines. Your next stop is for lunch in Setúbal, one of the most iconic and picturesque fishing towns in Portugal. Continue to the José Maria da Fonseca winery to tour the cellars, then enjoy a private visit and wine tasting in Azeitão village. Following this, visit the Azulejos de Azeitão tiles factory and watch traditional European methods of tile making. Then take a walk through the medieval castle of Sesimbra. Visit the local church inside the castle, completely adored in azulejos tiles. Finally you’ll visit the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Cabo, a sanctuary that combines a church, a water tower supplied by an aqueduct, and an opera house, with impressive views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Espichel Cape and Hell Beach 4x4 Jeep Tour

8. 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.

Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

9. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

Depart from the harbor of Sesimbra and travel towards the famous Ribeiro do Cavalo beach. Enjoy the surrounding landscape and learn about the microclimate of the region from your guide.  Continue traveling westwards, where you will visit the beautiful beaches of Mijona and Inferno. Navigate along the shores of the Arrábida Natural Park and visit "Whale Bay" and learn about the history of whale hunting in the region.  Then, go towards Cabo Espichel and explore the caves and incredible rock formations dotted along the coast. Finally, enjoy a beautiful sunset with a sip of a typical drink from the region on the boat, before returning to Sesimbra.

Arrábida National Park Jeep Tour

10. 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".

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What people are saying about Sesimbra

The nature where we kayaked is beautiful! The equipment was ok. The group was big but with three guides, it felt ok. The cookies we had on the beach tasted delightful =) Our guide Annabelle took lots of pictures during the tour and shared those with everyone afterwards, which I appreciated. The pickup location in the city is not super easy to know as our Google Maps showed two different spots on two different devices, by using the address we received. And we were not the only ones to have issues with that, it seemed. So it would be great to share a screenshot of the map or something similar, to help people know where exactly to go.

We had a great time on the tour today. Absolutely worth the money and getting to Sesimbra from Lisbon. The guide was knowledgeable, the dolphins were amazing, and my kiddos had a spectacular time jumping off of the boat into the crystal blue water. One of the advantages of this tour is that it was a very small boat, which meant we could see the dolphins extremely well and were much closer to them than the folks on the other boats that we saw.

The activity was well organized and the friendly guide took us to beautiful spots, we were even lucky enough to see dolphins!

It was a really fun experience. We visited some beautiful caves and had an some amazing swims. Highly recommend it!

Everything was excellent!! Good guide, nice places and beautiful caves