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Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

1. Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

Discover the stunning beauty of the Arrábida Natural Park on the Sado River estuary on a full-day sightseeing tour from Lisbon. Following a pick-up from your hotel or apartment, transfer by air-conditioned minivan across the 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril), which spans the Tagus River and sets you on course for the coastal town of Cascais. Relax on the 30-minute journey to Arrábida Natural Park, and then marvel at the abundance of trees and beautiful flora. The 108-acre park is one of 30 nationally protected regions and is home to the famous Convento de Nossa Senhora da Arrábida, a former monastery built in the 16th century. Continue through the park, catching glimpses of the golden sand beaches surrounding the Albufeira Lagoon (Lagoa de Albufeira). Go to Cabo Espichel and hop out to explore the Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel, a pilgrim site since the early 18th century. Stroll to the nearby cliffs for breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to the Setubal Peninsula to explore the quiet fishing town of Sesimbra. Head to the Moorish Castle high above the town, before a break for lunch (own expense), either in Sesimbra or in the nearby bay of Portinho da Arrábida. Your guide will be happy to provide recommendations. If you selected the optional 3-hour dolphin cruise, rendezvous with your guide and transfer to a luxury catamaran. Cruise the serene waters listening to live onboard narration and keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins. Alternatively, bask in the sun at one of Arrábida’s hidden beaches, or taste traditional food and wine at a local cellar. Transfer back to Lisbon for the end of the tour services, enjoying the splendid views along the way.

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Lisbon Coast Guided Kayak Tour

2. Lisbon Coast Guided Kayak Tour

Experience the beautiful coast of Lisbon and see its historic coastal castles by kayak. Learn the basics of paddling and other techniques to make your experience as fun as possible. Paddle from Oeiras Harbor in the western part of the metropolitan area and see some of the most famous beaches, such as Praia de Carcavelos. Marvel at Saint Julian's Fort and the castles of Santo Amora and São João das Maias from the water. Discover the sheltered beach of Praia das Fontainhas along the way. Cool down with a dive in the crystal clear waters. Choose the length of your tour to suit your schedule, subject to the weather conditions, and benefit from the services of experienced guides, certified by the Portuguese Canoe and Kayak Federation.  

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Lisbon: Sintra, Azenhas do Mar and Cascais Day Trip

3. Lisbon: Sintra, Azenhas do Mar and Cascais Day Trip

Marvel at the Moorish castles and fairytales palaces of Sintra on a full-day sightseeing tour from Lisbon. Transfer by air-conditioned minivan to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, and explore the picturesque streets of the bohemian village at its heart. See the ornate Sintra National Palace, along with romantic fountains, churches, chapels, and shrines. Continue to the coastal village of Azenhas do Mar to wander among buildings with tiled façades. Enjoy some beach time at Praia da Maçãs, surrounded by imposing cliffs, golden sands, and clear waters. Discover the saltwater swimming pool loved by the local inhabitants, along with fans of recreational fishing, surfing, paragliding, and kite surfing. Watch the surfers surfing the waves at Praia Grande. Close by is the biggest oceanic saltwater pool in Europe, while on the opposite side there are traces of dinosaur footprints on the cliff. Next, go the most westerly point of continental Europe at Cabo da Roca. Enjoy a fantastic view of the beaches and sea from the cliff top. En route back to Lisbon, discover the unique dunes of Guincho Beach, famous as a sanctuary for surf, windsurf, and kitesurf lovers. Visit the charming town of Cascais, a former fishing village that became a favorite royal retreat. Stroll among the elegant boutiques, restaurants, and hotels.

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Oeiras Coast: Stand Up Paddleboarding near Lisbon

4. Oeiras Coast: Stand Up Paddleboarding near Lisbon

Experience the latest craze in water sports activities and discover what it feels like to stand on water! Take advantage of the Mediterranean climate of the Estoril Coast and get a full workout during an amazing standup paddleboarding session in Oeiras. Bring the family or your friends for a day of fun on the water. Oeiras Marina is the perfect location to learn the basics of standup paddleboarding or develop your endurance for longer paddles with the help of experienced guides. Master fundamental skills such as how to balance on your board, paddle across the sea and steer in the water. Learn how to respond when you fall, and the best recovery techniques!

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Lisbon: Sintra Food Tour and Wine Tasting with Scenic Drive

5. Lisbon: Sintra Food Tour and Wine Tasting with Scenic Drive

Leave the busy city of Lisbon behind as you travel to the quaint village of Sintra for your first tasting. Taste a ‘travesseiro’, a delicious Portuguese sweet made of soft pastry filled with egg and almond cream. Learn about the history of bakeries in Portugal and learn why pastry confectionery is so dear to the Portuguese while you stroll around the beautiful village center. From Sintra, head to Colares, just 8 km away, for a wine tasting at the Adega Regional de Colares. The oldest wine cooperative in the country, the site was founded in 1931 and gathers more than 50% of the total regional production, playing an important role in the local economy. This wine house boasts a dazzling interior due to the sheer number of casks it houses, this is where the aging process takes place. After the wine tasting and sampling, enjoy a guided tour of the site to see the process of winemaking, learn about its history, and discover how these wines have their distinctive flavor. After Colares, it's time to stop by a local restaurant to recharge your batteries and dine on a delicious Portuguese meal. Next, cross the Sintra mountains all the way to the coastline to marvel at the stunning sea views. Enjoy a scenic drive along the waterfront and past the village of Azenhas do Mar, and the beach and surf destination of Guincho. Finally, observe some local shellfish nurseries before heading for one final tasting in the Cascais Bay Area.

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Lisbon: Afternoon Sintra-Cascais Private Tour

6. Lisbon: Afternoon Sintra-Cascais Private Tour

Meet your driver/guide at your hotel or B&B in Lisbon and enjoy the ride to the beach and fishing village of Cascais where you'll have a chance explore the town on your own for one hour. Then you'll head for Cabo da Roca, the most western point of the European continent. Along the way, marvel at the beautiful landscape and ocean views. At the "End of the World" you'll have time to enjoy the views and take some photographs. Next, continue your drive through the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park to Sintra. Here you'll have time to explore the picturesque old town and marvel at the extravagant palaces, ancient castles, and beautiful gardens. Don't forget to try some of the delectable local pastries. Finally, visit Pena Palace with your guide. You'll learn about the colorful palace that was made by an artist king, who spared no effort or money, to please his wife, the ruling queen. Your guide will be sure to point out the best spots to admire the magnificent views. After your visit to the palace, relax and enjoy the ride back to Lisbon and your hotel.

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What people are saying about Cascais

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 155 reviews

Our session was a wonderful experience! We felt very secure but enterntained in the same time! Lukas made great atmosphere and taught us a lot even though it was our first SUP ever! Also, you can really experience the tour since there is no rush. Highly, highly recommend :)

We had a beautiful trip with Annabelle of BORK kayaking where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic. Would highly recommend this activity even if you have no experience. While it was a little windy we felt comfortable and safe all the time. Loved it!

joão was such an amazing, knowledgeable and lovely Tour Guide! loved every minute of the Tour and felt very safe! the Tour has been the Highlight of our vacation

it was a great experience, beautiful views, very funny & nice guides!! booking again soon!

Lovley afternoon kayaking with knowledgeable guide.