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Costa da Caparica Tours

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Costa da Caparica
Just over the red April 25 Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) from Lisbon lies the Costa da Caparica, a strip of coastline stretching for about 19 miles (30 kilometers) from the bridge down to Arrabida Natural Park (Parque Natural da Arrábida). In summer, the beaches are packed with locals soaking up the sun and surfers looking to catch a wave.

The Basics
Costa da Caparica comprises a number of beaches, each with its own vibe and each beloved by Lisboans and visitors alike. From the party atmosphere of Caparica town beach to the more laid-back Morena Beach (Praia da Morena) to Lisbon’s original nudist Meco Beach (Praia do Meco), there’s something for everyone along the coast. 

Tours to Costa da Caparica generally involve surf lessons or bodyboarding, as the waves here are perfect for beginners. There are coastal horseback-riding tours from Lisbon, as well. For those who want to explore the entire coast, beach-hopping tours are available in summer.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Costa da Caparica is a must for beach lovers and beginner surfers.
  • Some beaches have limited facilities while others have beach bars serving Portuguese fare, snacks, and drinks.
  • There is little shade along the coast, so wear plenty of sunscreen and rent or bring a beach umbrella.

How to Get There
The easiest way to reach Costa da Caparica from Lisbon is by car or taxi. Alternatively, take the private TST bus 153 from Praça de Espanha or 161 from Praça do Areeiro, or hop the 5-minute ferry from Cais do Sodré to Cacilhas and get bus 135 from there. Once on the coast, a mini-train runs 6 miles (9.5 kilometers) from Caparica to the less-crowded beaches farther south.

When to Get There
The best time to visit Costa da Caparica is during summer, when the weather is hot and the cold Atlantic water is refreshing. If you want to surf, arrive early in the day for the best waves and the fewest people vying for them.

Historical Points of Interest
While Costa da Caparica is known for its beaches, there are also a few historical locations to explore. A 16th-century monastery overlooks the town of Caparica, and farther south you can find the Arriba Fóssil da Costa da Caparica, a nature reserve where 15-million-year-old fossils have been discovered. Other notable points include the estates of Medos (Quinta dos Medos) and São Miguel (Quinta de São Miguel), the residence of Robert Gulbenkian, and the rock-and-limestone House of the Crown (Casa da Coroa).
Address: Costa da Caparica, Setúbal, Portugal
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Lisbon Yellow Boat River Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Lisbon Yellow Boat River Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Swap Lisbon’s streets for the cooling waters of the Tagus River and take the heat out of sightseeing on this hop-on hop-off cruise. With your 24-hour ticket, you can travel quickly and easily around the Portuguese capital, hopping on and off at must-see sights like UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belém Tower and Christ the King (Cristo Rei) monument. Alternatively, stay on board for the full loop and listen to the audio commentary to learn more about the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Refreshing getaway to Costa da Caparica!

Refreshing getaway to Costa da Caparica!

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Ready to welcome 8 people, Toy Toy will take you on the most beautiful beaches of the Lisbon region. The heat of the city to the 7 hills on the banks of the Tagus, the vastness of the estuary give a unique tempo. And the enchantment continues beyond the city. With Toy Toy, you will enjoy our oxygenated ballads around Lisbon, its sweetness of life, and you will dive a little deeper into its secrets.
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  • 5 to 12 hours
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$78.63
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Horseback Riding, 3 options - Mountain, Lesson (Ring), Beach (2 Hours)

Horseback Riding, 3 options - Mountain, Lesson (Ring), Beach (2 Hours)

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Get acquainted with the stunning natural landscapes surrounding Lisbon during a horseback ride to Costa de Caparica. After strolling past the colossal Fossil Cliffs, you’ll climb atop a horse and canter past stunning coastal scenery. Stop to relax on the powdery sands of a local beach and opt to enjoy traditional Portuguese dishes such as grilled sardines and baked fish. On this small-group tour — limited to six people — you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.59
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Surf class in Costa da Caparica

Surf class in Costa da Caparica

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Only 30 minutes away from Lisbon, you will find one of the best spots to surf in Portugal: at our surf camp in Costa da Caparica! Join us from Cais do Sodré for a joy ride with our certified surf instructors. Get ready with a quick warm-up and then jump into the water to embrace the waves! Join us for an unforgettable surf trip in Portugal and you will have to do is have fun!
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  • 5 hours
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The Surf Instructor in Costa da Caparica

The Surf Instructor in Costa da Caparica

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Surfing is not a sport but a passion, once in a life you must try the feeling of riding a wave! With us you will be able to do that in a funny and safe way, and you're going to have a unique memory taken by our professional photographer!
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  • 3 hours
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Cacilhas - Almada - Costa da Caparica - Half Day Tour from Lisbon

Cacilhas - Almada - Costa da Caparica - Half Day Tour from Lisbon

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Venture over the famous April 25th Bridge and explore the landmarks of Almada and Costa da Caparica on a private tour. Take in the views of Lisbon from the Christ monument; tour the elegant Cerca House from the 12th century; walk on the hull of the 19th-century Dom Fernando and Gloria Frigate; explore the Capuchin Convent; and stroll the beaches of Costa da Caparica before heading back to Lisbon.
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  • 4 hours
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$176.90
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 Beach Day with lunch.

Beach Day with lunch.

After days touring the quaint streets and historic landmarks of Lisbon, no traveler should miss the chance to unwind with a day at the beach. With this inclusion-packed beach excursion, head to the Lisbon South Bay area. After an easy ride to the waterfront, sip a welcome drink, check out the optional activities—like windsurfing and paddleboarding—and sit back to soak up the sun. With hotel pickup and lunch included, all you need to do is relax.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Lisbon DISCOVERIES TOUR- Flight over Belem and the Tagus River

Lisbon DISCOVERIES TOUR- Flight over Belem and the Tagus River

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See spectacular views of Lisbon that most visitors miss on a private helicopter ride. Pick between numerous convenient tour times, and make your own way to the departure point. After an introduction, take to the air, and soar past many of the city’s top sights. You’ll discover landmarks ranging from the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery to the Christ the King statue and the 25 de Abril Bridge, and can admire city panoramas and Tagus River vistas as you go.
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  • 13 to 15 minutes
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$217.62
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Cooking Class of portuguese dishes at local market. (lunch included)

Cooking Class of portuguese dishes at local market. (lunch included)

Learn all about Portuguese gastronomy—and see how locals shop, cook, and dine—on this two-in-one culinary tour. Meet your private guide at a Lisbon location that suits you best, hop aboard your air-conditioned vehicle, and head to a bustling local market. Once inside, you’ll browse the various food stalls, will meet vendors, and will shop for ingredients. Then, take part in a hands-on cooking class, after which you’ll sit down to enjoy your authentic feast, complete with wine or beer.
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  • 6 hours
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$183.96
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