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Lisbon: Sesimbra Kayak Discovery Experience

1. 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: Coasteering Adventure in Arrábida Natural Park

2. Sesimbra: Coasteering Adventure in Arrábida Natural Park

Explore the coast of Portugal’s picturesque Sesimbra on a unique coasteering activity, and experience the latest adventure sport craze to hit Portugal and Arrábida. Coasteering is a mix of rock climbing, rappelling, swimming and walking, and Sesimbra is one of the best spots for the sport. Thanks to its combination of a natural protected area with the blue green translucent waters of the sea, coasteering in Sesimbra is a special adventure guaranteed to be a thrill whatever time of year. Meet your guide at the Porto de Abrigo to collect your coasteering equipment. As you’d expect, this activity requires several security measures, and you will be assisted and monitored by experienced professionals all the time. You’ll be provided with a helmet, buoyancy aid wet suit, and trainers. Some routes require rappelling and the use of a harness. Ropes and rescue kits are available in case of an emergency, but typically the activity is a cool and calm experience. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes as you swim, walk, climb, and jump. Clamber over magnificent rocky escarpments that plunge over bays and coves.

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 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.

Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

4. Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

Depart from the Marina and search for dolphins in their natural habitat. See bottlenoses dolphins as well as common dolphins in the clear blue waters of the park, without disturbing their natural behaviour.  Observe various forms of wildlife and birds in the park. Swim and sunbathe on some of Portugal's most beautiful beaches, only accessible by sea. Visit caves and rock formations along the entire coastline of the park and hear of the mysterious history during the XVIII century from your local guide.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast Day Tour

5. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca Coast Day Tour

Escape noisy Lisbon on a visit to nearby sites of natural and architectural beauty. See Sintra's historic center, Pena, Cascais, and more on this day excursion. On this full-day tour, start off with a walk-in Pena Park. Feel like royalty in Pena Palace while your guide explains its history. Marvel at the views of the surrounding landscape and the Atlantic Ocean. If you choose the option without the Pena Palace ticket, enjoy free time in the old town of Sintra. Next visit Sintra's historical center. Enjoy lunch or visit the National Palace. Continue on with a drive through the Sintra Mountains. Stop at the great cliffs at Roca Cape, which are the westernmost point of continental Europe. The last stop of the tour is the stylish town of Cascais, where you can take a relaxing walk along the bay before heading back to Lisbon.

Arrábida: Full-Day Hidden Paradise Tour

6. Arrábida: Full-Day Hidden Paradise Tour

Start the day with a visit to the Market of Livramento, one of the best in the world according to the American magazine The Times. After enjoying a typical fishermen's breakfast and seeing the local offer of fresh food and products, head to the Arrábida Nature Park. Take a swim at one of the idyllic beaches of this park and discover a hidden cave. Afterwards, head to the top of the mountain to get a panoramic view over the park, and marvel at the amazing sights. Here, you will also find a monastery that was once used by Franciscan Monks. Head back to Setúbal for a typical lunch with several different tapas of Portuguese food. At the end of the day, visit one of the local wineries for a tour and wine tasting. 

Sesimbra and Arrábida National Park Tour with Wine Tasting

7. 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.

Lisbon: Arrábida Snorkeling Adventure

8. Lisbon: Arrábida Snorkeling Adventure

Discover Arrábida, a magical place with breathtaking seas, sky, and mountains. See the Arrábida mountain's most beautiful high coastal cliffs along a calm and crystal blue sea. It is a place of high contrasts, with a very rich geological, ecological and cultural heritage linked with agriculture, fishing and cuisine.  Your 5-hour package includes snorkeling in the Arrábida waters, sightseeing and a trek through the mountains, or over the shadows of its valleys and peaks. Along the coastline several beaches await for you, with fine, warm sand, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Through the green vegetation of the Natural Park, there are clearings that unveil unique perspectives of the beaches and the sea. Experience all this in one day, and take the opportunity to dive into the amazing waters and discover the wildlife that is part of the beautiful coastline.

Portinho da Arrábida: Coasteering Trip

9. Portinho da Arrábida: Coasteering Trip

Coasteering is a multi-activity that uses various sports modalities such as trekking, climbing, swimming, abseiling, caving and many jumps into the water. The coasteering circuit is located in one of the most extraordinary places, on the border between the Arrábida Mountain Nature Park and the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, with its crystalline green waters. Venture into one of the most beautiful places in Portugal and enjoy a fun day full of activities.

From Lisbon: Remote South-West Coast Full-Day Private Tour

10. From Lisbon: Remote South-West Coast Full-Day Private Tour

Your tour will begin around 08:30, when you will be picked up from your accommodation or ship. As this is a private tour, your itinerary is flexible and you can choose which places you would most like to see, in discussion with your driver. You will start by heading south by the Iron Bridge towards Comporta beach, in the Troia region (a one-hour drive). Next, head further south to Melides, Santo André, Sines (the birthplace of Vasco da Gama), Porto Covo, Milfontes and Zambujeira do Mar. In between these points, depending on your preferences, you’ll have lunch at one of the many restaurants of the region that is known for its fresh fish and exquisite seafood. Along the way, proceed through the protected area of the southwest coast to Odiceixe, also a beautiful beach and one of the last points before reaching Algarve. On the return journey, there may be time for a short visit to São Teotónio, a traditional village in Alentejo, before returning to Lisbon by 6.30 PM.

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It was a very special experience! The 3 hours are perfect to experience everything essential. The guides are networked with each other and help each other to find the dolphins. After we were able to observe many dolphins, we went by boat to a few grottos and to visit remote beaches from the water. Definitely recommended!

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

It was a wonderful experince. Our guide found the dolphins pretty fast and we cruised with them for about one hour. We also visited some caves near by and our guide had interesting information about them.

Pedro was outstanding above and beyond all expectations… thank you so much