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Explore lush green mediterranean-like vegetation during a private guided day trip to Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra from Lisbon. Covered with beautiful flora and the stunning shore of the Sado Estuary it’s no wonder Arrábida Natural Park is a nationally protected area. During your journey, observe Cabo Espichel’s sanctuary and venture through the pretty fishing town of Sesimbra. This day trip from Lisbon includes leisure time to enjoy Arrábida’s beaches, stops for delicious food and local wine, and time to admire Palmela Castle and Setúbal Castle. Alternative to the free time, a spectacular 3-hour dolphin cruise upgrade is available on request.

Highlights

  • Private Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra day trip from Lisbon
  • Explore the beautiful Arrábida Natural Park and pass by Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira)
  • Hear the legend of Our Lady of the Cape at the hilltop sanctuary in Cabo Espichel
  • Visit the beautiful fishing village of Sesimbra and see the impressive Moorish castle
  • Unwind on Arrábida’s beaches and choose 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
  • Receive the undivided attention of an expert guide on this private day trip

What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip from Lisbon

Visit the Cabo Espichel sanctuary

After pickup from your central hotel in Lisbon, experience a memorable private tour of Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra. In your air-conditioned minivan, buckle your seatbelt and cross the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) which spans the famous Tagus River. While journeying to the coastal town of Cascais, let your guide know your interests so they can help tailor your tour.

After about thirty minutes, adventure through Arrábida Natural Park to marvel at the abundance of trees and beautiful flora. This 108-acre park is one of 30 nationally protected regions and is home to the famous Convento de Nossa Senhora da Arráida, a former monastery built in the 16th century. As you continue through the park, enjoy a glimpse of the golden sands surrounding Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira).
 
Arrive at Cabo Espichel and hop out to visit Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a chapel and religious sanctuary that pilgrims visited since the early 18th century. Stroll with your guide to the nearby cliffs and capture breathtaking seascape views from atop.

Next, drive to the southern side of the Setubul Peninsula and discover the calm fishing town of Sesimbra. On your own, head to the Moorish Castle standing high above the town. Then, break for lunch (own expense) in Sesimbra or in the nearby bay of Portinho da Arrábida. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations.

If you selected the upgrade for the 3-hour dolphin cruise, rendezvous with your guide and travel to your luxury catamaran. Cruise the serene waters listening to live onboard narration and keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins.

Alternatively, relish time basking in the sun at Arrábida’s hidden beaches. Relax at the serene Praia dos Coelhos (Rabbits’ Beach) and Praia do Piloto (Pilot’s Beach) as waves lull you into a trance. This private tour from Lisbon lets you select one of two great options next. Visit the 8th century Palmela Castle and 16th century Setúbal Castle or enjoy a tasting of traditional food and wine at a local cellar.

As the tour ends, drive back to Lisbon and gaze out the window at pleasant views until you have reached your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent - tour guide very good. Highly recommended!

Joseph I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic day with a very knowledgeable guide, with perfect English. Magic.
Many thanks Ruy.

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