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Climb aboard on a Dolphin Watch Cruise


Enjoy stunning natural beauty in Arrábida Natural Park during this guided day trip from Lisbon.

With your Around Lisbon guide, go to Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira), the clifftop Cabo Espichel and the fishing town of Sesimbra with its Moorish Castle.

Journey through Arrábida Natural Park to Setúbal and board on an amazing 3-hour dolphin cruise.

  • 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
  • Enjoy the stunning views from the highs of Arrábida Natural Park
  • Spot dolphins on an unforgettable 3-hour catamaran cruise

Meet your Around Lisbon guide at your local Lisbon hotel for your day trip to Arrábida National Park and Sesimbra.

Hop aboard your air-conditioned minivan and cross the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril), often compared to the Golden Gate bridge of San Francisco.

Drive about 40 minutes and arrive at the stunningly green Arrábida Natural Park. Traverse this park while learning from your Around Lisbon guide 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.

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, 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.

Journey through Arrábida Natural Park to Setúbal and stop for lunch (own expense). Afterwards rejoin with your Around Lisbon guide and sail off on your 3-hour dolphin cruise and step aboard an extravagant catamaran and enjoy live commentary as you search the Sado river estuary for the local bottlenose dolphin community.

After an adventurous day ride back to your Lisbon hotel where this tour ends.


1-2 Persons - 370€ | 3-4 Persons - 500€ | 5-6 Persons - 610€ | 7-8 Persons - 720€


100€ (with a minimum of 3 participants)

Prices per person in Euros 



 Hotel pickup and drop-off

Around Lisbon expert guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Wi-Fi on board the minivan

Complimentary bottle of water

 3-hour Dolphin Watch Cruise

Accident and liability insurance




Food and Drinks

Other extras not mentioned


  EVERYDAY, on request


  Every MONDAY and THURSDAY, with a minimum of 3 participants



 PRIVATE TOUR: English, French or Portuguese



  • Departure point: your centrally located Lisbon hotel
  • Departure time 9h30am (exact pickup time will be confirmed within 48h prior to the tour)
  • Duration 8 hours (approximately)
  • Returns to original departure point at approximately 7pm
  • Wear comfortable clothing and footwear
  • Bring your swimwear, towel and sunscreen
  • The weather and sea conditions may not always allow the dolphin watch cruise to go ahead
  • Some people may get seasick on the boat trip

Josephin, C [March 2018]

I'm still buzzing. I leave this review with a big smile on my face!

As part of a hen do weekend we decided to book a day trip with "around lisbon tours" and it was the best thing we did. Gil and his team really went the extra mile to ensure that we (10 girls) have an unforgettable experience.

Our guides, Rui and Pedro, were very passionate about their country and jobs which was just a breath of fresh air. They shared a lot of knowledge with us!

Beside the wine tasting and dolphin watch tour (highlight of our whole weekend! It's so worth it - we saw approx. 30 of them and they were just really majestic and very playful), they showed us some wonderful beaches, view points and a breathtaking monastery.

Also "Sado Emotion" went above and beyond for our Dolphin tour on a speed boat. They even prepared quite a few surprises for our bride to be which was very kind and thoughtful. Overall it was a perfect day and we are so grateful to had a chance to experience this.

Thanks again for delivering a first class experience! I can highly recommend this tour and will use "around lisbon tours" again when we return later this year for a 2nd visit with the family.


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