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Sesimbra and Arrábida National Park Tour with Wine Tasting

1. 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.

Arrábida: Full-Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting

2. 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 white sand beach at the mouth of the Sado RIver. Enjoy a climb up to the top of the ridge to marvel at the incredible views! To the north you’ll be able to see the entire city of Lisbon and the surrounding mountains, and to the south, you’ll have views of the crystal-clear blue sea, islets, the Tróia peninsula, and the city of Setúbal. Afterwards, you’ll stop in Azeitão at the cellars of José Maria da Fonseca to taste 6 of the finest regional wines.

Palmela and Arrabida 4x4

3. Palmela and Arrabida 4x4

Lagoa de Albufeira - A beautiful and well preserved beach just 20 km south of Lisbon. The natural lagoon is ideal for windsurfing, canoeing or just walking around. A parasol and sunglasses are recommended, especially for children. Espichel Cape - The Cape Espichel is a predominantly located west of Sesimbra village. The location is famous for its sanctuary complex, built extremely close to the edge of the tall cliffs, including a church still in use today. The architectonic set called the "Shrine of Our Lady of Mua Stone", is undoubtedly the most important and characteristic in the area. The cult of Our Lady of the Cape is lost in the mists of time, and its credible that prior to their worship - from the XV century -. Cape Espichel was already an important center of pilgrimage. From 1715, the large influx of pilgrims to Cabo forced the construction of hostels, houses and shops. Here, there are four major sights; the lighthouse, the Santuário de Nossa Senhora, the small Chapel of Ermida da Memória and the dinosaur footprints dated from the Jurassic Era. The church was constructed by King Dom.Pedro II in 1701. The interior follows the simplistic baroque designs and most of the marble was mined from Arrábida.  Overlooking the cliffs on the edge of Cape Espichel is the Chapel of Remembrance, a small temple implanted precisely at the spot where tradition says that the Virgin appeared. Cabo Espichel is ideal for tourists who enjoy raw stunning scenery and uninhabited landscape with stunning views and rugged coastal walks overlooking the Atlantic. Arrabida Natural Park - A road trip through the starkly beautiful Serra da Arrábida is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a day out of Lisbon. The wild, craggy mountain range rises 500 meters over the bay of Setúbal, and encompasses the protected Parque Natural da Arrábida. Blanketed with verdant woodland and scrub, this stunning landscape is home to a fascinating variety of flora and fauna, and it's possible to park the car and follow a number of signed nature trails. For the most dramatic views, follow the Estrada de Escarpa (N379-1), a narrow winding coastal road that snakes past Sesimbra all the way to Cabo Espichel, a precipitous headland topped by a lighthouse. Bacalhoa museum and winery - Take part in an unforgettable visit of Quinta da Bacalhoa, and discover its history which brings together wine, nature and art.  During the tour, take the opportunity to taste the wines and fully appreciate the pleasure which can be found in the degustation of wines. From the tasting room, admire the tranquil scene of the Japanese garden, in which some of the works of the sculptor Niizuma are exhibited, along with a Kaki tree, the 'great-granddaughter' of the only tree to survive the Nagasaki bomb.  Azeitão - Beyond the excellent wines, Palmela region has a unique cheese (Azeitão's cheese), considered by some specialists the best cheese in the world. For those who appreciate pastry the Tortas de Azeitão are irresistible temptations. Palmela village - The town's name comes from its Roman founder, Cornelius (Palmella). Palmela, once a fortress, was conquered by the Portuguese in the 12th century. The town is located up a hill in the Arrábida mountains. The castle offers a wonderful view over the whole region, including Lisbon, and the Atlantic Coast. It was a strategic place in past centuries, and today it's still a main place to visit. Palmela is an important Portuguese wine region. The principal grapes of the region include Alfrocheiro, Arinto, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Fernão Pires, Muscat of Alexandria, Periquita, Rabo de Ovelha, Roupeiro, Tamarez and Tinta Amarela. The soil of the area is predominately limestone with good drainage potential for the cultivation of red wine varieties. Palmela first gained attention for its off dry white wines made from Muscat grapes harvested early, but has recently turned its attention to producing dry red and white table wines. Quinta da Bacalhoa, JP, Ermelinda de Freitas, Periquita are examples of well -known Palmela brands. Cristo Rei - On May 17, 1959, the Shrine of Christ-King is inaugurated. On that day, 300.000 people wanted to be present to celebrate Christ, King and Redeemer, and the statue was then built.

