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Lisbon Coast Guided Kayak Tour

1. 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.  

Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

2. Lisbon: Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Day Trip

Discover Arrabida Natural Park and Sesimbra on a Day Trip from Lisbon. Learn about the history of the region from your expert guide, admire the beauty of the coastline, and visit a Moorish castle, lunch on fresh fish and swim at a hidden beach. Meet your 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). Drive for about 40 minutes and arrive at the stunningly green Arrábida Natural Park. Enter the park while learning from your 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. 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 views over the Atlantic Ocean. 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 your 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 harbor. Continue by a curvy seaside road, admiring the gorgeous beaches of Arrábida, to Setúbal, where you'll visit the Casa da Baía Center, a 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 swimming 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.

Oeiras Coast: Stand Up Paddleboarding near Lisbon

3. 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!

From Lisbon: Day Trip to Cascais, Cabo da Roca, and Azenhas

4. From Lisbon: Day Trip to Cascais, Cabo da Roca, and Azenhas

Travel along the coast in style in a convertible on this day trip from Lisbon. Take in dynamic coastal landscapes as you drive to the towns of Estoril, Cascais, and Azenhas. Have coffee, bottled water, and snacks on your tour. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Lisbon. Stop at the Tagus River in Lisbon to capture photos of the Belem fortifications. Sit back and relax on the drive to Estoril where you cans see the Hotel Palacio & Casino which was featured in the 007 novel 'Casino Royale.'  Continue to Cascais where you can take a stroll on the promenade before stopping for a cup of coffee. Walk to the Boca da Inferno sea arch, or choose to have some time to peruse the local shops. Pass through Guincho and drive up into the hills for stunning views of the coast below. Capture pictures of the westernmost point in mainland Europe at Cabo da Roca. Go to a restaurant with a view where you can purchase a delicious lunch. After lunch, drive to Praia das Maçãs (Apple beach). Go for a walk on the sand and admire the river that flows into the sea. Finish your tour in town of Azenhas where you can visit the the dunes and spend some time in the shops. Return to your accommodation in Lisbon.

Sintra and Cascais Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

5. Sintra and Cascais Full-Day Private Tour from Lisbon

Depart Lisbon and drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sintra. Upon arrival, explore the enchanting village to discover why it was favored by royalty as a place of retreat in former times. Marvel at the 19th-century romantic architecture and see the pastel-colored castles and palaces in the village and forested hills. Venture off the typical tourist routes, and get stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean from the westernmost point of continental Europe at Cabo da Roca. Head to the traditional fishing village of Cascais, known for its sandy beaches, busy marina and medieval Nossa Senhora da Luz Fort. Follow in the footsteps of royalty as you visit sites of historic importance in the pedestrianized old town and experience the lively ambiance of the waterfront. Stop to taste some authentic Portuguese food along the way before the return drive to Lisbon.

From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Pena Palace Tour

6. From Lisbon: Sintra, Cabo da Roca & Pena Palace Tour

Set off with us from Lisbon to the famous town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and admire its romantic architecture, historic mansions and villas, and its many royal palaces and castles. Enjoy the flexibility of being able to choose different options based on your interests: include an entrance fee and a tour of the picturesque Pena Palace in the excursion, or enjoy additional free time to visit the Quinta da Regaleira. We will leave from the Dos Restauradores square at h. 09:30 . Our meeting point will be in front of Padaria Portuguesa. We will arrive in Sintra early, after about 25 minutes, depending on traffic, so you can avoid long queues if you decide to join a fully guided tour of the palace to admire its luxurious interiors and lush gardens. Marvel at the building's fairytale-like appearance, stunning facade and extravagant interior, we recommend including your Pena Palace ticket for entry. We will then reach the center of Sintra after the visit and we will have 1 hour and 30 minutes of free time to explore the town independently. Get recommendations from your guide about the city's must-see spots and the best restaurant choices to enjoy delicious traditional Portuguese food. For those who want can visit the Quinta da Regaleira independently. At h. 14:30 We will continue to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of the European continent, and observe the splendid panorama of the ocean and the waves crashing against the high rocky cliffs. If the weather permits, we can stop at Guincho beach, whose strong winds and high tides have made it a popular destination for surfers. We will visit Cascais, an elegant seaside resort on the Portuguese Riviera. Take a stroll through the atmospheric town center and don't miss the luxurious marina, the charming fishing port and a restored fort which houses many local artisans. After free time to explore Cascais, you can then relax in the air-conditioned vehicle and admire the spectacular views of the Portuguese coast on the return journey to Lisbon.

