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Palmela Castle (Castelo de Palmela) Tours

Palmela Castle (Castelo de Palmela)
Sitting atop Portugal’s Serra da Arrábida with views over the Tagus and Sado estuaries, Palmela Castle (Castelo de Palmela) has been a strategic vantage point and military stronghold since the Moors occupied the land. The structure was converted into a monastery in 1423, which was crucial in preserving the structure that we see today.

The Basics
Palmela Castle, recognized as a national monument, features four towers, the Igreja de Santiago, a museum, and the castle itself. Enjoy panoramic views of the Arrábida hills from the castle or from the old convent wing, which has been transformed into a 4-star hotel. Tours to Palmela Castle generally explore the Setubal area including Arrábida National Park and Azeitão. Many wine tours also venture here, as it is in the heart of one of Portugal’s richest wine regions.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Palmela Castle is a must-visit for fans of Portuguese history.
  • There is no admission fee to explore the castle, as it is now part of the hotel complex, though a small entrance fee is required to visit the Igreja de Santiago.
  • While the parking area and surrounding grounds are flat, the castle is not accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Palmela Castle is located 26 miles (42 kilometers) south of Lisbon’s city center and 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) north of Setubal. As there is no public transport, the best way to reach the castle is with a prebooked tour or by car. If driving, follow the narrow roads leading up from the town of Palmela.

When to Get There
Palmela Castle is most enjoyable on a clear day with little to no wind, due to its higher altitude and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors generally spend about 1.5 to 2 hours exploring the castle and generally combine it with a trip to the quaint town of Palmela below.

The Setubal Wine Region
Palmela Castle is located in the heart of the abundant Setubal wine region, famous for its periquita grape variety. Sweet Moscatel de Setubal wines come from this region and are grown on the slopes of the Serra da Arrabida. There are two DOCs from this region: Setubal, which is sweet and fortified; and Palmela, which is mainly red and complex.
Address: Castelo de Palmela, Palmela, Alentejo 2950-317, Portugal
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Arrabida and Sesimbra Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

Arrabida and Sesimbra Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

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Taste the finer sides of Arrabida and Sesimbra during this small-group guided day trip from Lisbon. Traverse over the Tagus River via Europe’s longest bridge, the Vasco da Gama Bridge. Learn about the history of the magnanimous Palmela Castle. Nearby taste four delectable wines at an authentic Portuguese winery. Then, stretch your legs for some leisure time at Portinho da Arrabida Beach and meander the fishing town of Sesimbra. Drive on to Arrabida Natural Park and explore the stunning beauty of the Atlantic coast as you savor spectacular views. Keep the wine flowing with two more wine tastes at Casa Museu Jose Maria da Fonseca, one of Portugal’s oldest wineries. This tour offers an immersive experience of Portugal with a small group to ensure a quality experience.
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  • 8 hours
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Arrabida Natural Park with Wine Tasting Private Day Trip from Lisbon

Arrabida Natural Park with Wine Tasting Private Day Trip from Lisbon

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Treasure coastal views of the Atlantic and Tagus River waterfronts on this full-day private tour of Azeitão and Arrábida Natural Park from Lisbon. Voyage to Sesimbra and Palmela and see a pair of medieval castles that exhibit a perfect example of Manueline style architecture. You will break for a delectable wine-tasting at a renowned winery in Azeitão and then traverse the landscape to the stunning vantage points of the Arrábida mountain cliffs and Cristo Rei monument. Plus, savor a hearty lunch in Setúbal and enjoy the Cape Espichel along with the quaint town of Sesimbra.
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  • 7 hours
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$189.21
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$189.21
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Christ the King and Arrábida Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon

Christ the King and Arrábida Small-Group Tour with Wine Tasting from Lisbon

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Discover Lisbon’s architectural highlights and culinary delights on a full-day trip to Arrábida and Cristo Rei from Lisbon. First, head to the Cristo Rei monument to admire panoramic vistas of Lisbon and learn of the landmark’s history. In Azeitão, sample fine wine and cheese; explore the pristine beaches of Arrábida Natural Park; and visit the ancient Palmela Castle on your return to Lisbon. On this small-group tour—limited to 15 people—receive personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 8 hours
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$56.77
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Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Private Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

Arrábida Natural Park and Sesimbra Private Tour from Lisbon with Wine Tasting

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Ideal for those wishing to escape the metropolitan buzz of Lisbon, this private 8-hour tour of Arrabida National Park and Sesimbra takes you to some of Portugal’s most striking landscapes. In a private, air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll travel with ease to Palmela, famed for its 12th-century Moorish castle, and Arrábida Natural Park, peppered with pristine beaches, clifftop lookout points, and quaint fishing villages. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Lisbon are included on this private tour.
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  • 8 hours
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The Nature Park of Arrábida - Electric Bike Tour

