The Arrábida region, 30 minutes from Lisbon, is a surprise to all those who visit. After crossing the Tagus and before reaching the River Sado, the hills, sea and land come together in these three magical and enchanting places where history is written in the stones and the quality of life can be felt in the air.

If you head south out of Lisbon, you don’t have to go far to find three small gems worth discovering with time and leisure. Sesimbra, one of the most popular holiday regions for the Portuguese, has all the hustle and liveliness of a holiday resort. With snack bars and classy restaurants for partying, Sesimbra also offers a lively family environment besides beach and nightlife. Distant from the urban excitement, the imposing Cape Espichel and the legend of Azóia envelop it in a mystical and contemplative atmosphere that is ideal for enjoying the sunset.

And as you approach, you start to see the outline of Palmela and its castle forming, with the form of the hills of the Serra de Arrábida hills in the background. Palmela has plenty of food options which help you to gather your forces to climb up to the castle and visit the old main square, from which smoke signals would be sent to communicate with the castles of São Jorge and Alcácer do Sal. In Setúbal today, the only smoke you see is from the BBQs, grilling fish for the hungry customers who have been on the beach or gone for a walk. Don’t miss the great culinary speciality of the area: fried cuttlefish. It’s ideal as you try to catch a glimpse of the bottlenose dolphins in the River Sado.

In this area, which is perfect for nature tourism thanks to the Sado estuary nature park, you can also combine your passion for golf. Arrábida provides a unique verdant backdrop, with its beaches hidden in the middle of the vegetation, its walking trails and the beautiful town of Azeitão where you can visit the wineries and the famous muscatel producers and try the incomparable tortas which are the delight of the region.

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Anthia Diving Center is a Tourism Animation company. Our main objective is to promote recreational diving in all its aspects.

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Aquarama is a company of Maritime-tourist activity, which operates in Sesimbra and marine area of Arrábida Natural Park and has an unique boat. The APNEA boat allows underwater view.

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See one of the loveliest beaches in Portugal and the fort by Portinho da Arrábida beach which guards it: Arrábida Fort. It’s a breathtaking sight.

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Dotted by idyllic beaches and secret coves next door to Setúbal, the Parque Natural da Arrábida represents a peaceful, natural and protected encounter between land and sea.

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À Vela Passeios offers catamaran or sailboat tours in private regime, in the Sado Estuary, Tróia Coast and Arrábida. Sado Dolphin Watching and Sunset Cruises.

Want a different accommodation? We have unique spaces and a set of ZEN services. Come and meet us.

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Badger Tours oferece uma diversidade de passeios turísticos, visitas guiadas, passeios pedestres, hiking trips, golf trips, transferes, shuttles de/para o aeroporto e rent-a-car.

Discover the most idyllic beaches in the Lisbon region, protected by the hills and blessed by a sea of tranquil water ideal for swimming.

The biovilla, as an agro-tourism project inserted in the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park, intends to develop a tourist activity that contributes to the economic, cultural and environmental development of the region in a sustainable way.

BoatCenter has been on the recreational boating sector since 2000 and we value our resources to qualify this activity, creating the right conditions for customers to enjoy unforgettable experiences of the sea all year round!

Dolphin watching center and nautical activities in Sesimbra, 30 minutes from Lisbon. Contact us for more information and explore the biodiverse waters and stunning landscapes of Sesimbra and Arrábida!

Caramela is the oldest grocery store in Poceirão. The first opening date is 1952 and after being closed for more than three decades, it reopens in 2020 in the midst of a pandemic, as a gourmet grocery store.

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It’s your turn to conquer this monumental castle in the Lisbon region. Take a trip to Palmela to get to know the area and the Arrábida hills which surround it.

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This place of worship, which was founded in 1165, is a landmark of the Christian reconquest of Portugal led by King Afonso Henriques.

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Take a trip five centuries back in time 30 km outside Lisbon. The church of the Antigo Mosteiro de Jesus is an old and impressive building that you should visit.

Dive Club Cipreia ... diving since 1992! We offer services related to maritime activities for leisure, from boating and snorkeling to diving experiences.

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Discover a unique convent in an amazing place close to Lisbon. In the middle of the Serra da Arrábida Nature Park, this convent could be taken from a fairytale.

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The Frigate D. Fernando II e Glória is the last wooden sailing ship of the Portuguese Navy and the last “Nau” of the “Carreira da Índia”, the connection between Portugal and India.

With a modern and timeless total of 207 rooms, this dream resort is located in the village of Sesimbra in the heart of Arrabida Natural Park and Atlantic Ocean

Sesimbra is located in a huge bay facing south, the weather being predominantly north, it is very sheltered throughout the year allowing unique conditions for diving.