Parque Natural da Arrábida
Hike and/or jog enjoying the views and the quietness of the natural park of the Arrabida, find hidden beaches and coves and bathe in the clean (and somewhat cold) water, or just lie in the sun.
It is a natural reserve located in the Setúbal peninsula, with the highest altitude in Pico do Formosinho, with an altitude of 501 meters. The fauna and flora is quite diverse, with about 1,400 plant species concentrated in this territory, which correspond to 40% of the Portuguese flora and less…
"Located next to the sea, between Setúbal and the fishing town of Sesimbra, Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty, where the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs and the depths of the green vegetation that covers the mountain range".
A beautiful park close to the sea with beaches, mountains and fantastic bike and hiking trails.
“Besides the beautiful views and sunsets, the Sanctuary of Espichel Cape, located at the westernmost point of the coast of Sesimbra, is a unique civil and religious architectural complex, which combines the monumentality of the building with the immateriality of religious devotion. It is composed of the church, hostels, the Ermida da Memória (Memory Hermitage), the Casa da Ópera (Opera House), in ruins, the Hortas dos Peregrinos (Pilgrims’ Vegetable Gardens) , the Casa da Água (Water House) and the aqueduct. The landscape setting of this monument, on a plateau that ends in cliffs onto the sea, makes it monumental.”
“A unique beach in Portugal because it faces the Atlantic Ocean on one side and three lagoons on the other (and is part of a National Ecological Reserve).”
Point of Interest
“Antigo moinho de maré convertido em ponto de informaçao turistica com uma agradável explanada e um bar. A Herdade da Mourisca insere-se no estuário do Sado, numa das zonas húmidas mais importantes para observação de aves aquáticas, podendo acolher no Inverno de cerca de 50 mil aves. Colhereiro, o Mergulhão-pequeno, a Garça-real, a Águia-sapeira, o Pernilongo e o Flamingo. O Gabinete de Turismo do Município disponibiliza ao público visitante telescópio e binóculos que auxiliam a visualização das espécies. Passeios Pedestres pelas salinas. ”