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  • Arrábida and Sesimbra Day Tour & Wine Tasting

    1. Arrábida and Sesimbra Day Tour & Wine Tasting

    Experience the flavors and natural beauty of Portugal on this lovely full-day tour. Heading towards Portugal's Extremadura region, you will travel out of Lisbon over the longest bridge in Europe, the Vasco da Gama Bridge. In Palmela, you will find a Moorish castle offering fantastic photo opportunities. Visit a family estate where you can try homemade wine. Then continue through the mountains of the Arrábida National Park - up to 500 meters or 1,640 feet above sea level- and marvel at the spectacular views of one of Portugal's most beautiful landscapes. The park is also home to many plant and animal species found exclusively in this region. Much of the park is subject to strong protective measures and certain locations can only be accessed with special permission. Time for a short break. Take a relaxed stroll on the beach of Portinho Arrábida and enjoy the cool sea breeze and crisp air...

    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.

  • Sesimbra and Arrabida Natural Park Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

    2. Sesimbra and Arrabida Natural Park Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

    The 8-hour excursion begins with a drive to Palmela, a town known for its natural beauty. Visit the castle and enjoy magnificent views over the plain between the Tagus and Sado rivers. You’ll see the hills of São Francisco and Arrábida and also the Cristo Rei. Next stop is at the gates of the park, on the grounds of Azeitão. Inside Arrábida Natural Park you’ll learn about the protected area and its native plants and wildlife. You’ll also have an opportunity to relax in Portinho Arrábida. In the afternoon you’ll head to Sesimbra, a fishing village, where you’ll enjoy a walk along the coastal way that extends through the village. Visit the castle, now a National Monument. Continue on to Cabo Espichel for stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and stop for a wine tasting.

    Delightful end to our week in Portugal. The seaside towns were dreamy and walking along the beach was perfect. Our guide, Antonio, Was knowledgeable, helpful and made sure that everything was perfect. 10/10

  • Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

    3. Lisbon: Southern Sights and Wine Private Tour

    Cross the Tagus River from Lisbon to the south side and visit a medieval castle with an archaeological museum inside. Travel through the dense forest to the immense Portuguese coast surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with beautiful beaches to explore. Located next to the sea, between Setúbal and the fishing town of Sesimbra, Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty. Here, see how the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs and the depths of the green vegetation that covers the mountain range. Have lunch in a sunny fisherman village, and taste the fresh flavors of the Portuguese fish-based gastronomy. Passing through the dense forest, visit an old sanctuary on the top of a dramatic cliff by the sea, and discover astonishing landscapes. Enjoy a wine tasting session with one of the most prestigious local wine producers.

    We had a great experience with Cesar. The fishing village of Sesimbra and the beach are delightful and the wine tour was super informative and relaxed! The nice views from the Arrabida mountains were an added bonus! Cesar is very passionate about the local culture and food and we had a very pleasant time.

  • South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

    4. South of Lisbon’s Wonders: Arrabida, Wine & Tile Tour

    Learn how tiles became one of Portugal's icons and delve deep into their manufacturing. Drink the best regional wines and discover the process behind getting the grape to your glass. Get picked up by your local guide at your accommodation. Make your way south crossing the iconic Tejo River by Vasco da Gama Bridge, one of the longest in Europe. Continue to Palmela Castle, which has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Due to its privileged and strategic location, it’s one of Portugal’s oldest castles and home to stunning views for both Tejo & Sado River. Move onward to Arrábida Mountain, integrated into the protected Arrábida Natural Park. Marvel at its beauty. Hidden between the trees, turned towards the ocean, find yourself at the Arrábida Convent! Your next stop is the Tile Factory. Travel back in time at this one-of-a-kind handmade factory that still uses centuries-old techniqu...

  • Meet the Real Portugal: Day Tour from Lisbon

    5. Meet the Real Portugal: Day Tour from Lisbon

    Stop at Setúbal's picturesque market before continuing the drive to Serra da Arrábida on this 8-hour tour. Climb to the top of the ridge, and take in views of the city of Lisbon and mountains to the north, and the sea and the Tróia peninsula to the south. Walk down to Portinho da Arrábida, a white sand beach in the mouth of the Sado RIver. In the fishing village of Sesimbra, a boat will be waiting to take you to a beach that’s accessible only by water. Enjoy a swim in the clear, sparkling waters. Visit one of Palmela oldest wineries. The family-owned winery produces a range from table wines to demarcated wines. Enjoy a traditional wine tasting along with some typical regional products.

    José was great. He is well read, well-informed, accommodating, creative and very funny. We had a wonderful day. I did not know when I booked that it was a private tour. I would not have booked it had I known - that would have been a mistake. I can not recommend him highly enough.

  • From Lisbon: Private Wine Tour with Setúbal & Arrábida

    6. 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.

  • Full-Day Electric Bike Tour: Arrábida Nature Park

    7. 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...

  • Palmela and Arrabida 4x4

    8. 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 ...

    A very exclusive look at the natural beauty of this coast. 200-year old pine trees, beautiful estuaries and beaches. We enjoyed the exclusivity of having access to the beach and seaside restaurant.

  • Private Van Tour Arrabida and Wine Tasting

    9. 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 ...

  • Arrábida/Blue Coast: Private Tour from Setúbal/Palmela

    10. 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 o...

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4.8 / 5

based on 138 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.

We had a great experience with Cesar. The fishing village of Sesimbra and the beach are delightful and the wine tour was super informative and relaxed! The nice views from the Arrabida mountains were an added bonus! Cesar is very passionate about the local culture and food and we had a very pleasant time.

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.

The tour guide is amazing! Ricardo even helped in taking photos. The tour guides are very nice. They make sure that you get to your tour. They speak different languages.