Located about 40km from Lisbon, Arrábida Natural Park itself is a wonder!
Arrábida Natural Park extends around 10.800 ha in the surroundings of Setúbal, Palmela and Sesimbra cities & villages. Its rugged cliffs overlooking the beautiful landscape offering stunning panoramic viewpoints.
A short drive east of Setubal down tiny winding roads will bring you to some paradisiac beaches embraced by the Natural Park. The best kept secret ones are the sheltered bay of Galapinhos and Coelhos. But the most stunning of all is Portinho da Arrábida with fine sand, azure waters and a small 17th-century fort built to protect the monks from Barbary pirates. Crystal clear waters, reaching 17 degrees in high summer, make this excellent spots to relax during vacations. And if you want to have a meal at the beach Portinho da Arrábida or Creiro are perfect for you. There you can find restaurants that offer a great variety of fresh fish that will make your delights.
Within the Arrábida National Park is placed the beautiful convent built in the 16th century that was long used by the monks and later was abandoned and ruined. In the 19th century it was sold to private owners, that 60 years ago decided to recover it. The visits are allowed from Wednesday to Sunday, in groups and by previous reservation.
The park also hosts a couple of hiking trails including the windmill route (Rota dos Moinhos) with about 13km starting from Palmela village. If you love nature and hiking, Arrábida Natural Park should not be missed upon your visit to Lisbon!
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