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Things to do in Setúbal District, Portugal

Our most recommended things to do in Setúbal District, Portugal

Melides: Horse Riding on the Beach with Wine Tasting

1. Melides: Horse Riding on the Beach with Wine Tasting

Enjoy a horseback ride that will connect you with nature. Breathe in the fresh sea air under an immense sky. Explore the woods of Grândola near the coast and discover the local wildlife. Pass through dunes and pine forest of the protected area of Melides. Ride along a beach that stretches out for over 60 kilometers with the ocean at your side. After the beach, you will ride close to the Melides freshwater lagoon, where you will be able to spot a variety of bird species. If selected, at the end of your activity, enjoy a wine tasting session of three different types of wine produced in the region or a barbecue lunch. You can also opt to book a private instructor and enjoy a memorable day with a group of your friends or family.

From Lisbon: Paragliding Flight with Transfers

2. 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!

Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

3. Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

Depart from the Sesimbra Harbor and search for dolphins in their natural habitat with your marine biologist guide. See Bottlenose Dolphins as well as Short Beaked Common Dolphins in the clear blue waters of the park.  Learn about their food habits, group behaviors and family relations. Observe various forms of other wildlife, including birds, as well. At the end of the dolphin watching activity, take the opportunity to swim and sunbathe in one of the Portugal's most beautiful beaches, only accessible by sea. Also, visit some caves and rock formations along the coastline of the park.

Lisbon Private Setúbal Region Wine Tasting Tour

4. Lisbon Private Setúbal Region Wine Tasting Tour

On this full-day tour travel to Azeitão, an area that’s well known for its wines and cheeses. Visit some of the region's top wine cellars and taste fine wines. The first stop is at the renowned cellars of José Maria da Fonseca, where you’ll learn about the winery’s history and sample some of its wines. Next visit Quinta de Alcube, a wine cellar owned by a family for over a century. It is a traditional cellar that produces only 250,000 bottles a year. The wines are sold directly to customers, making it difficult to find them in shops. In your third and final experience, taste up to 3 more wines in a mid-sized winery, or even the “Mother House” of the wine region, where you can see what most of the 21 different wineries produce in the region. You will also sample some traditional locally-produced cheese, bread, and other goods. In addition to all the tastings, marvel at the views of the Arrábida Natural Park and its mountain range.

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 Lisbon: Comporta and Setúbal Trip with Horseback Riding

6. From Lisbon: Comporta and Setúbal Trip with Horseback Riding

Take a trip from Lisbon to Setúbal for a day of fun in the sun and the sea. Dive into the town's history and seafaring heritage on a walking tour. Take a ferry ride to the Troia Peninsula dotted with pine forested sand dunes. Then, in Comporta, mount your horse and gallop off to the beach. Explore Setúbal, the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry. Visit the bustling fish market of  Mercado do Livramento, the historic center, the Monastery of Jesus, and the São Filipe Fortress where you can soak in one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Next, head towards Comporta on a 25-minute ferry ride, admiring the beauty of the Troia's coast, one of the world’s longest uninterrupted stretches of sand, and keep your eye peeled for dolphins. Upon arrival in Comporta, a protected natural reserve suspended between sea and rice fields, get ready for horseback riding with instructions from your guide. Ride your horse across rice paddies, pine forests, and sand dunes until you reach the Atlantic coast. At the end of the tour, return to the center of Lisbon in a comfortable minibus. Before bidding farewell to your guide, get recommendations on things to do during the rest of your stay in 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.

Arrábida: Full-Day Hidden Paradise Tour

8. 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. 

Portuguese Wine History & Amazing Surroundings Tour

9. 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.

Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Beaches and Caves

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Setúbal District, Portugal

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Alexandre Souza is a fabulous guide. I highly recommend him to anyone. I will ask for him again. His English is excellent. We covered many subjects during our time together. We did a lot of laughing as he has a great sense of humor. He possesses a tremendous knowledge of history, not only of Portugal but Brazil, Africa and other places. He was so very helpful in Fátima. We walked all around the various Apparition sites. He spoke with locals who told us stories they heard from their grandparents about the Apparitions and the Miracle of the Sun. After Fátima, we took a trip to Sintra. Here, Alexandre Souza really shines. He knows Sintra like his own hand. He lives there. My time was short but in that time He made sure I saw a lot. He explained in detail what I was seeing and the historical importance and background of the palaces, Quintas and the tunnel system developed by the Moors for defensive purposes. When you come to Portugal, go to get your guide and ask for Alexandre Souza.

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

The tour was fantastic! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, the wineries were diverse and interesting and the wine and snacks made for a perfect day away from Lisbon.

Setubal was a surprisingly beautiful town and the horseback riding at Melides tops up this entire experience.

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