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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.

Private Van Tour Arrabida and Wine Tasting

2. Private Van Tour Arrabida and Wine Tasting

Start the tour admiring the beautiful Tagus River Bay. At Palmela, climb to the medieval castle to enjoy the breathtaking view and then, down to the village historic centre, taste the Setúbal Moscatel, which is the emblematic wine of the Setúbal Peninsula Wine Region and one of the Portuguese wine treasures. Relax for lunch in the fishing town of Setúbal or at Sesimbra beach, where the local gastronomy, especially the fresh fish, is superb. After lunch, go to the highest point of the Arrábida Natural Park to enjoy the magnificent scenery and paradisiac views over the green mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Then go to Azeitão where you will visit one of the oldest wineries in the region (Casa Museu José Maria da Fonseca) and enjoy another wine tasting. In this noble village, the local sweets and cheese are also a must. Finally, stop at the Cristo Rei (inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s Christo Redentor) to enjoy the view over the city of Lisbon, before returning to Lisbon, crossing the 25 de Abril suspension bridge.

Arrábida: Full-Day Private Tour with Wine Tasting

3. 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.

From Lisbon: Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida

4. 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.

From Lisbon: Azeitão Wine Cellar and Food-Tasting Tour

5. From Lisbon: Azeitão Wine Cellar and Food-Tasting Tour

Head from Lisbon to one of the most important wineries in the region for a wine tasting experience and vineyard tour. Try the famous moscatel do Setúbal, a full, sweet muscat wine characteristic of the region. Explore the vineyards and see the different types of grapes that thrive in the area. Feel like an expert sommelier for the day. Before leaving, taste tortas de azeitão, a famous local pastry. Get back on the road and make your way along the scenic route running through the Arrábida Natural Park. Take in lovely views of the coastline and steep limestone cliffs as well as the Sado River.  Stop in the coastal city of Setúbal and learn about the history of the city dating back to the Roman times. Try one of the finest Portuguese delicacies: choco frito (fried cuttlefish). Head back to Lisbon with your palate fully satisfied.

Arrábida and Setúbal: Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

6. Arrábida and Setúbal: Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

Depart Lisbon at 09:00 on a unique and unforgettable day touring some of the loveliest countryside in Portugal. Visit Bacalhôa Palace, with its collection of Portuguese tiles from the 15th and 16th centuries, and the Bacalhôa wine cellar in Azeitão. During the afternoon, you can also enjoy an optional visit to Palmela Castle. On this 8-hour private tour from Lisbon, you’ll travel to Arrábida, a mountain chain between Sesimbra and Setúbal that offers stunning views of the Tróia Peninsula and the Atlantic Ocean. The region is also known for its fine white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, tasty fresh fish and Moscatel wines. Setúbal is a region that’s home to more than 250 wine producers, and most of them offer wine tasting! The tour ends back at your Lisbon hotel at around 18:30.

Lisbon: Surf or Bodyboard and Wine Tasting

7. 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: Palmela Wine Tasting Tour with Snacks

8. From Lisbon: Palmela Wine Tasting Tour with Snacks

Take at trip 40-kilometers south of Lisbon to wine country. Enjoy wi-fi in the vehicle, then take part in a tasting of several wines and a liqeur in the scenic landscape that surrounds Arrábida Mountain. Nibble on snacks, and take a visit to the store to complete your experience. About 40kms south of Lisbon in Palmela, it rises a great opportunity to taste the excellent wines of the Setúbal region, as well as enjoy the beautiful green landscape of Arrábida Mountain. Its excellent wines are produced on soils close to the Atlantic Ocean belonging to the huge massif of Arrábida Mountain. A professional in wines will conduct the wine tasting in a totally relaxed and passionate environment explaining since the harvest species up to the wine production processing that is, the grape treatment related to the amount of sugar, acidity and the fermentation process. You will be tasting several varieties such as the Setúbal muscatel a sweet and fresh wine, the liqueur Bastardo as well as the rare boal grape variety called White Tradition. Also noteworthy are the White Reserve and the Red Reserve wines, the latter being produced in a tank using the technique of foot trodden. The wine tasting is served along with local bread, olives, cheeses, and a variety of Portuguese chorizo. The visit ends at the local store, thus providing the wines tasted and also with some unique products such as regional sweets.

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 4 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. 

From Sesimbra: Cultural Region of Three Castles Tour

10. From Sesimbra: 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 2 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.

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What people are saying about Setubal

What a great tour. Even though the weather was grey we still managed to have a great day of wine tasting and touring the Setubel region. Our tour guide was amazing and full of stories of Portugal’s tumultuous history. It was great to have a small group of 6 people which meant we could take our time at the wine tastings and ask lots of questions. I would recommend this tour to everyone. Thank you.

There were only two couples, so we basically had a private trip! It was a bit rainy, but our guide, Joao, kept us entertained with historical information and stories along the way. He found sites to view the area, even though it was foggy and and answered all of our questions! He really made the trip special, and I would highly recommend any trip if Joao is your guide!

I had a fantastic day with our guide Tanja. She is knowledgeable, intelligent and made our trip one of the best experience in Lisbon. This particular excursion has everything you will enjoy in one day: history, nature and Vine.

It was a great day, we visit Palmela Castle, Arrabida and Sesimbra have amazing views, very good food in Fort Sesimbra, and the winery Jose Maria da Fonseca and Quinta de Alcube, good wine. GREAT GIDE!

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