Welcome to Setúbal Peninsula


The main hub of the region is the vibrant port of Setúbal, a fine place to munch choco frito (fried cuttlefish) and spot bottlenose dolphins on a breezy cruise of the marshy Sado estuary. To the west lies Parque Natural da Arrábida, lined with scalloped bays flanked by sheer cliffs that are home to birds of prey. It leads to the cobbled backstreets of the fishing town of Sesimbra, overshadowed by a Moorish castle.


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Setúbal Peninsula activities

$103.10 Tours & Sightseeing

Sesimbra Experience

Portugal fed itself for hundreds of generations using nets and lines, and its maritime and fishing traditions are among the most entrenched in Europe. In this experience you will observe, learn, experience and taste the real Sesimbra.Start your tour inside Santiago's Fortress, one of the most important monuments of Sesimbra, and walk along the promenade to the west side of the town. Admire the architecture of the iconic Hotel do Mar and hear about the urban changes in Sesimbra during the last century. Enter the Port of Sesimbra and follow your guide on a tour inside the Fishing Port, where you'll observe the unloading of fish from the boats, see the catch of the day and familiarize yourself with the fishermen's lifestyle and traditional fishing techniques. Taste the Fisherman's Liqueur, a typical drink, inside a fisherman warehouse and learn with the best how to make fishing nets. Go on a 30 minute boat tour in Sesimbra's bay and enjoy the breathtaking views of the town and the surroundings. Admire the landscape of beautiful cliffs, Mediterranean vegetation and golden beaches. Finish your tour at a local fish restaurant feasting with the highest quality fresh fish for dinner.

$94.25 Outdoor Activities

Arrabida 4X4 Tour

Tours are always customized according to your tastes.As the Arrábida is a unique world, and there an immense diversity of natural attractions, historic, gastronomy, wine , each tour is always a different tour.The tours can be supplemented with bread-making workshops, cheese making, tiles manufacturing, wine tasting, oysters tasting.

$400.94 Outdoor Activities

Alqueva Lake by 4X4

The ‘new’ Alentejo is a must. The largest artificial lake in Europe is here. The wines that are beginning to belong to the world and the cuisine, rich, rooted and unforgettable, are now living the rural modernity in an exemplary way. Landscapes arranged by nature and accepted by Man show that environmental perfection can be achieved. Golden plains, water mirrors, vineyard, farming, architecture and a rich heritage full of modernity is what we propose. We leave by 8:00am, destination is Évora, the only Portuguese city that figures in the “European oldest cities network”, we will visit the Historical city center, Unesco World Heritage awarded; Diana Temple and the Bones Chapel, in Saint Francis church. Next stop will be Monsaraz were we can lunch in presence of Alentejo’s top wines and cuisine. Then we will go offorad in Alqueva Natural Park.

$45.82 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Dolphin Watch Tour in Sesimbra

10.00 Depart from Sesimbra´s HarbourHere it will take place the regular safety briefing as well the presantations of our staff and crew that will escort you along the tour.11.00 Sado river estuary were we will meet the botllenose dolphinsWe will brief you about this amazing sea mamals and all the efforts to there preservation.12.00 Arrival to Armação Bay were participants can dive and swimm in this amazing sheltered bayIn this amazing bay you will find na old fort as well some fisherman´s old houses, our guide will do a story telling about this beautiful place and its history  along the ages.We have onboard snorkelling equipments that you can use under previous request.13.00 Arrival to Sesimbra, end of the tour.

$20.05 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Taxi Tour to Ribeira do Cavalo Beach

The meeting point is in the sea activities shop in Sesimbra´s harbour.From there participants will be guided towards the boarding platform for the transfer and for a small briefing about safety procedures.The boat transfer takes 15 minutes for the beach and it is held in a zodiac boat.Departure schedules from Sesimbra´s Marina: 9AM ; 2PMPick up/Return Schedules from Ribeiro do Cavalo Beach: 2.30PM ; 6PMNote: The Ribeira do Cavalo Beach belongs to the protected area of the Natural Park of The Arrabida, help us preserve this unique natural ecosystem! Avoid collecting or damaging the vegetation and performing activities that foment Arrabida Natural Park’s beaches and ridges cliffs erosion such as removing stones and vegetation for ornamental purposes.Always be sure to use the waste containers provided; if there aren’t any bring aboard and we will dispose them in Sesimbra harbor proper containers.Toillets and other beach facilities do not exist in this beach, be sure to bring water and food suitable for the duration of your stay as well sun protection.

$45.82 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Visit to the Grottoes and caves of the Arrábida coast

Departure at 14.30 PM towards the Espichel Cape. The Espichel cape is famous for its geological wealth and country’s unique limestone formations. In this boat tour we’ll depart from Sesimbra and, along our tour, we’ll visit the caves and geological formations that cover this coast. We’ll visit Tamboril grotto with its zenithal lighting and crystal clear water, Frade grotto entrance – one of the biggest cave formations and galleries or the “Mesas”, geological formations made by marine erosion. We’ll end our boat tour to the Sesimbra´s caves with a visit to the monumental Arco da Pombeira grotto in Espichel Cape walls and to the “Bifa”, a singular geological formation at the cape’s feet, where we can see the sea being expelled as if it was a geyser.From 15.30 to 16.00 it is time to do some snorkelling in this amazing and protected bay inside the maritime sea reserve, thus, full with sea life and birds. head back towards Sesimbra´s Harbour. Welcome drink and water is offered on board.

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