Private Full-Day Tour of Sintra, Cascais, and Lisbon

7. Private Full-Day Tour of Sintra, Cascais, and Lisbon

Visit historical center of Sintra, once the hunting residence of the Portuguese kings and now an important cultural heritage site. This tour takes you along to Cabo de Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Europe, where you will have the opportunity to take some photos before continuing on to Cascais and Estoril, Lisbon's trendy seaside resorts. On this panoramic tour, you will explore some of the picturesque districts of Lisbon, such as Baixa, the city's downtown, Rossio Square, and drive from there to Comércio Square. Visit the Hieronymites Monastery - see the church and take the opportunity to get a closer look at the cloister. You will then visit Belém Tower, Lisbon's famous landmark located on the Tagus River. There, you can see a copy of the airplane that the Portuguese pilots Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral rode in for the first aerial crossing of the South Atlantic in 1922. The final highlight on this tour is the Monument to the Discoveries, a 60-meter monument built in 1960. There, you can admire over 30 statues that were erected in honor of Portuguese navigators. Admire the world map and the marble compass rose - a gift from the Republic of South Africa.

From Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra & West Coast Private Tour

8. From Lisbon: Full-Day Sintra & West Coast Private Tour

Lord Byron said that Sintra “is a glorious Eden.” Since the conquest of the first king of Portugal, Sintra became a charming place frequented by royalty and the aristocracy. Sintra is known as well for its unique natural park and mystic atmosphere. Join this tour and discover the royal and aristocratic palaces of Pena or Regaleira and get to know their fantastic, mystical and forbidden love stories. Then travel to the most western point of Europe and admire the great ocean the Portuguese call “the Portuguese Sea.” Afterwards, visit two other charming and exclusive places, Cascais and Estoril. They were the first beaches frequented by the last kings of Portugal. With the Second World War, they were chosed by royal families such as the Italian and Spanish royal family, as a place of exile.

Lisbon: Sintra Palaces, Cascais Bay, and Estoril Tour

9. Lisbon: Sintra Palaces, Cascais Bay, and Estoril Tour

Famous for its incredible array of palaces, Sintra steals the hearts of all those who travel there. On this full day private tour, take your pick of which palaces to visit with the help of your experienced local guide. From the beautiful Romantic Pena Palace, the Morrish Castle and the Masonic Regaleira, you’ll be absolutely spoilt for royal choice! Definitely not one to miss is the incredible ‘Portugese Versailles’. Or, will you choose the Queluz Palace, home to the Portuguese Royal Family back in 1755 before their earthquake escape to Brazil. One of the most beautiful palaces, Quelez is known for its Rococo style, gardens, and terraces. After the palaces, travel to the center of Sintra to visit and learn all about the area’s historical monuments and interesting tourist attractions. Next, head to Cabo da Roca, the most western point in Europe where the land ends and the vast sea opens up. Marvel at the stunning ocean views and then travel to the ‘Mouth of Hell’, where the waves hit the rocks with frightening force, and years of erosion have left vast cavities in the limestone. Now it's time to explore Cascais Bay, a wide beach nestled amongst picturesque streets full of fish restaurants caught fresh by the village fishermen. Sat between the bay and the Sintra mountain range, Cascais was the vacation hotspot for Portugese royalty in the 19th century. On the return to Lisbon, journey along the coast of Estoril, famous for its Casino, the inspiration of Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel ‘Casino Royale’.

Lisbon and Fatima Sanctuary Full-Day Private Tour

10. Lisbon and Fatima Sanctuary Full-Day Private Tour

Following a pick-up at your hotel in Lisbon or Cascais (optional), drive to the Fatima Sanctuary where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared before 3 peasant children. Your guide will explain the history behind the story of Our Lady of Fatima, and the appearance of the Virgin Mary in 1917. Enjoy some free time to discover the sanctuary and its sights, such as the sheer white basilica built-in 1953. See supplicants in the chapel that is the main focus of the Catholic devotion, and marvel at the marble path worn smooth by pilgrims. There will be time to attend mass for those who choose to. After lunch, return to the Portuguese capital and discover the highlights of Lisbon. Go to the historic neighborhood of Belem to see the monuments to Portugal’s “Age of Discoveries” such as the Torre Belem (Belem Tower), the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) on the edge of the Tagus River, and the elaborate Jerónimos Monastery at Santa Maria de Belém. Continue to Lisbon city center to see some of its stunning Pombaline squares, such as the Praça de D. Pedro IV (Rossio Square) and Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square). Explore the narrow streets of the Alfama district, and see the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major, better known as Lisbon Cathedral.

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4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Iain was very accommodating. Picked us up close to our apartment and off we went. It’s a beautiful drive down the coast. Made several stops along the way w breathtaking views. Lunch was at an amazing restaurant. So nice to see a different part of Portugal.

A beautiful day in the company of Gil, our guide for the day, who shared his knowledge of all the places he showed us. Gil respected the program while surprising us. He adapted to our pace and it was very pleasant.

Absolutely wonderful time with Luis Miguel! He showed me everything I wanted to see which included things off the beaten path.

A beautiful tour of the park and various historic sites. The guide, Gil, was excellent and fun.

lovely staff and guide, very enjoyable kayak along coast.