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Learn more about Portugal’s History, see nature at its finest and drink some wine
Setúbal is a district near Lisbon where the tour will take place: first in Azeitão, where you’ll get to learn more about wine and get a taste of it; then you’ll head out to Sesimbra, a fishing village known for its gorgeous beaches and its castle; and Espichel Cape also stands in line. Lastly, you’ll arrive at the magnificent Arrábida Natural Park, where you’ll find the Nossa Senhora da Arrábida Convent, a hidden beauty amidst the heavy vegetation of the mountains, and Portinho de Arrábida, a cute little village with one of the greenest beaches in Portugal: surrounded by the mountains, you’ll get to take a dip in the infinite sea.
And while you’re there, don’t forget to hop on a boat and go watch the dolphins. This is the only site in Portugal mainland where you can find this animal. Between dolphin watching and cave tours, there are many options available.
The tour then continues with a visit to two famous brands of Portuguese wine: José Maria Fonseca and Bacalhôa. The Portuguese people are truly great fans of a nice glass of wine, so naturally we included a stop at this famous brands’ cellars. There you’ll get a chance to be informed on how the wine is made and give it a little taste after.
Important information: The tour includes 1 hour for a lunch break, but if you don’t wish to stop and have lunch by 4 pm you’ll be all ready to go!
Your address in Lisbon district, Hotel, Cruise Ship , Airport.
5:00 in the afternoon.
With our full-day private tour, you will see:
At Azeitão, on the southern bank of Lisbon. Here we have the House-Museum of José Maria da Fonseca, a famous brand of Portuguese wine. You’ll visit the house where the brand was first developed in 1834 and get a glimpse of the family’s values that passed from generation to generation and that make this a family business with the same values as before.
Aside from that, you’ll be presented with an unparalleled wine and food tasting, all the while getting to know the history and the essence of this ancient wine, including the famous Moscatel, which is made from muscat grapes. This experience will be a unique feast for your eyes and palate.
Here’s another option regarding the winemaking and tasting. Also in Azeitão, we have Quinta da Bacalhõa Palace and Cellar. You can visit both and discover a privileged and prolific landscape that has produced some of the most tasteful wines of the region: red, white and Moscatel.. Take a stroll through the gardens, the vineyards and walk up to the house on the lake, where you can find the first dated tile in Portugal.
The Espichel Cape is absolutely breathtaking in all its glory. Its huge rock formation along with the immensity of the sea will leave you sighing. This is a wild place with scarce vegetation, which is strongly exposed to the winds, so few birds nest here. Nonetheless, this is a crossing point for many migratory birds.
You’ll find here the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Cabo, also known as Nossa Senhora de Pedra Mua. One legend has it that the Blessed Mother climbed the cape mounted on her donkey, leaving marks on the rocks. Later on, it was discovered that these tracks belonged to dinosaurs.
The Sesimbra Castle is a National Monument since 1910. Reportedly it was built during the Moorish occupation period. King Sancho I made the decisive conquest of the Castle in 1199. During Middle Ages,it suffered many expansions, in order to enhance its strategic importance in the kingdom’s land and maritime borders.
Visit the Castle that stands high above this charming fishing village!
We recommend to try “The Fialho” Restaurant, the most traditional and renowned restaurant in Évora
A bit of history about this restaurant.
“In 1945 at Travessa dos Mascarenhas, in a corner building on Rua do Calvário, Manuel Fialho found the space he needed to start his project. A single storey house with an open interior, with wine carvings and wooden countertop with zinc plated top. Those who knew the renowned Maitre do Hotel Alentejano said that Manuel went from “horse to donkey”. However, as time went by, Mr Fialho showed that he had conquered the Alentejo. For more sophisticated coffees that were born, its space was always distinguished by those who enjoyed good wines and regional snacks. This, coupled with the owner’s friendliness, has always attracted numerous customers.”
This is a tiny fishing village in the Arrábida Natural Park. Its beach is famous for the fantastic views of both the mountains and the sea. You’ll be baffled by nature at its best, with amazing sights of the Arrábida mountains. Allow yourself a moment of quietness and enjoy this astonishing site.
The Nossa Senhora da Arrábida Convent was built in the 16th century and it’s located amidst the Arrábida Natural Park. The Convent’s 250 000 square meters cover the Old Convent, located on the highest part of the mountains, the New Convent in the middle of the slope, and the Garden and Sanctuary of Bom Jesus. This makes up for a fantastic landscape, which resembles an idyllic scenery of a film.
Amazing tour well organized
Marco was an amazing driver.
He treated us very special and with loads of care. He took care of us the hole trip he does not think if there’s any extra time always think of our safety and making sure that we enjoyed our tour to the very last moment.