Adventures in the Arrabida Natural Park!

Arrabida adventures


The Arrabida Natural Park lies an hour south of Lisbon. The park is formed by a mass of limestone hills rising over the coast, where the river Sado joins the Atlantic. Covered by a patchwork of old farm fields, vineyards and ancient Mediterranean scrub land, the hills meet the sea in breathtaking cliff drops of over 300 meters. In the ancient rocks you can even see dinasour footprints! The park is protected so is unspoilt and contains beautiful expanses of country and coast just waiting to be explored.

We currently offer a variety of trips in and around the Arrabida Natural Park including: climbing and abseiling/rappel, coasteering, caving, mountain biking, hiking, sea kayaking, canorafting, paragliding, boat tours, jeep tours, diving and snorkelling. The activities are available to suit all levels and beginners are welcome. We can arrange tailor made packages and multi-activity days out to show you the best of the park. So just contact us and let us know what you’re interested in! Transfers from Lisbon can usually be arranged.

Climbing: Arrabida offer fantastic conditions for climbing from challenging sea cliffs to fun crags for beginners. The Fissure of Arrabida, a dramatic natural crack in the rock bed of the park just above the coast, is the ideal playground for climbers and abseillers! We offer guided tours for experienced climbers. If you are a beginner come and have an introduction to climbing in spectacular surroundings. No previous climbing experience is required as expert guides will teach you the basic skills needed, safety procedures and show you how to use the equipment. You’ll be climbing on natural rock faces and fissures- discovering little known corners of the park! Via Ferrata is also available.

Abseiling (rappel): Make your way along the natural challenges of the frissure by abseiling (rappelling), scrambling and hiking! The course consists of some small climbs or scrambles and 5 abseils of between 15m and 35m each. The views and the landscapes are incredible both inside and outside the frissure. No previous experience is necessary but a basic level of fitness is required as this is a medium level activity with specialist guides and equipment provided.

Caving The coast of Arrabida is a dream spot for cavers! Come and discover a breathtaking and fascinating underground world. We can supply expert guides and all equipment. There are lots of caves just waiting to be explored so please contact us to discuss the best route for you.

Coasteering The aim of coasteering is to explore the rocky coastline along the tidal zone above the sea by almost any means necessary! This trip will combine rappels and rope maneuvers such as ziplines and railings, with climbing, swimming and hiking, giving you an adrenaline rush and fantastic views of places seldom seen and otherwise inaccessible!

Mountain Biking and Hiking There are kilometres of scenic pathways winding their way through the park so it is a great destination for mountain biking and hiking. Your trip will be led by an experienced guide who will pick the most picturesque routes and highlight the main features of wildlife, landscape and history. There are lots of routes to choose between including one to see the dinasour footprints. To get a unique perspective on the landscape this trip can be combined by sea kayaking following the curve of the coast and exploring its dramatic rock formations. A basic level of fitness is required but the pace will be adjusted to suit the group.

Arrabida adventures

Jeep Tour Get offroad and explore the highlights of the region by jeep with friendly, local guides.

Canorafting and Kayaking Explore the natural coves and inlets of the Arrabida coast, paddling through clear, blue water to deserted beaches with a stop for refreshments and time to relax or visit the bat caves! Canorafting or kayaking can also be combined with other activities such as a guided hike or cycle through the park.

Paragliding Take to the skies on a tandem paragliding flight with fantastic views! This activity can be done on the coast or in the hills depending on the weather conditions on the day. 

Diving and Snorkelling Get a taste for the underwater world snorkelling or with an introduction to diving at shallow depths in the sea with qualified and experienced instructors. Experienced divers also welcome!

Boat Trips Come and meet Setubal’s resident dolphin population or enjoy a scenic tour of the coast.

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Please note some Arrabida activities are subject to a minimum number of participants.