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Arrábida

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.

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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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Beaches of Arrábida and Sesimbra

Beaches of Arrábida and Sesimbra

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

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Sado Estuary Nature Reserve

Discover countless species of birds and several dozen dolphins amid marshes, sandbanks, rice paddies and a vast area of woods and reed plantations.

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Castelo de Palmela

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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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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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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Vertigem Azul offers Catamaran boat tours in Sado Estuary, Arrábida and Tróia coast. Dolphin Watching, Birdwatching and Sunset Cruises.


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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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Experiences to live with family and friends among cellars and vineyards that have been keeping stories for generations. Find us in Palmela, at Casa Mãe da Rota dos Vinhos.


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Discover countless species of birds and several dozen dolphins amid marshes, sandbanks, rice paddies and a vast area of woods and reed plantations.


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Located in the centre of Sesimbra Bay, Santiago Fort was part of the line of defences protecting the entrances to the Douro, Tejo and Sado rivers.


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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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Active and Nature Tourism in Arrábida/Lisbon - Coasteering, Canoeing, Trekking, Dolphin Watch, Boat Tours, Trekking, 4X4 Tours, Diving, Snorkeling, Climbing, Spelunking.


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Dolphin watching in the Setúbal bay, one of the most beautiful bay in the World. The Tróia peninsula, the coast of Arrábida and its beaches, the Fortress of Outão and the Palace of Commenda, are some of the most common passing places.