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Cascais: Sunset Boat Trip with Welcome Drinks

1. Cascais: Sunset Boat Trip with Welcome Drinks

Navigate along the charming coast of Cascais, where you will see all the famous sights from the sea. From the center villa to the classic chateaux and mansion, to the fortress used to protect the coast against pirates a long time ago, to the Casino, as well as other famous 007/ James Bond spots. Then you'll travel toward the open sea to the beautiful cliff of Costa da Guia. Relax and admire the sun "touching" the sea as you sip on a welcome drink.

Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

2. Setubal & Tróia: Sado Estuary Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Depart from Setubal or Tróia onboard a 22-meter long catamaran and go in search of the community of dolphins that inhabit the Sado estuary. Be accompanied by a knowledgeable crew who will use their expertise to locate these playful dolphins in their natural habitat. Learn more about this unique dolphin community, the only one of its kind in Portugal, with your expert guides. Sail through the estuary and admire the beautiful landscapes of the coastline of the Arrábida Natural Park. Keep an eye out for the playful dolphins which have inhabited this part of the coast for generations. Watch the dolphins frolic and play as they swim through the calm waters. Hear more about their feeding habits, breeding and their relationship to humans on an informative and relaxing boat trip.

Setúbal, Portugal: Catamaran Dolphin Watching Tour

3. Setúbal, Portugal: Catamaran Dolphin Watching Tour

Hop aboard for a 3-hour journey and spot dolphins in their natural habitat. Enjoy a welcome drink of moscatel de Setúbal, as start your tour and then journey out to see the dolphins. After spotting the dolphins, you will receive an explanation in Portuguese and English.  Then, make a short stop to swim or snorkel and hear some explanations about the main interest points. Passing by Arrábida Mountain will also offer completely different sights of the region. The catamarans have two underwater rooms that can be used to see the bottom of the sea or you may even see a dolphin from them.

Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

4. Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

Depart from the Marina and search for dolphins in their natural habitat. See bottlenoses dolphins as well as common dolphins in the clear blue waters of the park, without disturbing their natural behaviour.  Observe various forms of wildlife and birds in the park. Swim and sunbathe on some of Portugal's most beautiful beaches, only accessible by sea. Visit caves and rock formations along the entire coastline of the park and hear of the mysterious history during the XVIII century from your local guide.

Lisbon: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

5. Lisbon: 3-Hour Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Admire wild dolphins in their natural habitat on a 3-hour journey around Lisbon's coast aboard a speedboat with a marine biologist and a captain. Relax and enjoy stunning views of Lisbon's main monuments, the Estoril Coast, and Cascais from the Tagus River, all while keeping an eye out for playful dolphins. Explore the open deck while learning about these incredible marine mammals, and how teams in Portugal are preserving their natural habitat.

Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

6. Lisbon: Dolphin Watching in Arrábida Natural Park

This boat tour goes along the coastline in search of dolphins that is possible to find again on the Marine Reserve of Arrábida. The tour will take you to the most known sighting, with a 95% success rate in dolphin sightings. The boats used are powerful semi-inflatable boats with seats and all the comfort and safety for a 3-hour journey. It's always a good experience, that combines the dolphins with a wonderful boat tour on a cost line of calm and pristine waters, that is protected from the north winds by the Arrábida mountain.

Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

7. Sesimbra: Arrábida Natural Park Cabo Espichel Sunset Tour

Set sail from the harbor of Sesimbra and travel towards the famous Ribeiro do Cavalo beach. Enjoy the surrounding landscape and learn about the microclimate of the region from your guide.  Continue sailing westwards, where you will visit the beautiful beaches of Mijona and Inferno. Sail along the shores of the Arrábida Natural Park and visit "Whale Bay" and learn about the history of whale hunting in the region.  Then, sail towards Cabo Espichel and explore the caves and incredible rock formations dotted along the coast. Finally, enjoy a beautiful sunset with a glass of wine on the boat, before returning to Sesimbra.

From Sesimbra: Full-Day Arrábida Culture & Wine Tasting Tour

8. From Sesimbra: Full-Day Arrábida Culture & Wine Tasting Tour

After pickup in Sesimbra you’ll visit the market in Setúbal, considered one of the best markets in the world. Explore the huge variety of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese and regional pastries on offer. Soak up the vibe and history of the city. Continue to the first winery, stopping to take spectacular photos from the Arrábida Natural Park over the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the luxury Quinta da Bacalhoa wine cellars with a local guide, and enjoy a wine tasting of three renowned wines. Your next stop is for lunch in Setúbal, one of the most iconic and picturesque fishing towns in Portugal. Continue to the José Maria da Fonseca winery to tour the cellars, then enjoy a private visit and wine tasting in Azeitão village. Following this, visit the Azulejos de Azeitão tiles factory and watch traditional European methods of tile making. Then take a walk through the medieval castle of Sesimbra. Visit the local church inside the castle, completely adored in azulejos tiles. Finally you’ll visit the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Cabo, a sanctuary that combines a church, a water tower supplied by an aqueduct, and an opera house, with impressive views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Dolphin Tour from Sesimbra

9. Dolphin Tour from Sesimbra

The Sado estuary is the natural habitat of the Bottlenose dolphins (Roazes in Portuguese). Welcomed by the population who feeds and protects them, these marine mammals are especially sociable. They can be observed along the coast of Arrábida all year long. This activity is carried out between Setúbal, Troia and Serra da Arrábida. Swim from the boat supported by the specialized guide on board for unforgettable encounters with the dolphins. They will also teach you about the marine environment and the biodiversity all around you. As you go they will comment on the geology and points of local archaeological importance.

Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching Tour

10. Sesimbra: Dolphin Watching Tour

Visit the dolphins in the wild and the secluded bays of the Arrábida Mountains on this complete experience. Depart from Sesimbra harbor, where a briefing will be held regarding the behavior of the dolphins and what to do when they are spotted and learn the safety rules at sea. Depart towards the Arrabida Marine Park, a maritime reserve where the dolphins swim freely in large numbers all year long. Spot the dolphins and follow them during the period allowed by the maritime park code of conduct for the dolphin watch. The species that exist in the maritime park area: bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic dolphins (100% sightings since 2013) and more rarely orca and pilot whales can be seen. After the dolphin watch, visit the bays and stop for a taste of local Moscato and snorkeling or stand-up paddle in one of the amazing bays of the Arrábida.

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Superb experience! I recommend to all this visit if you want to know a bit more about the culture of this wonderful country! All the places, order and all facts shared were carefully determined with the objective to allow us to deep dive on the past, present and future of Portugal. Our guide was not only a gentleman, but also an inexhaustible source of knowledge and local tips! Wonderful! Thanks!

The most romantic boat trip one could imagine. My husband and I lucked out to be the only guests and had the entire boat to ourselves! The guides were beyond friendly and sweet to us, making sure we feel comfortable and we don’t miss the best views!

Wonderful boat tour, views and atmosphere. Both tour guides were amazing, friendly and shared interesting stories. Seeing the dolphins was the highlight of the tour and the boat tour in general was extraordinary.

Nice boat, nice staff, we all enjoyed the wine, crackers and delicious grapes. Thank you for cutting off the music so I could enjoy the sound of the water :)) It was a very pleasant 2 hours!

Our hosts were fantastic.A great experience overall.