Visit a green jewel on the coast of the Sado Estuary, ArrÌÁbida Natural Park, a protected region blanketed by Mediterranean vegetation, with a day trip from Lisbon.
• Arrábida Natural Park day trip from Lisbon
• See Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira)
• Learn about the tale of 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 hidden beaches such as Portinho da Arrábida, Galapos or Praia dos Coelhos in Arrábida Natural Park
• Enjoy free time to savor local wine, cheese and pastries in Azeitão or visit Setúbal and Palmela Castles
After meeting your guide at your local Lisbon hotel, we’ll begin our scenic and relaxing day trip from Lisbon to Arrábida National Park and Sesimbra.
Traveling by air-conditioned minivan we’ll cross the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril), often compared to the Golden Gate bridge of San Francisco, and drive about 40 minutes to the stunningly green Arrábida Natural Park. Traverse this park while learning about 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.
Then we’ll 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, we’ll drive to the charming seaside town of Sesimbra, where local fishermen haul in fresh catches from the ocean. Stroll to the Moorish castle and discover its medieval roots. Afterward, stop for lunch (own expense) fresh fish in Sesimbra or nearby at the bay of Portinho da Arrábida.
Rejoin with your guide and continue your afternoon soaking up the sun at Portinho da Arrábida, Galapos or Praia dos Coelhos, Arrábida`s hidden golden beaches.
Your day trip from Lisbon offers you other other options such as indulging your tastes at a local Azeitão village wine cellar (taste two varietals of Portuguese wine paired with local small cheese or pastries specialties) or visiting Palmela and Setúbal Castles.
After an adventurous day we’ll ride back to your Lisbon hotel where this tour ends.
More info about Lisbon:
Lisbon is Portugal’s coastal capital, also known as ‘the city of seven hills’. This is actually inaccurate, as Lisbon is sitting on eight hills (the eighth one being the tallest – Graça). But, don’t worry, a discrepancy in number of hills will definitely not affect your visit to this wonderful city.
More info about Portugal:
Portugal is a small European country on the Atlantic Ocean, sharing Iberian Peninsula with Spain. The country’s position at the sea has shaped its past and present and will inevitably shape its future. Portugal was major maritime power during 16th to 19th century and this has left deep impact into its culture and history.