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From Lisbon: Paragliding Flight with Transfers

1. From Lisbon: Paragliding Flight with Transfers

On this paragliding flight you will fly over a fantastic spot near Lisbon. Usually we fly in Praia das Bicas, Praia da Fonte da Telha, Arrábida and Sesimbra. We choose the flight site according to the weather. After a brief briefing on flight procedure, take-off and safety, get ready for your first flight - enjoying a scenic experience over the flight site. With your pilot instructor, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the fantastic views!

Lisbon Surf Experience

2. Lisbon Surf Experience

Experience the impressive waves of the Atlantic Ocean on a half-day or full-day surf adventure from Lisbon, and discover some of the most beautiful white sand beaches and surf spots for beginners or advanced surfers just 10 to 30 minutes’ drive from the city center. Get to surf some of the coolest hidden spots with a local surfer. Transfer from Lisbon Zoo, enjoying views of the rich coastline and its varied elements along the way. See deserted beaches and uncrowded waves. Go to the Costa da Caparica, where the Tejo River (River Tagus) flows into the ocean. A place of unique natural heritage, the fossil cliffs of Caparica are a “Protected Landscape.” Carved by the fury of the waves and elements of erosion, the coastline receives swells of all kinds. It’s a consistent surf area, offering a variety of waves for all levels of surfing experience. Surf with different sized boards, depending on your skill set. Try different shapes, and discover the most suitable board for you. Full surf equipment and wetsuits are provided, along with optional video footage so you can check out your technique and make any adjustments as needed.

Lisbon: Kayaking and Snorkeling Adventure

3. Lisbon: Kayaking and Snorkeling Adventure

Maximize your time in Lisbon by experiencing a memorable adventure in the Arrabida Natural Park, and have fun with friends and family kayaking, snorkeling, and exploring caves. Glide along the crystal clear waters of Arrabida in your kayak and enjoy several breaks to explore caves and take an optional opportunity to jump from a cliff. Snorkel next to the iconic Anicha Rock, one of the most recognizable features in the park, and look out for bountiful sea life around you. Relax as you enjoy several breaks to enjoy coffee and snacks, and soak in the fantastic views as you cross the Portuguese answer to the Golden Gate Bridge to and from the park.

Lisbon: Arrábida Snorkeling Adventure

4. 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.

Costa da Caparica: Surf Experience

5. Costa da Caparica: Surf Experience

Experience the incredible waves of the Atlantic Ocean on surf adventure just outside Lisbon. Discover beautiful white sand beaches and surf spots that are just 10 to 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon city center. Find waves that are suitable for your skill level, from beginner to advanced. Get to surf some of the coolest hidden spots with a local surfer. The Costa da Caparica is where the Tejo River flows into the ocean. The coastline receives swells of all kinds. Surf with different sized boards, depending on your skillset and experience. Try different shapes, and discover the most suitable board for you as an expert instructor gives you tips. Full surf equipment and wetsuits are provided. Choose the option that includes video footage if you’d like to check out your technique and make any adjustments.

Portuguese Wine History & Amazing Surroundings Tour

6. Portuguese Wine History & Amazing Surroundings Tour

This Welcome Spring Tour combines white sands with various tones of blue, clear waters and deep greens of the Arrábida National Park. Start with a pick-up from your hotel between 08:30 and 09:30, your choice. At 13:15, start the private car ride to Palmela Castle. The construction of this monument began between the 8th and 9th-century by the Moorish. Nowadays, it is the right spot to see the Tagus and Sado River with an Atlantic Sea touch. Visit Palmela village before starting the 25 minute drive to JMF wine cellary or/and Bacalhoa winery. Toast after the visit. Head to Arrabida National Park and Portinho Beach, deemed one of the prettiest in all of Portugal. Enjoy the sun, have a dive or just relax. After, late lunch, enjoying fresh fish or seafood in a local restaurant that we can book or suggest in Sesimbra. After the meal a walk to Santiago Fort. The next stop will be Meco Beach. Afterwards, it will be time to return to Lisbon.

Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

7. Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

Discover Arrabida Natural Park and Sesimbra on a Day Trip from Lisbon. Learn about the history of the region from your expert guide, admire the beauty of the coastline, and visit a Moorish castle, lunch on fresh fish and swim at a hidden beach. Meet your guide at your local Lisbon hotel for your day trip to Arrábida National Park and Sesimbra. Hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan and cross the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril). Drive for about 40 minutes and arrive at the stunningly green Arrábida Natural Park. Enter the park while learning from your guide the history of this protected region, and reach the cliffs of Meco Beach, where you can admire the beauty of the Western Coastline. Cruise onward to the beautiful cliffs of Cabo Espichel. Here, hop out to see Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a 600-year-old religious site where pilgrims gathered to honor Our Lady of the Cape. Then, snap some clifftop panoramic shots of the stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean. Next, drive to the charming seaside town of Sesimbra, where local fishermen haul in fresh catches from the ocean. Stroll to the Moorish castle and discover its medieval roots. Afterward, stop for lunch (own expense) fresh fish in Sesimbra. Rejoin your guide and continue driving by unmapped roads to explore the Southern Coastline of the Park, where you'll discover St. Margareth's Cave (moderate walking required) and the charming Portinho da Arrábida harbor. Continue by a curvy seaside road, admiring the gorgeous beaches of Arrábida, to Setúbal, where you'll visit the Casa da Baía Center, a historical XVIII century building hosting local products and an interpretative center about the resident dolphin community. Alternatively, spend some free time soaking up the sun and swimming at Galapos, Galapinhos, or Praia dos Coelhos, Arrábida’s hidden golden beaches. After an adventurous day, ride back to your Lisbon hotel where this tour ends.

Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

8. 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.

Arrábida: Full-Day Hidden Paradise Tour

9. 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: Coasteering Adventure in Arrábida Natural Park

10. 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.

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This was my first time rock climbing. Luis was really patient snd understanding. I managed to do big climbs that I never thought possible. Luis was amazing and really knowledgeable. 10/10 I recommend him

It was a great day, we visit Palmela Castle, Arrabida and Sesimbra have amazing views, very good food in Fort Sesimbra, and the winery Jose Maria da Fonseca and Quinta de Alcube, good wine. GREAT GIDE!

Best way to see Sintra- so pleasant and convenient. Also can cover much more ground than if trying to use public transport!

Great itinerary with a highly knowledgeable and engaging guide. Outstanding experience, highly recommend!

A beautiful tour of the park and various historic sites. The guide, Gil, was excellent and fun.