Lisbon: Surf or Bodyboard and Wine Tasting

4. Lisbon: Surf or Bodyboard and Wine Tasting

Travel from the Lisbon Zoo, taking in views of the rich coastline and its varied elements along the way to the Costa da Caparica, where the Tejo River (River Tagus) flows into the ocean. You will be provided with surf equipment and meet your instructor before beginning your surf experience.  After surfing take a break and visit a sunny fisherman village. Here, you will be given the opportunity to taste the fresh flavors of the Portuguese fish-based gastronomy. Marvel at the views of the spectacular protected landscapes and historical monuments in Arrábida Natural Park. After, enjoy a wine tasting in a historic cellar in one of the richest wine regions in Portugal, Setúbal.

From Lisbon: Cristo Rei, Arrabida and Setubal Day Trip

5. From Lisbon: Cristo Rei, Arrabida and Setubal Day Trip

This is a tour of the five senses: see magnificent landscapes, feel the breeze and fall in love with the blue sea. Taste the amazing treats of a region that stands for excellence in the production of wine, cheese and regional sweets. The vibrant yellow, the color of the appetite and the warming sun, is predominant in this tour. On this customizable full-day tour, cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to its south bank over the 25 Abril bridge, the 27th largest suspension bridge in the world. See Cristo Rei, a giant statue that was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It was inaugurated on 1959 to express gratitude because the Portuguese were spared the effects of World War II. Its location boasts a fabulous view of Lisbon. Explore Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, a typical villa known for its wine and cheese production as well as regional sweets. Visit a wine cellar with an optional tasting and head to a handmade tile factory for a guided tour and get the opportunity to make your own tile. After this, it's time to explore Arrabida National Park. Driving in the highest mountain road in the park, there will be several stops at the most interesting viewpoints. Break for lunch in Setubal, the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry. Have a lunch of delicious seafood or grilled fish and take a tour through the town. Visit Palmela Castle with its views over the peninsula and Atlantic. Return to Lisbon by the Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest in Europe with a total length of 12.3 km.

Meet the Real Portugal: Day Tour from Lisbon

6. Meet the Real Portugal: Day Tour from Lisbon

Stop at Setúbal's picturesque market before continuing the drive to Serra da Arrábida on this 8-hour tour. Climb to the top of the ridge, and take in views of the city of Lisbon and mountains to the north, and the sea and the Tróia peninsula to the south. Walk down to Portinho da Arrábida, a white sand beach in the mouth of the Sado RIver. In the fishing village of Sesimbra, a boat will be waiting to take you to a beach that’s accessible only by water. Enjoy a swim in the clear, sparkling waters. Visit one of Palmela oldest wineries. The family-owned winery produces a range from table wines to demarcated wines. Enjoy a traditional wine tasting along with some typical regional products.

Lisbon: Cultural Region of Three Castles Tour

7. Lisbon: Cultural Region of Three Castles Tour

After being picked up from your hotel or accommodation, your walking tour will begin. You will start with a tour of Sesimbra Castle, which was the last of the irregular-shaped hill forts constructed by the Moors prior to the invasion by the Christians in the 12th century. You will then head to Espichel Cape, located to the west of Sesimbra, Portugal. Travelers are drawn there due to impressive views of its cliffs facing the Atlantic Ocean, and you will be able to take spectacular photos from Arrábida's Natural Park over the Atlantic Ocean. You will then have time to visit the “Livramento” Market in Setúbal, which was considered one of the best in the world. Here you will discover a huge variety of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, bread, cheeses, and regional pastries. Following these markets, you will be granted some free time for lunch in the fishing town of Setubal, where you can choose to taste the famous cuttle fish and the delicious red mullet fish. After your break, you will visit the village of Azeitão, where the famous Quinta da bacalhoa wine company is located. Here you will enjoy a wine tasting of 3 renowned wines, and visit 3 different art galleries. Following this, you will visit a tile factory, where you can watch the traditional European methods of tile making. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be dropped off back to your accommodation.

