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  • Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

    1. Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

    Depart from Setubal or Tróia onboard a 22-meter long catamaran and go in search of the community of dolphins that inhabit the Sado estuary. Be accompanied by a knowledgeable crew who will use their expertise to locate these playful dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn more about this unique dolphin community, the only one of its kind in Portugal, with your expert guides. Sail through the estuary and admire the beautiful landscapes of the coastline of the Arrábida Natural Park. Keep an eye out for the playful dolphins which have inhabited this part of the coast for generations. Watch the dolphins frolic and play as they swim through the calm waters. Hear more about their feeding habits, breeding and their relationship to humans on an informative and relaxing boat trip.

    Very nice boat trip! The catamaran was very big so there was plenty of space for everyone. The tour operators were very kind and the dolphines came very close to the boat! They even swam underneath it!

  • Arrábida and Sesimbra Day Tour & Wine Tasting

    2. Arrábida and Sesimbra Day Tour & Wine Tasting

    Experience the flavors and natural beauty of Portugal on this lovely full-day tour. Heading towards Portugal's Extremadura region, you will travel out of Lisbon over the longest bridge in Europe, the Vasco da Gama Bridge. In Palmela, you will find a Moorish castle offering fantastic photo opportunities. Visit a family estate where you can try homemade wine. Then continue through the mountains of the Arrábida National Park - up to 500 meters or 1,640 feet above sea level- and marvel at the spectacular views of one of Portugal's most beautiful landscapes. The park is also home to many plant and animal species found exclusively in this region. Much of the park is subject to strong protective measures and certain locations can only be accessed with special permission. Time for a short break. Take a relaxed stroll on the beach of Portinho Arrábida and enjoy the cool sea breeze and crisp air...

    Nuno was our guide! Excellent...! Our guide was excellent, personable, always remembered every question. He set up such a wonderful day, all we had to do was show up! As people who typically plan our own tours, it was so carefree to have someone organize such specific things and knew the area intimately.

  • Setubal: 3.5-Hour Sado Sailing Cruise with Dolphin Watching

    3. Setubal: 3.5-Hour Sado Sailing Cruise with Dolphin Watching

    Enjoy a journey on a sailboat in the River Sado and take in stunning views of the beauty of the river and mountains. Listen to the sound of wind and waves while cruising along the beautiful south coast of Troia and Arrabida. Depart from the dock at the meeting point location and watch the captain hoist the sails. Get the chance to feel like a sailor by steering the boat yourself. Enjoy complimentary coffee, local wine, a cup of muscatel de Setúbal, and snacks onboard. There is also a high possibility of spotting Sado dolphins swim and play. Let your guide assist you in taking photos of your wonderful sailing trip.

  • Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

    4. Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

    This full-day tour begins as you head south from Lisbon to Setúbal, a picturesque region best known for its fishing port. In Setúbal, board a fully restored salt galleon, or a modern catamaran (depending on weather and sea conditions), for a relaxing and enjoyable cruise in the Sado Estuary, where you’ll learn about the resident bottlenose dolphins and hopefully be able to observe wild dolphins in their natural environment. The duration of the cruise takes about 2 to 3 hours. See the natural reserve of Arrábida, take in the stunning views, and learn about the area’s history and gastronomy. See the Arrábida Convent and discover some important historical sites before returning to the old city center of Setúbal. Before returning to Lisbon, stop at a few sights in the Arrabida Mountain range, from where you can marvel at the natural reserve and get a land view of all the region.

    Rod our very appreciated tour guide did an excellent job leading us throughout the day. He was very very knowlegeable about history, plants, animals, politics, everything :-)…he adapted schedule to best serve us, shown us trom the fortaleza of sao filipe where the dolphins could be, and finally on the boat we ve spotted many of them quite clise..great day great tour

  • 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 pre...

    Our guide Tanya was helpful and personable, making this an enjoyable day. The minivan was clean, modern and in good condition. The locations were photogenic, and, with Tanya's input, interesting. We departed the schedule by having a longer lunch in Sesimbra than expected, but this was no problem. The wine tasting was enjoyable, and the wines reasonably priced to buy. A good day, recommended. All reasonable covid precautions were taken.

  • Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

    6. 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.

    Very peaceful morning kayaking close to the shore and snorkelling. We saw sea urchin, fish and sea cucumber. Our guides Filipa and Andrea were lovely.

  • Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

    7. Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

    Discover the stunning beauty of the Arrábida Natural Park on the Sado River estuary on a full-day sightseeing tour from Lisbon. Following a pick-up from your hotel or apartment, transfer by air-conditioned minivan across the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril), which spans the Tagus River and sets you on course for the coastal town of Cascais. Relax on the 30-minute journey to Arrábida Natural Park, and then marvel at the abundance of trees and beautiful flora. The 108-acre park is one of 30 nationally protected regions and is home to the famous Convento de Nossa Senhora da Arrábida, a former monastery built in the 16th century. Continue through the park, catching glimpses of the golden sand beaches surrounding the Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira). Go to Cabo Espichel and hop out to explore the Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a pilgrim site since the early 18th c...

    Our guide, Nuno, was exceptional. He knew exactly where to take us ...and the scenery, sites, towns were breathtaking. I highly recommend this tour, and make sure to eat at Restinguinha in Setubal.

  • Portinho da Arrábida: Coasteering Trip

    8. 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.

    Fantastic ! David & Anibal are very attentive. The experience is complete and adapted to each level : jump, climb, swim, potholing.. We had a great experience

  • Arrábida: Full-Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting

    9. Arrábida: Full-Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting

    Your private full-day Arrábida tour begins with a drive over Lisbon’s 25 de Abril bridge en route to the Arrábida ridge. Stop to visit the Albufeira lagoon, a popular spot for kayaking, kite surfing, and windsurfing. You’ll also visit the largely unexplored beach at Praia das Bicas, and take in the views of the ocean from the cliffs above, with the Sintra ridge in the background. At Cabo Espichel you’ll visit the sanctuary and church of Nossa Senhora do Cabo and the aqueduct, and then make a brief stop to see the dinosaur footprints. Head up to the Sesimbra Castle and take in the views of the fishing village below. Your driver will then take you into Sesimbra, a fishing village located on a calm bay, where you can enjoy fish and seafood of exceptional quality and take a walk along the breakwater near the beach. You’ll make your way down through Portinho da Arrábida to an idyllic whit...

    The tour was perfectly organized. The guides were very professional. The selection of wine cellars was perfect. The choice of smaller cellars was very good. This is really what is making the difference. This was really a very enyoing day.

  • Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

    10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Setubal

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Planning Your Visit

  • Many people just head to the Algarve. Is it really worth a visit?

    Definitely, especially if you enjoy a more laid back and slower pace of life, away from too many tourists. Having so much history, nature, and hills in such close proximity provides so much to see and do.  It boasts a wonderful sense of tranquility and marvelous seafood restaurants.

  • I like clubbing and going out at night. Is Setubal good for this?

    There's a few clubs, which are mainly commercial dance oriented, so it's perfect if that's your groove. If you're looking for something more eclectic, this isn't really the place for that. O Lado Negro Bar plays more alternative, goth, and metal music. Bar Incognito plays indie/alternative music.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    This area is truly a year-round destination, with mild and short winters and sun-filled summers with plenty of shade to escape the heat.

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What people are saying about Setubal

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 434 reviews

Nuno was our guide! Excellent...! Our guide was excellent, personable, always remembered every question. He set up such a wonderful day, all we had to do was show up! As people who typically plan our own tours, it was so carefree to have someone organize such specific things and knew the area intimately.

A wonderful tour, very competent guide, everything was understood very nice, very nice and we were on the road almost an hour longer than planned, nothing to complain about. The wine was great

Very nice and professional people, amazing dedication to the client and a very relaxed environment are the main things that come to mind, my next course will be with them

Everything went well! From booking to monitoring on the boat and enough time with the dolphins

I really enjoyed the tour, and I've already recommended it to my friends.