We begin this full day private tour with a panoramic view over Lisbon, by crossing the Tagus river bridge. Approaching the countryside, you will see the unique scenery of the area including tree species of pine, eucalyptus and cork trees.
We travel up a hill to visit the XII century castle of Sesimbra, which lies at the foot of the Serra se Arrabida foothills. We pause to enjoy the beautiful view over the ocean, Sesimbra beach, and the fishing town.
We will reach the Espichel cape, a famous tourist attraction known for its breathtaking views atop the cliffs facing the Atlantic. The location is well known for its sanctuary complex built extremely close to the edge of the tall cliffs. We proceed to Azeitao, famous for its wine cellar, and we can stop for a guided visit to this antique muscatel wine producer and enjoy some wine tasting.
Then we can visit a factory of glazed tiles, where we’ll be shown how these tiles are handmade. We then go up to Arrabida mountain, a unique nature reserve on the highest cliffs of the Portuguese coast, providing splendid panoramic views over Lisbon, Setubal, Sado river estuary, and Troia peninsula and the Atlantic.
Arrabida Natural Park is a beautiful protected area covered with pine trees and rich Mediterranean vegetation, including many rare species. Down below, the crystal-clear waters of the sheltered snow white sandy beaches can be seen. This promenade will let us see from the road the old farms, once the dwelling of noblemen from Lisbon.
Next we stop at Setubal, an important fishing harbour, where once again we can watch the typical Portuguese fishing boats receive their catch. On the Rio Sado waterfront are the docks, marina and fishing harbor where brisk auctions take place every morning when the fishermen have unloaded the day’s catch. This town is a nice place to stop for lunch and your guide will suggest you a good restaurant where you can try the local cuisine based on fish and shellfish dishes. In the afternoon we can go up to Sao Filipe Castle (housing today a state inn). Once a 17th century fortress, the Hotel Pousada de Setubal is on a hilltop overlooking the city and river.
Between Setubal and Lisbon we have another castle, Palmela. Located on top of an imposing hill, it affords one of the most impressive panoramic views int he area. Inside the castle there is also a pousada where you may wish to try a glass of the local Palmela wine. Travel back to Lisbon by Vasco da Gama bridge, 12 km long, for another unforgettable view of the city and one of the widest estuaries in the world.