Lisbon: Day Tour of Azeitão, Arrábida, Setúbal, Palmela

8. Lisbon: Day Tour of Azeitão, Arrábida, Setúbal, Palmela

Cross the largest suspension bridge in Europe, the 25th of April bridge towards Azeitao. Journey through the stunning Serra da Arrabida mountain range. Stop for lunch and see Fort Sao Filipe in Setubal. Take in the prowess of the Castle of Palmela, and finish the day over the Tagus River. Explore the village of Azeitao, known for its delicious cheeses, right in the center of Arrabida National Park. Admire the region's olive tree's, vinyards, and cork oaks. Partake in a wine tasting at the José Maria da Fonseca. Make your way through the beautiful landscapes of Serra da Arrabida and arrive in Setubal. Enjoy lunch in this thriving and historic town and explore the formidable Fort Sao Filipe, built in 1582. Find yourself in Palmela, and witness the castle of the same name. Pass over the Vasco da Gama Bridge, and finish the tour taking in views of the Tagus River.

Azeitão: Private Full-Day Wine Experience from Lisbon

9. Azeitão: Private Full-Day Wine Experience from Lisbon

Get a true taste of Portugal and explore some of the country's best wineries. On this tour from Lisbon, visit four wineries among the best in this important wine region.  After being picked up from Lisbon, you will be transported via air-conditioned minivan as you set off to explore the cellars of four of the region's wine producers. Visit four from the following wineries: José Maria da Fonseca, Quinta da Bacalhoa, Venâncio Costa Lima, Quinta do Piloto, Casa Mãe, Malo Tojo, Horácio Simões and Xavier Santana. If you have any specific requests, don't hesitate to tell your guide, who will do their best to provide you with the perfect tour! Due to availability, your guide cannot guarantee any specific wineries, though you will always visit four of the above. 

Lisbon: Guided Setúbal History and Fish Market Tour

10. Lisbon: Guided Setúbal History and Fish Market Tour

Leave Lisbon and experience something different in regional Portugal. To become better acquainted with an exuberant variety of fish caught in the Atlantic, as well as cheese and wine from the Alentejo region, a visit to Setúbal is essential. The city is located at the edge of the ocean, and is also surrounded by a beautiful bay where a colony of dolphins lives. You will also discover the estuary of the Sado River, which is a refuge of a rich variety of birds. During your visit to the market, you will become familiar with this beautiful region and can also enjoy a lunch of grilled fish in a local restaurant. Later on, and in a beautiful belvedere overlooking the ocean with breathtaking views, your host will invite you to have a coffee and visit an old military fort of the 17th century to learn of its history. You will see the fishing port as well as the bay whilst learning about the Sado dolphins in a very unique location. Throughout your experience you will also visit the estuary, an old tide mill, and a bird-watching site.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 76 reviews

Our guide Tania was so amazing. Not only was she so knowledgeable but she was very sincere and understanding. I absolutely recommend this tour as it helped me see the best part of Lisbon so thanks Tania! You made my day!

What a lovely experience. We loved our guide, Tania. She was so knowledgeable and fun. We had an excellent lunch at the “Old Man and the Sea” restaurant in Sesembra. What a memorable day!!

Nuno was a fabulous tour guide. He was super knowledgeable and hospitable. We got to see two very different winery experiences and some incredible views along the way.

Our guide Tania had enormous amount of interesting stories around the area. Good and calm driver (even for our finnish standards) and really enjoyable company.

The experience was quite good driving over the two main bridges in Lisbon and visiting two vineries, Palmela Castle