The Arrábida region is a surprise to all those who visit. After crossing the Tagus and before reaching the River Sado, the hills, sea and land come together. In these three magical and enchanting places where history appears in the stones and the quality of life floats in the air. What to plan for your day here? We think Arrabida hikes and wine are what it is all about:
- See one of the loveliest beaches in Portugal and the fort by Portinho da Arrábida beach which guards it: Arrábida Fort. It’s a breathtaking sight.
- Crossed with trails from hills to secret coves, the Parque Natural da Arrábida represents a peaceful, natural and protected encounter between land and sea.
- Praia do Paraiso, is the last wild beach before Cabo Espichel. It is one of the many incredible spots for snorkelling. You could have a go at scuba diving in Serra da Arrábida.
- There is a 5 km circular walk that you can do near Cabo Espichel. Or you can see dinosaur tracks left in the slate.
- Azeitão is a pretty little town situated on the old Setúbal-Lisbon road at the foot of the Arrábida mountains. Dotted with country palaces, running fountains and narrow alleyways, it is famous for its wines, olives and creamy sheep’s cheese. The cheese is prized as one of the best in the country.
If you don’t think you can make it back to Lisbon after a long day of Arrabida hikes and wine, plan to rent one of the cute villas in the Natural Park overlooking the sea.