The Nature Park of Arrábida - Electric Bike Tour

Spend a day in the great outdoors on this action-packed electric bike tour. You won’t have to worry about bringing any cycling gear with you as bike and helmet rental is included. This tour will help you see multiple scenic Portugal landmarks in a day. You’ll catch a ferry to Cacilheiro, a train to Palmela, and explore beautiful rural areas on your electric bike. Highlights include the Castle of Palmela, and Arrabida Nature Park. When you’ve worked up an appetite, a delicious fish lunch is included.
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  • 8 hours
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Arrábida Palmela Azeitão (Wine and Tapas) Private Tour

Arrábida Palmela Azeitão (Wine and Tapas) Private Tour

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Immerse yourself in Portugal’s beauty—and discover its culture, history, artistic heritage and delicious delights—on this full-day, private tour from Lisbon. Meet in the morning at your hotel, hop aboard your private Land Rover, and cross the Vasco da Gama Bridge—one of the longest in Europe. You’ll explore the ancient fortress of Palmela, will discover the region’s vineyards, will see landmarks like the Serra da Arrabidá mountain, will visit a local tile factory, and more. At day’s end, return to Lisbon.
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  • 8 hours
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$266.42
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Lisbon&Sintra Countryside

Lisbon&Sintra Countryside

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If you’ve ticked off the sights in Lisbon centre, go further afield on a full-day tour to Arrabida National Park, a coastal stretch famed for its Mediterranean greenery and historic landmarks. Exploring with a guide means you’ll benefit from insider knowledge and travel between dispersed highlights in air-conditioned comfort. Letting someone else drive means you’ll skip the hassle of navigation and have more time to focus on the scenery.
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  • 7 hours
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$79.80
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Lisbon & The South Side Wine Regions Private Deluxe Tour

Lisbon & The South Side Wine Regions Private Deluxe Tour

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Save hours researching the best places to visit on the south side of Lisbon, and go on a comprehensive guided tour instead. A private tour has the added perk of giving you the freedom of selecting which region you visit—either Setubal Wine Region and Arrabida Natural Park, or Alentejo Wine Region and Evora Medieval City. Travel between dispersed attractions in a luxury vehicle, and enjoy letting someone else take care of the navigating.
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  • 2 days
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$138.12
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Arrábida Private Tour (Mercedes-Benz E / V Class)

Arrábida Private Tour (Mercedes-Benz E / V Class)

This tour will show you how the Portuguese people were connected to the sea, by visiting some traditional fisherman's village with fresh seafood and some handcrafted artwork. The tour begins with the emblematic Arrábida Nature Park, having a breathtaking scenario of natural beauty and coastal views over the Atlantic Ocean. Next, you will visit the Craft Tile Factory, in Azeitão, where you can find out more about Portuguese ornamental art and ceramic tile work, particularly the Tile, a major feature in the Portuguese culture and architecture. Following to a wine taste in a famous and renowned Cellar known by the Muscat wine, considered to be one of the Portuguese wine treasures. For lunch, we recommend Sesimbra, where you can taste and enjoy a fresh fish straight from the sea. Before returning to Lisbon, you'll visit the Setubal city cultural heritage, namely the Monastery of Jesus of Setubal, the Saint Julian Church and the 16th century fortress of Saint Filipe.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Tour: Arrábida Day Trip from Lisbon Including Wine Tasting

Private Tour: Arrábida Day Trip from Lisbon Including Wine Tasting

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Explore the beautiful Arrábida region on this private, half- or full-day tour from Lisbon. Following pickup from your hotel, you’ll travel by private vehicle into the Portuguese countryside and through the luscious Arrábida Natural Park. Climb a Moorish tower in the tiny town of Palmela; taste local vintages at a family-owned winery; and stop along the way to see the Christ the King (Cristo Rei) monument and more.
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  • 8 hours
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Special Tour Around Lisbon and Shopping Full Day

Special Tour Around Lisbon and Shopping Full Day

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During this tour, we will visit the Bacalhoa Palace where Queen Catarina of Portugal lived, who later married Charles II of England. We visited the Natural Park of Arrábida where James Bonf filmed in 1963. We passed the house where Jackeline Kennedy took refuge after the murder of her husband JFK. We go to the Fish Market in Setubal, which is considered one of the 10 best in the World. We visit the São Filipe Castle in Setubal, which is from the XV Century, we visit the Castle of Palmela which is of the X Century. We ended up shopping at Europe's largest outlet with the best brands.
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  • 10 hours
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Lisbon´s South Sights & Wine Private Tour

Lisbon´s South Sights & Wine Private Tour

Just south of Portugal’s capital is the lush region of Arrabida Natural Park. This UNESCO-listed region is filled with lush landscapes, quaint villages, and historical landmarks perfect for a day trip away from the busy city. Here you have the chance to sample some of the local cuisine (at your own expense) as well as partake in a wine tasting session at one of the region’s top producers.
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  • 8 hours
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$98.22
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Wine Tasting & Arrabida Region, Private Tour, Full Day

