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Enjoy stunning natural beauty in Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra during this guided day trip from Lisbon. A green jewel on the coast of the Sado Estuary, Arrábida Natural Park is a protected region blanketed by Mediterranean vegetation. With your local guide, journey through the park to Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira), the fishing town of Sesimbra, the clifftop Cabo Espichel and Sesimbra’s compelling monument, the Moorish castle. Enjoy leisure time to explore Setúbal Castle and Palmela Castle, lounge on Arrábida’s serene beaches, or taste local delights in Azeitão. Alternatively, skip the leisure time and upgrade to a 3-hour dolphin cruise.

Highlights

  • Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra day trip from Lisbon
  • Travel through beautiful Arrábida Natural Park and see Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira) with an expert guide
  • Learn about Our Lady of the Cape at the clifftop sanctuary in Cabo Espichel
  • Visit the Moorish castle in the charming fishing village of Sesimbra
  • Relax on the hidden beaches of Praia dos Coelhos (Rabbits’ Beach) and Praia do Piloto (Pilot’s Beach) in Arrábida
  • Enjoy free time to visit Setúbal Castle and Palmela Castle, or savor local wine and food in Azeitão
  • Upgrade to spot dolphins on an optional 3-hour catamaran cruise

What You Can Expect

Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip from Lisbon

Spot dolphins on an optional cruise

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), often compared to the Golden Gate bridge of San Francisco. Then, leave behind Lisbon’s cityscape for the oscillating Cascais coastline.

Drive an hour or so and arrive at the stunningly green Arrábida Natural Park. Traverse this park while learning from your guide the history of this protected region. Continue to the golden sands of Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira) and watch windsurfers and marine birds swirl in its waters.

Cruise onward to the beautiful cliffs of Cabo Espichel (Cape 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 Atlantic coast.

Next, drive to the charming seaside town of Sesimbra, where local fishermen haul in fresh catches from the choppy waters. On your own, stroll to the Moorish castle and discover its medieval roots. Afterward, stop for lunch (own expense) in Sesimbra or nearby at the bay of Portinho da Arrábida.

Reconvene with your guide and sail off on your 3-hour dolphin cruise (if upgrade selected). Step aboard an extravagant catamaran and enjoy live commentary as you search the Atlantic for dolphins.

Or, you can, continue to use remaining your free time soaking up the sun at Praia dos Coelhos (Rabbits’ Beach) and Praia do Piloto (Pilot’s Beach), Arrábida’s hidden golden beaches. Your day trip from Lisbon offers you options from here, either visit the stately Palmela Castle and Setúbal Castle or tantalize your taste buds with a food and wine tasting at a local Azeitão village wine cellar. Taste two varietals of Portuguese wine paired with local small plate specialties.

After an adventurous day join with your group for a ride back to your Lisbon hotel where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

MEHENDI B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Amazing Tour - Nuno was an amazing guide. I am sure he will remember us the crazy 8 friends for a long long time.
A perfect way to see beautiful places of Portugal.

Thomas H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very, very enjoyable tour. I highly recommend the dolphin cruise! Very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide.

Mary Ellen N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great trip. Just a small group which was what I was looking for. Guide was very considerate of my husband who has a hard time getting around. Learned and saw a lot. No problems. I would definitely use this guide again.

Moshier

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was amazing. Nuno was an awesome tour guide. He was very knowledgable and friendly. What a great way to see The beautiful sights of Portugal!

Reka V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

great tour, flexibly adjusting to our needs, great guide!

Payal S

1 star rating: I do not recommend this December 2015

The description clearly states Or, you can, continue to use remaining your free time soaking up the sun at Praia dos Coelhos Rabbits Beach and Praia do Piloto Pilots Beach, Arrábidas hidden golden beaches. Your day trip from Lisbon offers you options from here, either visit the stately Palmela Castle and Setúbal Castle or tantalize your taste buds with a food and wine tasting at a local Azeitão village wine cellar. Taste two varietals of Portuguese wine paired with local small plate specialties.

So either we would do beaches, castles OR wine/food tastings.

When we asked if we would be doing the wine and food tasting in Azeitão, our tour guide was very rude and said we don't have time for that. This is an option they would have to be notified about ahead of time for. He picked the beaches for us on our behalf and we spent half of our day laying on the beach.

We could have taken a bus ourselves to the beach from Lisbon and didn't need to be paying so much money for him to be just laying in the sad. Our trip to Portugal was 6 days long, I didn't spend so much time and money to come from New York City to watch him take a swim.

The website didn't set expectations properly and neither did he at the start of the tour. Instead he was rude and embarrassing in front of the other guests on the tour. I would never use this tour company or recommend them to anyone else.

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