A green jewel on the coast of the Sado Estuary, Arrábida Natural Park is a protected region blanketed by Mediterranean vegetation.
With your Around Lisbon guide, journey to Meco Beach, the clifftop Cabo Espichel and the fishing town of Sesimbra with its Moorish Castle.
Enjoy leisure time at Arrábida’s beautiful beaches, if you prefer, or visit caves, hidden ports and Setúbal's Casa da Baía, where you can learn about local products and the resident dolphins community.
- Arrábida Natural Park day trip from Lisbon
- From the cliffs of Meco Beach, admire the Western Coastline
- 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
- Explore Saint Margareth Cave, visit Portinho da Arrábida and heat to Setúbal and its Casa da Baía
- Alternatively, enjoy free time to relax on beaches such as Galapos, Galapinhos or Praia dos Coelhos
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT
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. Enter the park while learning from your Around Lisbon guide the history of this protected region, and reach the cliffs of Meco Beach, where you can admire the beauty of the Western Coastline.
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. Afterward, stop for lunch (own expense) fresh fish in Sesimbra.
Rejoin with your Around Lisbon guide and continue driving by unmapped roads to explore the Southern Coastline of the Park, where you'll discover St. Margareth's Cave (moderate walking required) and the charming Portinho da Arrábida harbour.
Continue by a curvy seaside road, admiring the gorgeous beaches of Arrábida, to Setúbal, where you'll visit the Casa da Baía Center, an historical XVIII century building hosting local products and an interpretative center about the resident dolphin community.
Alternatively, spend some free time soaking up the sun and swiming at Galapos, Galapinhos or Praia dos Coelhos, Arrábida’s hidden golden beaches.
After an adventurous day ride back to your Lisbon hotel where this tour ends.