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Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

1. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

Tour the 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 and enjoy some snorkeling. 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.

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Lisbon: Kayaking and Snorkeling Adventure

2. 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.

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From Lisbon: Nature Park of Arrábida Kayak Tour

3. From Lisbon: Nature Park of Arrábida Kayak Tour

Leave the hectic pace of Lisbon city center behind and journey to one of the city's best kept secrets to kayak along the coast. Prepare your kayaks and other equipment on arrival and begin your journey to a wild and undiscovered beach. Reconnect with the natural world at the coastal Nature Park of Arrábida, situated between Sesimbra, Setúbal, Palmela and the sea.  Paddle or snorkel in the sea, or relax and enjoy a picnic on Praia dos Galapinhos, named the best beach in Europe in the 2017 European Best Destinations award. Get breathtaking views of the rugged cliffs and emerald-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Return to Lisbon, amazed that paradise was only 40 minutes away!   

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Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

4. 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.

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Lisbon: Arrábida Snorkeling Adventure

5. 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.

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Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

6. Berlengas The Atlantic Frontier: Day Tour from Lisbon

On this full-day excursion you'll start at the city of Peniche, a traditional fishing village, where you'll find a boat waiting to take your group to Berlenga Island. After arriving at the island, you’ll then board a smaller boat in order to see St. John the Baptist Fort. Built in the 17th century, the fort was an important part of the shore defence system. Hear stories about the brave soldiers who defended it during the attack by the Spanish fleet. Take a walk back to the port along the authorized paths of the nature reserve, admiring the amazing views in this UNESCO Biosphere Heritage Site. At the port, you’ll have some free time for lunch (not included), or for a quick swim or snorkeling (equipment provided) at the beach nearby. There is just 1 restaurant on the Island, but it is of good quality and fresh fish is always available. If you bring a snack with you on the trip, you’ll find the island’s only beach just steps away. Snorkeling here is a good option, as undersea life is abundant and the waters are calm. After lunch, you’ll have a chance to kayak around the island if you like. The island cliffs are full of caves, and you can kayak through them. For the less active, there’s the option of touring the caves in a small glass-bottom boat. Afterwards, you’ll head back the mainland for the return trip to Lisbon.

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Setúbal, Portugal: Catamaran Dolphin Watching Tour

7. Setúbal, Portugal: Catamaran Dolphin Watching Tour

Hop aboard for a 3-hour journey and spot dolphins in their natural habitat. Enjoy a welcome drink of moscatel de Setúbal, as start your tour and then journey out to see the dolphins. After spotting the dolphins, you will receive an explanation in Portuguese and English.  Then, make a short stop to swim or snorkel and hear some explanations about the main interest points. Passing by Arrábida Mountain will also offer completely different sights of the region. The catamarans have two underwater rooms that can be used to see the bottom of the sea or you may even see a dolphin from them.

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Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

8. Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

Take in a unique experience designed for those who want adventure and nature activities. The region of the Arrábida Natural Park and the Marine Park Luiz Saldanha offers the ideal conditions for Kayaking: good weather, clear and transparent waters, and a vast sea coast to explore.  Enjoy 2 hours of kayaking along the coast where you can admire one of the most scenic views of Portugal. Enjoy the quiet and narrow beaches between rocks and secret caves along the Serra da Arrábida.  Stop at Pedra da Anicha, a small island of clear and transparent waters. Take your time to snorkel and explore the great biological diversity, cracks, and underwater cavities that provide an excellent diving experience.

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Sesimbra: Sesimbra and Espichel Grotto Tour

9. Sesimbra: Sesimbra and Espichel Grotto Tour

Espichel Cape is famous for its geological wealth and country’s unique limestone formations. To begin your boat tour, you'll depart from Sesimbra to Espichel Cape. Throughout the experience you'll visit the caves and geological formations that cover this coastal region. You'll begin with a visit to the Tamboril Grotto, with its zenithal lighting and crystal clear waters. From there, you'll proceed to the entrance of the Frade Grotto, which is one of the biggest cave formations in the area. You'll also encounter “Mesas”, which are geological formations made by marine erosion. Your tour will eventually wind down with a visit to Sesimbra's Caves, where you'll encounter the monumental Arco da Pombeira Grotto. You will also discover here “Bifa”, a singular geological formation at the cape’s feet where you can see the sea being expelled as if it was a geyser. Upon return, you'll have the option to stop for some diving in Baleeira Bay's crystal clear waters.

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Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

10. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

Set sail 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 sailing westwards, where you will visit the beautiful beaches of Mijona and Inferno. Sail along the shores of the Arrábida Natural Park and visit "Whale Bay" and learn about the history of whale hunting in the region.  Then, sail towards Cabo Espichel and explore the caves and incredible rock formations dotted along the coast. Finally, enjoy a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine on the boat, before returning to Sesimbra.

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What people are saying about Lisbon Metropolitan Area

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 94 reviews

Our two kids enjoyed the amazing experiences of Stand Up Paddle and Snorkling in the fascinating Arrábida. We got contacted confirming exact meeting point and time right after the purchasing online which gave us confidence for the activity. And we even received wonderful photos for free taken by the instructor during the activity. What a surprising souvenir! Thanks!

Very complete and interesting tour. Our guide (André) very attentive and open to suggestions to customize the tour. Very good experience

Despite the little sun, spectacular encounter with dolphins and surprising discovery of cliffs and caves from the sea

And amazing adventure- the guides worked extremely hard to create a great experience, 5 stars!

It was a very nice trip and the guide was very friendly! I definitely recommend it!