A short break in the Lisbon Coast and the Arrabida National Park of Portugal.
Thirty minutes south of Lisbon is the Arrabida Natural Park, encompassing the small range of limestone mountains, which stretch east-west along the coast between Sesimbra and Setubal. It was established to protect this wild and beautiful landscape and its rich variety of birds and wildlife. This 4 night self-guided walking tour offers you a chance to capture the true essence of the region and can easily be combined with a visit to Lisbon. Your base is an Albergeria located in the heart of the historic centre of Setubal.
£315.00 per person October to March. £370.00 April to September. Single room supplement £100
4 nights accommodation in a twin room with en-suite facilities, 4 breakfasts, comprehensive walking notes, visit to the Fonseca winery in V.N. de Azeitao, transfers to trailheads and transfer to and from the start of the Serra de S. Luis walk on Day 4.
Flights to Portugal, transport to Setubal, meals not mentioned above, drinks with meals, insurance
This holiday is available on the day of your choice February to November. At other times please ask.
Day 1 – arrival from Lisbon (30 minutes by express bus, 50 minutes by train, or we can organise a personal transfer).
Day 2 – Alto da Madelana, a circular walk starting from the historical village of Villa Nogueira de Azeitão. Transfer to trailhead. The walk takes you through the Alto da Madelana to the woodlands along the margins of the Sierra da Arrabida before coming back through hamlets and across heath land. Visit the Fonseca winery if you like before returning by public bus. This is a great introduction to the area. 14 kms/8.5 miles. Walking time about 3½ hours.
Day 3 – The Windmills of Palmela – this walk begins and ends in the town of Palmela, famed for its castle. Transfer to trailhead (plenty of time to visit the town and castle at the end of the walk). The route will take you along the Serra do Louro ridge, which is lined with windmills before returning via the village of Quinta do Anjo. Besides magnificent scenery with an interesting varietyof flora and fauna you will pass the archaeological excavations of the Castelo Chibanes fort and on the edge of the village the Neolithic sepulchres hewn out of the local rock. Return by local bus. 13 kms/8 miles. Walking time about 4 hours.
Day 4 – Transfer to trailhead. The Serra de S. Luis and the Alcube river valley – this circular walk will take you around the magnificent S. Luis Mountain before dropping down to walk along the Alcube valley. The whole area is quite remote and there is every chance that you will see the rare birds and wild cats that the area is famous for! Taxi transfer at end of walk. 16 kms/10 miles. Walking time 4 hours.
Day 5 – Departure after breakfast.