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From Sesimbra: Ribeira do Cavalo Beach and Caves Boat Tour

1. 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.

SUP at Arrábida: Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

2. SUP at Arrábida: Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

Glide across the gorgeous waters of Arrábida Natural Park on a stand-up paddleboard and take in breathtaking views of the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park. Enjoy calm waters, a vast sea coast, and pleasant weather, all of which make the ideal conditions for paddleboarding. Meet your guide at Creiro Beach, where your activity begins. After a quick safety briefing and instructions, get kitted out and take to the waters. Paddle along the sea and through the coves of Serra da Arrábida and the Marina Professor Luís Saldanha Reserve. Pass by deserted beaches and local vegetation before returning to the beach.

South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

3. South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

Learn how tiles became one of Portugal's icons and delve deep into their manufacturing. Drink the best regional wines and discover the process behind getting the grape to your glass. Get picked up by your local guide at your accommodation. Make your way south crossing the iconic Tejo River by Vasco da Gama Bridge, one of the longest in Europe. Continue to Palmela Castle, which has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Due to its privileged and strategic location, it’s one of Portugal’s oldest castles and home to stunning views for both Tejo & Sado River. Move onward to Arrábida Mountain, integrated into the protected Arrábida Natural Park. Marvel at its beauty. Hidden between the trees, turned towards the ocean, find yourself at the Arrábida Convent! Your next stop is the Tile Factory. Travel back in time at this one-of-a-kind handmade factory that still uses centuries-old techniques. Experience for yourself one of the oldest crafts in Portugal at this place. Next, an iconic winery with a unique art collection brings an enriching insight into the Portuguese wine industry. Explore the winery and taste one of the best wines in the country, during a full hour dedicated to you. Head to California Beach, a Portuguese fisherman village that keeps its traditions and costumes alive! Explore the beach and learn about its fun facts. Finally, discover Cristo Rei. This viewing platform inspired by the Brazilian Christ the Redeemer statue provides the best views of Lisbon city. After enjoying views of lush landscapes and crystal-clear sea, untouched nature with fresh air, to the best wine Portugal has to offer, it is time to head back over the 25 de Abril Bridge.

Sesimbra: Stand Up Paddle Board Bay Tour

4. 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: Kayak Tour to Secret Beaches and Caves

5. 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.

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What people are saying about California Beach

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Really lovely people, good instruction and an epic setting. Crystal clear water and for backdrop; a medieval castle on the mountain and a medieval fort. Oh…and palm trees. Loved it!

Had an excellent and informative trip with Daniel. Explored the coastline and some of the caves, with the opportunity to also go for a swim. A very good experience!

We really liked the experience! The walk very entertaining and with impressive views. We were lucky to see dolphins during the ride. Highly recommended!

The tour was great, Daniel is very knowledgeable and professional. We will come back for more

Very nice and accommodating staff, and the views were amazing!