Welcome to Setúbal
The thriving port town of Setúbal (shtoo-bahl) makes a terrific base for exploring the region’s natural assets. Top of the must-do list is a cruise to the marshy wetlands of the Sado estuary, the splashy playground of bottlenose dolphins, flocks of white storks (spring and summer), and wintering flamingos that make the water fizz like pink champagne. You can hike or bike along the dramatic, pine-brushed coastline of... Read More
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Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon
This full-day tour begins as you head south from Lisbon to Setúbal, a region best known for its wine, cheese and gastronomy. Here you will board a modern catamaran or a fully restored salt galleon (depending on weather and sea conditions), for a relaxing and enjoyable cruise in the Sado Estuary, where you’ll learn about the resident bottlenose dolphins and hopefully be able to observe wild dolphins in their natural environment. The cruise takes between 2 to 3 hours. See the natural reserve of Arrábida, take in the stunning views, and learn about the area’s history and gastronomy. You’ll see, from the ocean, the Arrábida Convent, The Saint Filipe Fort and discover some other important historical sites before returning to the old city centre of Setúbal. Before returning to Lisbon, you’ll stop to taste a special liqueur, made according to a centuries old recipe and that can only be found in this region. Besides this you will also be able to taste the regional Azeitão cheese, homemade bread and different sweets that you have probably never tried.
Historical and Natural Arrábida: Private Tour from Lisbon
You’ll travel south from Lisbon to Azeitão, a picturesque region noted for its wines and cheeses. On this full-day excursion you’ll visit the natural reserve of Arrábida, where you’ll take in stunning mountain views, and learn about the area’s history, experience some of its top products, and visit its beaches (during the summer).Along the way you’ll stop to see the Arrábida Convent, Lapa de Santa Margarida, before reaching the historical center of Setúbal.Next you’ll head to a very rare, restored tide mill that was built in 1601. This piece of industrial archaeology stands as a testimony to medieval engineering expertise. The mill still uses the tides as a source of renewable, non-polluting energy.Each year the ObservaNatura fair, dedicated to nature tourism and bird watching, is held here. There are various footpaths that provide a variety of views of the surrounding marshlands.At the end of the tour, you’ll be invited to sample some of the popular local products, from liqueurs to cheeses and traditional sweets.
Arrabida Tour and Boat Ride to a Hidden Beach With Picnic from Lisbon
Set out from Lisbon to Serra da Arrábida, and climb to the top of the ridge for stunning views of the region’s landscape. The entire city of Lisbon unfolds to the north, alongside the mountains of St. Luís, St. Francisco, Louro, and Gaiteiros. To the south, you will see islets rising from the crystal clear blue sea, the Tróia peninsula, and the city of Setúbal.Descend through Portinho da Arrábida, a white-sand beach with crystal clear waters at the mouth of the Sado River. Head towards Sesimbra, a fishing village with calm waters located along a bay. A boat awaits to ferry you to another beach paradise, accessible only by boat. Enjoy a snack, and swim in the clear, sparkling waters.Visit the castle of Palmela, a former convent with panoramic views of the entire region. On clear days you can even catch a glimpse of Lisbon from the top of its tower. Stop into one of the region’s oldest wineries, a family-owned spot now in its fourth generation. Sample some of its famous varietals, from table wines to demarcated wines (with designation of origin). Finish your tour at your original starting point.
Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Traditional Fisherman's Lunch in Setúbal
After crossing Lisbon´s old bridge, head to Fonte da Telha Beach, home to an old fishing village. Learn about the fisherman's traditional way of life and different fishing techniques on a beach surrounded by cliffs and pine forests. Later on, travel along the coast to the Arrábida Mountain Range where you can see the breathtaking views of the Sado estuary, which is listed as one of the most beautiful bays of the world. Driving down the Arrábida Mountain arrival at the city of Setúbal, where you will visit the Livramento Market (established in 1930).This market was considered in June/2015 by USA Today Travel (Food & Wine), as one of the best fish markets of the world. The market’s distinctive tiled walls are called “Azulejos”. Comprised of 5,700 decorative tile pieces, the wall panels measure about 1,259 square feet and depict scenes of everyday local activities such as fishing and farming. You will see an assortment of local seafood laid out on counters and get to know how fish actually look like…Sardines are a favorite at the market. According to the Portuguese National Tourist Office, 13 sardines are eaten per second in Portugal during the month of June.To end your experience, you will lunch at a typical family run fisherman´s restaurant where you will eat a delicious and traditional Mediterranean meal.After lunch and before heading back to Lisbon, you’ll stop to taste a special liqueur, that can only be found in this region, and that is made according to a 400-year-old recipe. Finally you will also be able to taste the regional Azeitão cheese, homemade bread and different sweets that you have probably never tried.
Private Arrabida Setubal and Azeitao Day Tour
Pick-up at your accommodation and drive towards South bank through Ponte 25 de Abril. Stop at the Cristo Rei monument for enjoying the beautiful view of Lisbon. Departure towards Sesimbra to visit Cabo Espichel Sanctuary and Sesimbra Castle. Drive along the coastline and beach shore at Arrábida hills towards Setúbal. Lunch in Setúbal at a typical Portuguese restaurant. Departure towards Azeitão villages to visit a traditional tile factory. See José Maria da Fonseca vineyards and cellars with an optional wine tasting (own expense), or Quinta da Bacalhoa vineyards and cellars with optional wine tasting (own expense). Tasting of traditional pastry at O Cego (subject to availability). Return to Lisbon through Vasco da Gama bridge. Alterations of the route are accepted.This is a full-day trip usually starting between 8:00am and 9:00am visiting breath-taking landscapes and the uniqueness of the Setúbal and Arrábida regions.
Christ the King and Arrábida Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon
Your morning starts with a pick-up from your centrally-located Lisbon hotel. Get a new perspective of the city while riding over the Tagus River to Almada on the 25th of April Bridge. Visit Christ the King statue, inspired by Brazil’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue, and admire stunning views of Lisbon. Though not completed until 1969, plans for the monument were approved in 1940, as a plea to God to keep Portugal out of World War II.Next, make your way to Azeitão parish, and taste the area’s wine and cheese. Sample Azeitão cheese, made from unpasteurized sheep’s milk with a semi-soft consistency similar to brie. Then visit a wine cellar to learn about the winemaking process and sample the results. Stop to observe the manufacture of Portuguese tiles on your way to beautiful Arrábida Natural Park. Enjoy free time exploring the area’s beaches and savoring lunch (own expense). One of only 30 areas officially under protection in Portugal, the park offers stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.On your return to Lisbon, pass through the fishing village of Setúbal, and stop at Palmela Castle. Human occupation in the area dates back to the Neolithic period, when a settlement and fortification began as early as 301 BC. Enjoy beautiful views over Lisbon and the river from your elevated vantage point. Cross Vasco de Gama Bridge on the return to your Lisbon hotel in the afternoon.