Arrabida hiking and kayaking expedition takes place in the protected areas of Arrabida Nature Park and Luis de Saldanha Maritime Reserve. It is one of the most beautiful and fascinating natural regions of Mediterranean influence that remains almost untouched in its natural equilibrium. We will discover the unique wild coastline of Sesimbra as well as the Nature Park until we reach Troia Peninsula and the estuary of the Sado River.
For many years the area now occupied by the Arrabida Natural Park was an important hunting reserve with a diversified fauna, which, amongst other species, included wolves, wild boar and deer, the latter having disappeared by the beginning of the 20th century. The most representative and characteristic biotopes for the land fauna are limestone cliffs and rocky outcrops, caves, scrubland, thickets, bushes, copses, corkwoods, pine forest, meadows and small watercourses. Arrabida’s marine ecosystems are of the greatest national and international importance too. The cultural references of the Park witness occupation from prehistoric times, through those of the Phoenicians and Romans to the Arabs.
- Trip:6 days, 5 nights trip
- Supplied: Guide, Transfers, Insurance, full-board accommodation
- Day 1: Cape Espichel – Hiking – 11km
We will meet in Lisbon and head towards the western part of Arrabida Nature Park: Espichel Cape. We will hike the sandy trails along the coast from Meco to the Cape Espichel, unveiling dinosaur´s footprints from the Late Jurassic era and from the cretaceous period, separated by 500m and 50 Million years!
- Day 2: Sesimbra – Kayaking and discovering – 8km
We will go along the beautiful coast of Arrabida Nature Park and Luiz de Saldanha Maritime Reserve, admiring the caves, the geology and wonderful cliffs until we reach one of the most beautiful beach in the world the “Ribeira do Cavalo” and its crystal clear waters. We will climb the hill towards Sesimbra Castle in late afternoon.
- Day 3: Serra do Risco – Portinho da Arrabida – Hiking – 16 km
Our hike starts with a 300m climb out of town to the top of a plateau and across the Serra with its deep vegetation. Our destination is a former Franciscan Monastery, set on a hill high above the bay of Portinho da Arrabida.
- Day 4: Paddle with the dolphins – Kayaking – 16 km
The Maritime Park Professor Luis Saldanha is a fabulous reserve of subaquatic fauna and flora. The reserve also hosts a thirty dolphins that we will try to meet while paddling. In case we´re not lucky, we will appreciate the rocky outcrops and caves. We will reach the fishing town of Setúbal, discovering the estuary of the Sado river and Troia peninsula.
- Day 5: Setubal – Carrasqueira – Kayaking – 14km
We will paddle towards the fishing village of Carrasqueira on the other bank of the Sado river. We will stop at the Ilha do Cavalo (Horse Island) and might have a chance to paddle with the dolphins again in case they like us.
- Day 6: Back to Lisbon
Our trip has come to an end, after a early visit of the fish market, of Setúbal, we will go back to Lisbon.