Arrábida Tour - Lux on Wheels

Arrábida Tour

Lisbon – Palmela – Azeitão – Arrábida (Galapos Beach optional) – Setúbal – Sesimbra – Lisbon

Highlights:

  • Palmela Castle
  • Azeitão Craft Tile Factory
  • Wine Tastings (Quinta da Bacalhoa or José Maria da Fonseca Cellar)
  • Arrábida Nature Park

Short Description:

The Arrabida Tour begins with a visit to the village of Palmela. Here you will discover more about the medieval history of Setubal Peninsula and the Palmela Castle conquered by D. Afonso Henriques, in 1147. Next, we will visit the Craft Tile Factory in Azeitão where you will discover more about Portuguese ornamental art and ceramic tile work, particularly the Azulejo, a major feature in the Portuguese culture and architecture. Then we departure to a wine taste in one of two Cellars to be defined (Quinta da Bacalhoa or José Maria da Fonseca). Setubal Peninsula is known for its wine, especially the Moscatel, considered to be one of the Portuguese wine treasures. From here we go to the emblematic Arrábida Nature Park to enjoy a breathtaking scenario of natural beauty and coastal views over the Atlantic Ocean. In Portinho da Arrabida, a piscatory village, you will also visit a beautiful beach considered to be one of Portugal’s natural treasures for its calm bay and transparent waters. We then go to Setubal and visit some of the city’s cultural heritage, namely the Monastery of Jesus of Setúbal, the Saint Julian Church and the 16th-century fortress of Saint Filipe. Lunch will be in Sesimbra where you will have time to enjoy the local gastronomy (especially the fresh sea fish).

Map:

Arrábida Tour Map

Additional Info:

  • Hotel/Apartment Pick Up;
  • Monuments entrance tickets are not included, so you can decide what you want to visit;
  • We selected some of the sites that we consider the best to fulfill your trip expectations, the tours itinerary is flexible, you can change anything or add something you wish to visit;
  • All the cars provide water for our clients;
  • Tour up to 50 people;

Places to see:

Castelo de Palmela (Palmela Castle)

The Palmela Castle it’s a Medieval defense fortress that was home of the warrior monks of the military Order of Santiago da Espada. For centuries they lived there and founded a monastery known for its gothic style. This castle was first conquered in the 12th century by the troops of Afonso Henriques, the first Portuguese king, but was successively conquered and destroyed by the Christians and the Mours until the late 14th century. The castle is situated between the estuaries of the river Tagus and the river Sado, in the Natural Park of Arrabida. On clear days, you can see Lisbon from up of its tower.

Azeitão Craft Tile Factory

In Azeitão, there’s a factory of handmade tiles that maintains the manual manufacturing process, with origins in the 18th century, using a stoneware technique. In this factory you can attend free workshops and learn about the various stages of the manufacturing process. The Azulejo is one of Portugal’s most iconic art processes. You can finish the experience by painting your own tile.

Wine Tasting 

During the tour you will have the opportunity to visit one of two renowned cellars of the region: Quinta da Bacalhoa or José da Maria Fonseca. It’s on you! The Setubal Peninsula its famous for its wines, especially the Moscatel. Several wines and sparkling wines are produced from the Moscatel grapes, always having a sweet savor. In general, they are best served cold and accompany desserts very well.

Arrabida Nature Park and Portinho da Arrabida

The Arrabida Nature Park is located next to the Atlantic Ocean, between Setubal and Sesimbra. Its incomparable natural beauty full of chalk cliffs, green vegetation, breathtaking beaches and ocean coast views makes Arrabida a natural paradise and a national relic. Here you can experiment various radical activities, such as climbing, speleology and diving (these activities should be done by accredited companies). Arrabida is also characterized by its natural beaches with fine sand and transparent waters. In 2010 the beach of Portinho da Arrábida was considered one of the “Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal” in the category Beaches and Cliffs. Its seabed is a nature reserve, being prohibited underwater fishing.

Setubal

The Setúbal peninsula is a true sanctuary of knowledge, culture and gastronomic flavors. The main tourist attractions of this city are the Monastery of Jesus of Setúbal, the Saint Julian Church and the 16th-century fortress of Saint Filipe. The streets of Setubal express everywhere the relationship with the sea. The gastronomy is also a key feature of the region. Some of Portugal’s most known dishes have their origin here such as Fried Calamari and other seafood dishes. In short, the city and the mountains, the river Sado and natural beaches, the historical monuments and gastronomic delights make Setubal one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal.

Sesimbra (Lunch)

With a unique landscape, Sesimbra is famous for its long sandy shores, like Meco Beach, and imposing cliffs (especially the Espichel Cape). This important fishing town is well known by its famous fresh fish and seafood. The octopus rice and the Açorda de Marisco stand out mainly because they are made with fresh fish captured in the sea coasts of Sesimbra. These dishes are most appreciated in Portugal and are a gastronomic symbol of the region.

Cristo Rei (optional)

Finally, on the return to Lisbon, we will visit The Sanctuary of Christ the King, in Almada. This Catholic shrine was inspired by the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, after the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon visited that monument. Commonly known as Cristo Rei, the statue was inaugurated in 1959, during the authoritarian regime of António de Oliveira Salazar. It is said that the monument was erected to express gratitude to God for the fact that the Portuguese were spared the harmful effects of World War II.

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