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From Lisbon: Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida

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

Discover the peninsula of Setúbal and admire the impressive mountain ranges and beaches. Ride over the Vasco de Gama 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. Sample the famous local cake in Azeitão, then ride again over the Arrábida mountains, which take their name from the Arrábida Natural Park, to Setúbal. Visit the Livramento Market and sample regional wine and cheese at the Mourisca tidal mill.

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.

Full-Day Electric Bike Tour: Arrábida Nature Park

4. Full-Day Electric Bike Tour: Arrábida Nature Park

Once at the meeting point, your guide will briefly introduce the itinerary and the group. Electric bikes will be explained and tested too. Then, from the naval station close to the Commerce Square, board one of the traditional ferries from Lisbon to Cacilheiro and cross the Tagus River to Barreiro. In Barreiro, a train will take you and your bicycle comfortably to Palmela in approximately 40 minutes. In Palmela, the first trip is to cycle to the Castle. The Castle of Palmela is rich in history. In this zone, archaeological findings confirm human occupation from the neolithic period as early as 310 A.C. The earliest fortifications were built by the Muslims around the 9th century. From the hill, you can see the Rivers Sado and Tagus. If the day is clear, Lisbon and the Mountain range of Sintra are visible as well. In Palmela, visit archeological sites and have a coffee break. When leaving the Castle of Palmela, contemplate the beautiful Valley of the Barris, flanked by the mountainous forests of São Luís, Laurel and Arrábida.  Carry on along the less-frequented road of the Barris Valley, first on asphalt, then off-the-beaten-path between vineyards and sheep pastures. Arriving in the town of Nogueira de Azeitão, rest and  taste the region's famous Muscatel wine, tarts and buttery cheese. Burn some calories by cycling up the Arrábida Nature Park. As you go up, sights over the blue sea are of an indescribable beauty. Have a glimpse of the Arrábida Convent built in the 16th century. Finally, in the town of Setubal, take a well-deserved break and share your impressions around a table while savoring some fresh fish. Return to Lisbon by train.

Private Van Tour Arrabida and Wine Tasting

5. Private Van Tour Arrabida and Wine Tasting

Start the tour admiring the Tagus River Bay while crossing the Vasco da Gama bridge, one of the longest in Europe (117.185 meters long). 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.

Private Arrábida Wine Tour

6. Private Arrábida Wine Tour

Cross the Vasco da Gama bridge, the longest in Europe, to reach Setubal. Here you will start your tour by visiting the Livramento Market, which was once considered one of the best markets in the world. Here, you will find a huge variety of fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, bread and regional pastries on offer.  For the next stop of your tour, head to a family-owned winery in the gorgeous valley of the Arrábida Natural Park. The wine produced here has won several awards at the Brussels International Wine Competition. Here you will have the chance to taste 5 different wines. Afterwards, you can take some amazing pictures of the view over the Atlantic Ocean and stop for a visit at Sesimbra castle. Then enjoy lunch in one of the most iconic and picturesque fishing villages of Portugal. Then head to the second winery, José Maria de Fonseca, where you will enjoy another wine tasting. Also, visit a tile factory and learn about the European traditional methods of making them. Finally head to Cristo Rei, the best spot to enjoy a beautiful view over Lisbon. Then return back to the city.

Lisbon: Setubal Peninsula Private Full-Day Tour in Tesla

7. Lisbon: Setubal Peninsula Private Full-Day Tour in Tesla

Take a private 8-hour tour of enchanting fishing villages and beautiful Portuguese coastline with this Tesla tour of Setúbal from Lisbon. Experience the jagged hillside cliffs and charming seaside village atmosphere of Sesimbra. See some of Portugal's most stunning landscape at the Serra da Arrábida. Explore the bustling port city of Setúbal on the Blue Coast. Enjoy a fully customizable experience and go at your own pace. Let your driver know if you want to switch up your itinerary, take an alternate route, or see something specific.

Arrábida/Blue Coast: Private Tour from Setúbal/Palmela

8. Arrábida/Blue Coast: Private Tour from Setúbal/Palmela

See the hidden gems near Setúbal and Palmela on this minivan tour through the South of Portugal. Follow the cork oaks and pine trees to the Nature Park at the Sado River, and admire a tidal mill, powered by the ebbs and flows of the river. See storks, flamingos, and wild ducks, then enjoy a lunch in one of the countless restaurants in Setúbal or Sesimbra. Sample delicious fish dishes, freshly caught from the waters of Setúbal and don't miss the Livramento market, which enchants with its fishing-themed mosaics and an incredible selection of produce and fish. Explore the Arrábida National Park and see mountains over 500 meters high. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and the beautiful stillness. Then visit Sesimbra, a fishing town on the Atlantic. Walk along the promenade, then continue to Cabo Espichel, a cape on the Portuguese Atlantic Coast and the southernmost point of Tejo estuary. Near Azeitão, try traditional delicacies like wine, liqueur, cheese and chouriço.

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 27 reviews

The wine tasting was delightful. The first vineyard was set in some very picturesque countryside and maybe the more important element was that the wine was delicious. My partner and I bought some to take home to remember the trip. The reds we tried may have converted my partner to red wine. The whites were excellent and all of the wines were very reasonably priced. The stop off for lunch was in a postcard beachside town and the views going over the mountains were frankly amazing. Snapping a few pictures of my phone didn’t really do them justice. Whilst the wine at the second location wasn’t to our taste that’s not to say it was bad wine. The tour was really interesting and the gardens of the house a delight to walk through. Our tour guide was a lovely man, chatty, informative and really made the day more special. Would recommend this tour to all who say they’re going to Lisbon.

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.

Our guide, Joao, was great. Very knowledgeable about the history of the area we were in and knew where to stop for the best photo ops. The two wine tasting stops were great, very different from each other. One was a small family operation and the other was a major player in the wine industry.

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.

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