Sesimbra, Portugal, is blessed with one of the most beautiful coastlines of Europe. With stunning beaches and impressive cliffs, Sesimbra is a very popular beach town near Lisbon. If you’re on holidays in Lisbon, Sesimbra is the ideal day trip to enjoy some of the best nature of Portugal. Today we’ll share the best things to do in Sesimbra, Portugal.
From Lisbon, the best way to reach Sesimbra is by rental car (less than 30-minutes drive). Having a rental car also gives you more freedom to explore Sesimbra and its surrounding Natural Park. By car, you’ll be more mobile to optimize your stay and do the best of the things to do in Sesimbra.
The beaches of the Arrábida National Park are considered as some of Portugal’s finest beaches. The Praia da Figueirinha has light blue crystal clear waters and the soft white sandy beaches contrast to the tree covered hills of the national park of Arrábida, Portugal. That’s why most of the things to do in Sesimbra, Portugal, are activities related to the ocean and nature.
Part of the National Park of Arrábida, Portugal, is also the Marine Park Professor Luiz Saldanha. This marine reserve was created 18 years ago to protect more than 1,500 species of plants and animals that it’s home to. In April 2016, the Marine Park Professor Luiz Saldanha was awarded the Prize Mare Natura 2016 for being a “success” in protecting marine life. Fortunately, there are many activities in Sesimbra to discover this Natural Park.
The jury recognized the marine park as an “example of excellence in terms of conservation and management of a protected marine park” according to a statement from the consultancy company PwC Portugal (member of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited), the entity that organized this award.
With its 52 square kilometres, the marine park of Sesimbra, Portugal, protects “this privileged place for the birth, growth and shelter for many species of fish”. In fact, the marine park focuses on monitoring and controlling fishing and recreational activities.
Miguel Marques, chair of the jury claims that “The efforts of increasing sustainability have not caused significant losses in the profitability of fishing nor recreational activities. In fact, the region has become more attractive for nature tourism, being a winning bet and an example in the region and country”.
In fact, there are many sustainable and fun ways to discover Sesimbra’s wide sandy bays and steep cliffs. The following are some of the best activities in Sesimbra.
What to do in Sesimbra
Coasteering is for adventurers who love adrenaline and the ocean. Coasteering in Sesimbra consists in progressing along the coast in between the Atlantic and a rocky shore. Coasteering involves climbing, doing rappel, swimming, jumping from cliffs and walking a bit too.
The activity is guided by local guides who are experts in coasteering and is supported by a boat. Coasteering is the most intimate way to discover the nature of the Portuguese coastline. If you’d like to explore scenarios and corners that would otherwise be impossible to dazzle, coasteering is for you. For adventurers, coasteering is surely one of the most exciting activities in Sesimbra.
A canoe is also a very environmentally friendly and fun way to explore the amazing and diverse natural beauty of Sesimbra. Canoeing in Sesimbra enables you to be in perfect harmony with nature as you’ll be in close contact with the surroundings. You’ll be canoeing through the Marine Park of Luís Saldanha, rowing by some of the most striking marine cliffs of Europe. The canoeing tour in Sesimbra is suitable for all ages and levels of experience.
If you’re looking for a sporty and active way to discover the natural beauty of Sesimbra, Portugal, canoeing is one of the best things to do in Sesimbra.
If you prefer, you can also explore Sesimbra’s wide sandy bay and steep cliffs in a more comfortable and relaxed way: by boat, namely a rigid inflatable boat. The boat tour in Sesimbra will also pass through the Luíz Saldanha Marine Reserve. Bring your camera and take some breath-taking pictures of the natural environment that will surely amaze you. The clear blue waters of the Atlantic will invite you for a dive if you’re getting too warm.
For those who search for a more comfortable manner to explore Sesimbra, this boat tour is one of the best things to do in Sesimbra, Portugal.
The Marine Park of Luís Saldanha is home to more than 1500 species of marine flora and fauna. Among the fauna, we can also find dolphins, more precisely common dolphins. In fact, there are several pods of common dolphins who visit the waters Sesimbra often to feed themselves. On the dolphin watching boat tour in Sesimbra, while enjoying the spectacular sights of characteristic coastline, we’ll look for dolphins.
We’ll go to the places where we find dolphins more frequently. On the dolphin watching boat tours in Sesimbra, as we’re dealing with wild animals, we can never guarantee we’ll find them. The experienced crew spots dolphins on the majority of the trips but it’s always an adventure. The dolphin watching boat tours in Sesimbra is always worth it as the boat ride itself is spectacular and the sights of the white beaches and impressive cliffs backed by the green natural park are breath-taking.
Dolphin watching in Sesimbra is one of the most popular activities in Sesimbra, Portugal. As such, we recommend you to book as far as possible in advance to avoid the disappointment of a fully booked tour.
We’d be happy to help you plan your holidays to Sesimbra, Portugal, or other destinations in Portugal, so let us know if we can somehow support you in your holiday planning to Sesimbra or Portugal in general.
Enjoy Sesimbra, one of the places where you can best enjoy the Nature of Portugal!