Wine Tasting & Arrabida Region, Private Tour, Full Day

Do good by supporting this coastal community. Wine, gastronomy and nature make this a relaxing and mellow way to spend your day. A region of immense beauty just south of Lisbon, the Serra da Arrabida mountain range is where you are headed. Experience ancient castles, secluded beaches, amazing views and premium wines at a beautiful, historical winery. Very much a ´slow travel´ tour so you can enjoy the region at a slow pace, whilst supporting local businesses. Highlights - Enjoy the dramatic mountain range of Serra da Arrabida - Enjoy a guided tour and wine tasting at a prestigious, local winery - Learn some Portuguese history and heritage - Discover the picturesque fishing town of Sesimbra - Visit an ancient fort in Setubal and a castle in Palmela
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  • 9 hours
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$171.89
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Arrábida Mountain, Setúbal and winery

Arrábida Mountain, Setúbal and winery

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Go on a day tour from Lisbon that offers you the opportunity to discover the breathtaking views of Arrábida Mountain. Travel along cliffs and idyllic beaches, through interesting fishing villages and enjoy a visit to a winnery (included in the price).
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  • 9 hours
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$171.89
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Safe Private Tour - Three Castles Setúbal, Palmela & Sesimbra

Safe Private Tour - Three Castles Setúbal, Palmela & Sesimbra

On this tour, we will drive to the villages of Arrabida's three castles: Palmela, Sesimbra e Setúbal. All set in strategic geographic points that have been key to the region's importance and the country's progress through the ages. The majestic fortification compounds are crucial historical sites and magical sightseeing locations. We'll have time to see other local interesting places and savor the region's most exquisite gastronomy made famous by fresh fish and seafood, wine, cheese and pastry. We are a small, locally owned Portuguese tour company endeavouring to drive you in intimate and selected journeys. The five human senses are the inspiration behind our authentic and unique experiences. Expect, while exploring Portugal with us, to discover more about yourself through your feelings. The enjoyment you’ll experience will trigger your emotions and create precious memories which will travel with you throughout time.
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  • 8 to 9 minutes
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$226.13
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$226.13
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Safe Private Tour - Three Castle: Setúbal, Palmela & Sesimbra

Safe Private Tour - Three Castle: Setúbal, Palmela & Sesimbra

On this tour, we will drive to the villages of Arrabida's three castles: Palmela, Sesimbra e Setúbal. All set in strategic geographic points that have been key to the region's importance and the country's progress through the ages. The majestic fortification compounds are crucial historical sites and magical sightseeing locations. We'll have time to see other local interesting places and savor the region's most exquisite gastronomy made famous by fresh fish and seafood, wine, cheese and pastry. We are a small, locally owned Portuguese tour company endeavouring to drive you in intimate and selected journeys. The five human senses are the inspiration behind our authentic and unique experiences. Expect, while exploring Portugal with us, to discover more about yourself through your feelings. The enjoyment you’ll experience will trigger your emotions and create precious memories which will travel with you throughout time.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$226.13
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$226.13
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Arrabida Natural Park & Wine Region Small Group Tour

Arrabida Natural Park & Wine Region Small Group Tour

Near Lisbon you can discover one of the most remarkable natural sight of Portugal world heritage considered by UNESCO, the Arrabida Natural Park. Travel with us, through the 25th April Bridge, find historical monuments and magical places with breath taking views of seas and mountains. Take a break and visit a sunny fisherman village embedded on the mountains. Here, you will be given the opportunity to taste the fresh flavours of the Portuguese fish-based Gastronomy. Get he opportunity to enjoy a wine tasting session in one of the richest wineries in Portugal, Setúbal Region. Get mesmerised with the beautiful landscapes and historical monuments.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$67.53
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$67.53

Christ the King / Sesimbra / Arrabida

Christ the King / Sesimbra / Arrabida

In this Tour just you and your friends or family will enjoy this magnificent day through the mountains and park of Arrabida. Sesimbra and wine tasting at herdade da bacalhoa. Book your group tour now
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$168.19
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$168.19
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Family Private Pack Discover Portugal with Hotel Including 4* Stars

Family Private Pack Discover Portugal with Hotel Including 4* Stars

Discover the wonders of Central Portugal on this extensive guided tour. You won’t have to worry about booking accommodation or transport, as everything is organized for you. Enjoy the ultimate stress-free tour with a guide to take you on a variety of gastronomic, and cultural experiences. From a wine tour, to Palmela’s Castle, to Setúbal, and Azeitão. You’ll make the most of your trip and see Lisbon highlights, as well as smaller villages from a local’s perspective.
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  • 8 days
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$1,892.09
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$1,892.09
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Discover Portugal 6 days 5 night / Programa à Descoberta de Portugal 6 days

