Activities in Sesimbra / Arrábida
The area of Sesimbra and the Arrábida Natural Park is simply idyllic and offers the opportunity for extraordinary outdoor activities. We have selected some of our favorite activities.
- Snorkeling Adventure 🐠
- Kayaking Excursion 🚣🏻♀️
- Coasteering 🧗
- Scuba Diving Discovery 🤿
- Paragliding Jump 🪂
- Self-Guided Hiking Trail 🥾
- 4×4 Excursion, Boat Tour, and Wine Tasting 🍷
- Dolphin-Watching Cruise 🐬
Important: If you have any doubts, if you are a group and wish to privatize your experience, feel free to contact us directly. We will guide you through the process to ensure it runs smoothly.
Please note that rates are discounted based on the number of participants.
1. Snorkeling Adventure in Arrábida 🐠
Dive into an incredible world of marine life and surprising discoveries.
An experience in the underwater universe of the Sesimbra and Arrábida coast, home to over 1350 species.
A perfect opportunity to share unforgettable moments in nature, with family or friends.
Guaranteed thrills, snorkeling at the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park in Arrábida, with its vast biodiversity and calm waters, provides sensations of relaxation and tranquility: schools of fish gliding through incredible landscapes, forests of swaying algae, and a multitude of shapes and colors in a unique natural spectacle.
Specialized guides will also accompany you in the water, ensuring your safety, comfort, and enjoyment.
Included: Snorkeling kit, wetsuit, boat departure, skipper, guides, and insurance.
2. Kayaking Excursion in Arrábida Natural Park 🚣🏻♀️
In one of the most biodiverse areas in Europe, you can explore the stunning landscapes and experiences offered by Arrábida – magnificent cliffs, small caves, wonderful corners, and peaceful encounters with the bustling fauna of the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park.
Offering a unique perspective on the coast of Sesimbra, this tour stops at Ribeiro do Cavalo, one of Portugal’s most beautiful wild beaches.
Less than an hour from Lisbon, this is an unforgettable experience you’ll want to share with your family and friends. These tours use highly stable double-seat kayaks, allowing you to navigate through these incredible landscapes comfortably and effortlessly.
Included: kayak with backrest and paddle, life jacket, waterproof bag, guide, support boat, and insurance.
2. b. Two-Day Kayak Tour with Beach Camping
Let yourself be carried away to an unforgettable experience along the coast of Arrábida, between Sesimbra and Cabo Espichel, in the heart of the Arrábida Natural Park.
Discover caves, wild beaches, and rugged coves, breathtaking landscapes, on the tranquil waters of the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park in Arrábida, one of Europe’s richest marine ecosystems. With a night of camping in a sheltered cove, this experience is guided by resident specialists who will reveal the secrets of Arrábida like no one else.
Included: fully equipped kayak, waterproof bag, tent, mattress, guide + support boat and insurance.
💼 Package available for a minimum of 8 participants:
3. Coasteering in Arrábida Natural Park – Sesimbra 🧗
An adrenaline rush, an unforgettable experience amidst a landscape of spectacular beauty in the Arrábida Natural Park!
Coasteering is one of the most powerful ways to discover nature, immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes, and enjoy incredibly fun experiences.
A blend of walking, cliff jumps, swimming, and easy climbing, this activity has been specially designed for those seeking thrilling emotions while appreciating the scenery in a lighter and more accessible manner.
Come and have a great time with Vertente Natural, the pioneer of this activity in Portugal since 2008, ensuring your safety and enjoyment.
ℹ️ Practical Information:
- Swimming proficiency is mandatory!
- Limited groups for an exclusive experience!
- Recommended age for children: > 10 years old.
- Private experience available for groups of 8 participants or more.
- Included: helmet, life jacket, wetsuit, support boat, instructors, and insurance.
- 2 hours starting from €35 per person without transfer – minimum 4 participants.
- 4 hours starting from €65 per person without transfer.
- 5 hours starting from €90 per person with transfer from Lisbon.
4. Scuba Diving Discovery in Arrábida Natural Park – Sesimbra 🤿
Embark on a journey into the fantastic underwater world.
Experiencing scuba diving for yourself means entering a world of incredible landscapes, encounters, and sensations.
Diving in the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, located in Arrábida, one of the richest biodiversity areas in Europe, is an experience you’ll want to share, remember, and repeat.
After this experience, you’ll likely fall in love with this new way of life. So, if you decide to sign up for the Open Water Diver course, we have a surprise for you.
Our guides are highly qualified, with many years of experience, and will lead you on an unforgettable adventure in complete safety – we guarantee supervision by one or more accredited instructors.
Included: Certified instructor, equipment, certificate, boat trip, skipper, insurance.
5. Paragliding Jump 🪂
Accompanied by one of the experienced tandem paragliding instructors with thousands of jumps, you’ll soar over the beaches of the Arrábida Bay or the Atlantic coast for about thirty minutes. The majority of the flight will be filmed, allowing you to leave with your souvenir video.
Since cliff jumps are subject to weather conditions, you can join this WhatsApp group to stay informed about the announced sessions. By joining this group, you’ll also receive a €10 discount.
6. Self-Guided Hiking Trail 🥾
If you enjoy walking and nature and are comfortable with a map, we suggest following this link that offers hiking trails. Perfect if you want to discover the sublime Praia do Cavalo beach, accessible only by sea or on foot. Please note that the path to the beach is steep, and we recommend wearing sturdy shoes. As it is a wild beach, there are no bars or restaurants, so be sure to bring the necessary supplies.
7. 4×4 Excursion, Boat Tour, and Wine Tasting 🍷
A day full of emotions, tastings, and terrestrial and maritime discoveries.
Discover with family, friends, or during a seminar, the most interesting places in the region on a journey through the spectacular landscapes of the natural park and the coast of Arrábida.
Sesimbra Castle, Portinho da Arrábida, and the famous wine cellars of Setúbal are nearby in the comfort of our 4×4 vehicles.
Taste the best wines of the region and venture onto the trails with our guides, specialized in the culture and nature of this territory.
During the boat tour, you will discover the coast, its history, and traditions, and contemplate the natural wonders of the Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, the maritime side of Arrábida, one of Europe’s richest marine ecosystems.
- Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, Arrábida
- Arrábida Natural Park
- Visit to the famous wine cellars of Setúbal**
- Portinho da Arrábida
Note: The 4×4 tour can start/end in Lisbon or Setúbal.
*Lunch not included in the price
**Wine tasting included
8. Dolphin-Watching Cruise ⛵🐬
The Arrábida Bay is home to a community of over thirty dolphins. During sailing or catamaran cruises or small motorboat excursions, we have a 95% chance of observing them. These cruises also provide an opportunity to explore the multitude of beaches and coves along the coast.
A unique experience for memories to cherish. Discover the various offers by visiting our page: “Boat Arrabida.“
We hope that with these activity suggestions in Sesimbra and Arrábida, we have helped you plan a superb day in this unique setting. We also invite you to explore our articles: “A Day in Sesimbra” and “Choice Hotels and Accommodations in Sesimbra”.