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Arrábida: Kayaking and Snorkeling Experience

1. 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.

Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

2. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

Enjoy a boat tour in 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. 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.

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 the option with pickup from Lisbon or the option of 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. In both options, you'll have all the necessary equipment for kayaking, including mandatory life vests. 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 of the kayaking tour includes 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 for about an hour. Get comfortable on a provided beach blanket. Enjoy a homemade, fresh picnic of a salad, fresh fruit, Farinha Torrada (a typical sweet from Sesimbra), and water. 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) but by default, a chicken salad will be served. 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 so it should take about an hour. If you chose pickup from Lisbon you will have time to change into a dry set of clothes before going back to Lisbon for drop-off.

Sesimbra: Arrabida Natural Park & Caves Guided Kayaking Tour

4. Sesimbra: Arrabida Natural Park & Caves Guided Kayaking Tour

Venture along the caves and coves of Arrabida Natural Park on this kayaking tour from Sesimbra. Stop for beak and enjoy a snack of traditional sweets and some refreshing water. Plunge into the water at Ribeiro do Cavalo beach.  Meet your guide and get set up with high-quality kayaking gear. Stay safe and comfortable with the included backrest and life jacket. Keep your things dry with the use of a dry bag. Set off along the coast and keep an eye out for local wildlife along the way. Visit spaces that are only accessible by boat. Soak up the tranquility of the sea without the noise from a motor.  Go for a swim in the turquoise waters of the beach of Ribeiro do Cavalo. Take a walk on the beach and put your toes in the sand. Replenish with a delicious snack and some water before returning to Sesimbra.

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 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.

From Sesimbra: Ribeira do Cavalo Beach and Caves Boat Tour

6. 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.

Espichel Cape and Hell Beach 4x4 Jeep Tour

7. Espichel Cape and Hell Beach 4x4 Jeep Tour

After being picked up from your hotel, climb aboard a classic Jeep Cabrio 4x4 vehicle and begin your tour of the remote corners of the Espichel Cape. Visit a rare example of a monumental sanctuary for pilgrims in a unique religious architectural complex. See dinosaur footprints located on the north escarpment of the cape. The footprints are fossilized tracks left by sauropods and theropods about 150 million years ago. Get back in the Jeep and drive to the southern area of the cape to discover and explore wild and magnificent beaches. Take a short hike to the Hell beach, a sandy beach located in front of an imposing vertical rock that protrudes from the cliff. Enjoy the fantastic views from the top. Enjoy a delicious snack prepared by the team. In summer, swim in the calm blue waters. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel.

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

8. 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.

From Lisbon or Sesimbra: 4x4 Tour to Cape Espichel

9. From Lisbon or Sesimbra: 4x4 Tour to Cape Espichel

Travel through the Arrábida region with a local guide on a 4x4 vehicle. Select pickup from a meeting point in Lisbon or Sesimbra. Have the the chance to go off-road on your way to Cape Espichel. Hop aboard a 4x4. Admire Sesimbra Castle which is perched on a green hill. Stare into the past as you see dinosaur footprints at Cabo Espichel. Pass by the charming village of Meco. Try to spot wildlife in Arrábida National Park. Hear about legends that gave rise to traditions. Listen to your guide tell you stories that turned into culture.

From Lisbon: Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida

10. From Lisbon: Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida

Discover the Peninsula of Setubal and admire the impressive mountain ranges and beaches. Ride over the 25th of April Bridge and see the other side of the river at Tejo. Enjoy the view of the beautiful coast and the Arrábida mountains, then ride past the wine producers in Palmela, Setúbal and Montijo, where the finest wines are made. Visit Cabo Espichel and its breathtaking landscape. Visit Sesimbra, with its beautiful bay and one of the main fishing ports in Portugal. Continue along the summits of Arrabida Mountain, which gives the name to the Arrabida Nature Park, and on your arrival in Setubal visit the Livramento Market where fresh products from the sea and land are sold from Tuesday to Sunday. A Wine and Cheese tasting will be waiting for you in a quiet environment at the Mourisca Tide Mill in the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve. On your return to Lisbon cross the Vasco da Gama Bridge, one of the longest bridges in the world.

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4.7 / 5

based on 540 reviews

It was a very memorable and beautiful experience! Definitely recommend! João was a great guide and explained everything. He knew the area very well. The trip was planned and executed very well. From the pick-up in Lisbon to the Kayaking, the stop at the wonderful beach with a delicious salad, fruits and a delicious cake! We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful trip!

Très belle expérience, paysages magnifiques, température idéale, un guide (Afonso) des plus professionnels et passionnés! Honnêtement, cette activité est un must au Portugal.

Highlight was definitely our guide. I would have liked a bit more kayaking but everything was beautiful and they did a good job tailoring to a group of very diverse skills.

Very nice tour, lovely views. The tour guide was very professional and kind. Highly recommended.

Chouette expérience, guides très sympathiques, bonnes explications