This day tour was designed to link the backdrop of Serra da Arrábida – with its breathtaking landscapes – to the typical regional vineyards, with its aromatic and prize-winning Purple Muscat wines. Between turquoise waters and a nature-filled day, we will visit a historical wine cellar for a day that mixes nature, a renaissance palace and a winery in an emblematic way.
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In Palmela, just 40 minutes away from Lisboa, this castle of Arab origin had its first fortification around the 9th century. From the castle walls you can enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the region with the Peninsula of Troia and the Sado estuary, truly unforgettable. After lunch, we will take you through Serra da Arrábida to Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, stopping occasionally to see some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the Lisbon area.
At José Maria da Fonseca winery, they’ve been making wines since 1834, you’ll see how this winery has modernized itself yet preserved and projeced the memory and the prestige of its founder. Their constant investment in research and development combines the latest techniques with traditional know-how. At the end of this visit, you will be invited to an exclusive wine tasting with some regional delicacies, including the emblematic, unique, Purple Muscat.
After a quick lunch, Palácio da Bacalhôa will be the perfect setting to discover the founders of the Avis dynasty. Over the centuries, the architecture, the decor and the gardens of the Palace have been influenced by various owners, who drew inspiration from their travels across Europe, Africa and the Orient to transform the property into a rare gem.
As time has progressed, the Palace has been beautified by Portuguese hand-painted tiles from the XV and XVI centuries evoking Moorish designs and with a lakeside house. Both inside and out, passing through the gardens and vineyards to the lakeside house where the very first dated painted tile in Portugal can be found.
With the green hills and the turquoise water still present in our minds, we will return to Lisbon approaching the April 25th bridge, one of Lisbon’s most notable landmarks as it spans the River Tagus at the narrowest point. This bridge closely resembles that of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and connects Lisbon, on the north bank, with the commuter districts of Almada on the south bank. The bridge is a distinctive landmark of Lisbon and crossing the April 25th Bridge makes for a fantastic entrance to Lisbon.