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Arrábida and Sesimbra

Discover beaches protected by the mountains


The Serra da Arrábida, which is part of the Arrábida Natural Park, consists of a rugged and steep relief located on the north bank of the Sado river estuary, in the municipality of Setúbal, with the highest point at 501 meters of altitude and peculiar characteristics of climate and flora. With its Mediterranean climate, it has a flora rich in Mediterranean species, such as holm oak, cork oak and oak.

The Arrábida Natural Park, founded in 1976, with an area of approximately 10,800 hectares, and the beaches protected by the mountains, with calm and transparent waters, are popular with the inhabitants of Setúbal and Lisbon. Portinho da Arrábida, a natural harbor sheltered by the mountains, is one of the most sought after in the region. There is also Galapinhos, elected in 2017 as the best beach in Europe by the European Best Destinations portal.

Sesimbra clearly has the charm of a land of sea people. A walk through the narrow and steep streets allows us to observe this through the marine motifs that decorate the houses, the presence of hammocks and other perch arts, don't deny that we are right in the center of a fisherman's land.

The city of Setúbal is located in the so-called Costa Azul, it is an important port and trade area. One of its main activities is undoubtedly fishing. With a pleasant historic center, the traditional market is aligned with the pedestrian streets that lead to a nice avenue, which offers a huge and refreshing garden.
The wide range of restaurants also allows us to taste the best of the reserve's gastronomy. You are sure to have fresh fish and seafood on the menu directly from the fish market.

This tour can also include a visit to the JMF wine museum, built in the 19th century and which was the residence of the Soares Franco family until 1974, ending with a wine tasting.

On your way back to Lisbon, you'll be dazzled by the landscape of the Serra da Arrábida.


Note: If you don't want to do the wine tasting, you can add other activities to the tour.


Add ons

​​Don't miss the opportunity to see dolphins up close, in the bay of Setúbal. The trip is accompanied by experienced marine biologists who will help identify each of the dolphins and interpret their behavior and the environment.
* This visit is not included in the tour but you can add it when making your reservation, just fill in the comments section when booking.

Have you ever imagined yourself riding a horse in an endless stretch of sand, practically deserted, flanked by rice fields, pine forests and dunes. A paradise of intense colors, integrated in the Natural Reserve of the Sado Estuary, a paradise on the Atlantic coast as far as the eye can see.

This horse ride is done in groups, at pre-defined times. But if on the other hand you want to learn or improve the techniques of equestrian art, it is also possible to take classes in different modalities and adapted to the level of experience of each one.

* This visit is not included in the tour but you can add it when making your reservation, just fill in the comments section when booking.

      While we welcome all participants, please note that space is limited. Tours often sell out. To get your preferred choice and to avoid missing out on your spot, we strongly recommend that you make your reservation as early as possible.


Group of 2 people: €125 pp

Group of 3 people: €92 pp

Group of 4 people: 80 € pp

Group of 5 people: €69 pp

Group of 6 people: €64 pp

Group of 7 people: €61 pp

Group of 8 people: €54 pp

 »Price for children (6-12 years old): 40€

 »Free for babies (0-5 years old)

All prices include:

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Local driver/guide

  • private transport

  • Insurance

  • free wifi

  • Fresh water

Not included in the price:

  • Meals

  • Tickets to monuments

  • Wine tasting (optional)*

  • Dolphin sighting (optional)*

  • Horseback riding on the beach (optional)*

  • Tips (optional)


  • Start time 9:00

  • Estimated end time 18:00


  • Clothing and footwear appropriate for the time of year

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Sunscreen

  • Camera

Guide languages:

  • Portuguese

  • English

  • Spanish

* Optional activities are subject to confirmation

ATTENTION: Some of the places to visit have steep access, so it is not recommended for people with reduced mobility.

Tour with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8 people, including babies and children.

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