Discover Portugal 6 days 5 night / Programa à Descoberta de Portugal 6 days

Dia 1- Chegada a Lisboa, Transfere e hospedagem em Setúbal Hotel Rio. e tradicional almoço ou jantar Dia 2 - Wine Tour (Adega JM da Fonseca - Fábrica de Telhas - Castelo de Palmela). Dia 3 - Tour de Setúbal (Mercado de Peixe / Praias da Arrábida / Castelo de Sesimbra). Dia 4 - Dia livre para visitar Setúbal ou a cidade de Shoop FreePort Outlet. Dia 5 - Tour Tradicional de Lisboa. Dia 6 - Transfer Hotel Setúbal - Aeroporto. Noite Extra do Fado em Lisboa
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  • 6 days
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$1,480.03
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$1,480.03
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Van Private Tour Arrábida Wine Tour

Van Private Tour Arrábida Wine Tour

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Start the tour admiring the Tagus river bay while crossing the Vasco da Gama bridge, one of the longest in Europe (117.185 m). At Palmela climb to the medieval castle to enjoy the breathtaking view and then, down to the village historic centre, taste the Setúbal Moscatel, which is one of the Portuguese wine treasures. Relax for lunch in the fishing town of Setúbal or at Sesimbra beach, where the local gastronomy, especially the fresh fish, is superb. After lunch, go to the highest point of Arrábida Natural Park to enjoy the magnificent scenery and paradisiac views over the green mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Then go to Azeitão where you will visit one of the oldest wineries in the region (Casa Museu José Maria da Fonseca) and enjoy another wine tasting. The local sweets and cheese are also a must. Finally, stop at the Cristo Rei to enjoy the view over the city of Lisbon, before returning to Lisbon, crossing the 25 de Abril suspension bridge.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.61
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$94.61
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Wine Tour Discover the history and flavors of the best winery's of Lisbon Region

Wine Tour Discover the history and flavors of the best winery's of Lisbon Region

Setúbal, Azeitão, Palmela are in the best  Wine Tour region of Portugal is the moment where you will be able to visit and taste amazing wineries, some of them with almost 200 years. With departure from Lisbon we will cross 25 April Bridge to south. You will visit a fantastic tiles handmade factory where you will learn about the process and their work .  Besides the winery with tasting included, we will also visit the famous Palmela Castle where you will be able to take amazing pictures from the landscape seeing Tróia, Lisbon and a vast area of the Setúbal region .  We still have time to another stop, before the returning to where we started our tour, where we will taste more local wines .  come with us and have a fantastic day full of history and flavors, you will not forget in your life
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$251.25
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$251.25
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Private Tour Arrábida Sesimbra With Wine tasting

Private Tour Arrábida Sesimbra With Wine tasting

Palmela Castle Pousada - Inside the walled area of the Palmela Castle, Donated by D. Sancho I in the century XV to the military Order of Santiago. Quinta da Bacalhoa - Considered the most beautiful farmhouse from the first half of the fifteenth century still exists in Portugal, Moscatel Wine Tasting - Moscatel is the name given to a group of very sweet grape varieties. Arrábida Hill - The Originality of the landscape is due not only to its natural but also to the remote humanization features of these spaces, which generally developed in harmony with the natural environment . Sesimbra - Clearly has the charm of a land of people of the sea. A stroll through the narrow and steep streets allows us to observe the decorations of the houses related to the sea. Cabo Espichel – “Espichel” cape is in the extreme southwestern of Setúbal near Sesimbra. The beauty of the landscape stands out on this cape. The Lighthouse and the “Our Lady” Shrine.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$184.16
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$184.16
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Paradise Beach - History, Seafood & Wine

Paradise Beach - History, Seafood & Wine

I'll meet you in Lisbon where I will pick you up in my Renault Espace 7. All aboard, just enjoy the ride while I take you to our first stop - the Castel of Palmela! After our visit to this historical landmark, we’ll stop for lunch in the seatown of Setubal where you’ll be able to try some fresh grilled fish. After eating and drinking like true locals, we’ll walk around the center of Setubal where I’ll show you some of my favourite spots. Back in our magic minivan, we’ll hit the road and drive through the breath-taking coastline of Serra da Arrabida. Bring a swimsuit as you’ll have some free time to dive into the crystal-clear waters or do some water sports if you want to! There’s no better way to end the day than with a local cheese and wine tasting in one of Arrabidas most beautiful viewpoints. I'll prepare some nice traditional treats for you, while you sit and enjoy the scenery! Last but not least… we’ll drop you off at your accommodation! A guaranteed fun experience for all!
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$74.01
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