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Alcacer do Sal

Alcacer do Sal

Alcacer do Sal is a dramatic medieval hill-top city in the South of the Setubal region, with a population around 6000 inhabitants.

Wrought-iron balconies look out over the river and underneath them dwell a variety of cafés and restaurants.

Here is located the beautiful natural Sado river reserve named Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado and it’s also here where the river Sado quietly meets the ocean.

It’s a city full of history with its medieval and charming streets and a castle at the top.

The town’s name comes from the Moorish al qasr meaning ‘the castle’, and the Sal refers to the age-old production of salt in this area.

Besides walking down the medieval cobbled streets and feelings its ancient history, other things to do in Alcacer do sal include:

  • Walking tour inside the city: seeing many examples of the remarkable Renaissance architecture in Portugal, like the Church of Santiago or the 16th century Convent of Santo Antonio,
  • Water Sports: Sailing, Windsurfing and Fishing at the Gaio dam,
  • Balloon sightseeing tours,
  • Boat trips: along the estuary,
  • Visit to the castle: where mighty ramparts and towers remind us of times when the city played an important part in territorial battles,
  • Bird watching in the estuary: where you can see many species of birds all year round,
  • Walking tour: Going on a walking tour around the region (called Passeio dos Negros),
  • Beaches: Enjoying the sun and sea at the stunning white sandy beaches at Comporta,
  • Horseback riding,
  • Visiting several small villages around the city: where you can see many pieces of archeology like the Roman remains,
  • And of course, enjoying the many typical Portuguese cuisine and wines of this region in one of its many restaurants. Alcacer do Sal has also a tradition of desserts which recipes have been secretly hidden for decades and are just delicious. Amongst others are: pinhoada, bolo de mel e pastéis de feijão e amêndoa.

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Sines is a city and county of the Setubal region located 150 km south of Lisbon at the very centre of South-western Portuguese coast.

Bordering the sea and the countryside, Porto Covo is a picturesque village with some of the most beautiful and preserved Portuguese beaches, protected by the natural park of Sudoeste Alentejano & Costa Vicentina.

The town’s history dates back to Roman times when it was called Sinus.

Over the years established good tradition relations with some of the Mediterranean nations and thrived.

Sines is the birthplace of explorer Vasco da Gama (1469-1524), discoverer of the sea route to India in 1497/98.

The house where he was born has been reconstructed as a museum. What do in Sines?

  • Historic centre: Sines’ historic centre goes along the cliff, from the Castle to the Fortress of Revelim, and remains charming, in spite of all the changes in the land. Besides the magnificent views to the Atlantic, in all its length, we must highlight, among the points of interest, the shopping streets, around the ancient medieval axis (Rua Cândido dos Reis and Rua Teófilo Braga), the Largo dos Penedos (with the ancient watch-tower, where fishermen watched the sea) and Rua Vasco da Gama, where the manor house that caused his expulsion from Sines was supposed to be.
  • Fishing Harbour: The history of Sines was, until 35 years ago, the history of a fishing village. Nowadays, in spite of not having the importance of times past, fishing continues to employ hundreds of men and to give the bay of Sines a charm and colouring unique in Alentejo. Before or after your meal, in summer or in winter, a visit to the fishing harbour and to the marginal avenue of Beach Vasco da Gama may be an incursion to the emotional centre of the city.
  • Visit to Porto Covo: Porto Covo is one of the most beautiful villages of the country, and, for certain, one of the most beautiful coasts, also a jewel of popular architecture. Visit the Ilha do Pessegueiro, the channel of Pessegueiro Island was used as a harbour of refuge by the Carthaginians and the Romans in the difficult climb of the coast of Alentejo.
  • Beaches: In Sines you have many different types of beaches to choose from:
  1. Family beaches: The Beaches of Morgavel, Vale Figueiros, Grande of Porto Covo, Ilha do Pessegueiro and S. Torpes, which, in the last few years, were rewarded with the Blue Flag of Europe, are excellent due to their natural characteristics, and due to the possibility of receiving the whole population, from the children to the elders.
  2. Naturist beaches : Praia do Salto (Beach of Salto). Located between Cerro da Águia and Cerca Nova, with a private and peaceful environment, it is part, since 2002, of the restricted group of naturist beaches officially recognised in Portugal.
  3. Historic beaches: Praia Vasco da Gama (Vasco da Gama Beach): Integrated in the urban tissue of the city of Sines and testimony of the main events of its history – from the pirates attacks to the embarkation of D. Miguel to Brazil -, it is part of the face of Sines and of the heart of its people. Adjoining the Fishing Harbour, it remains charming and deserves to be visited, both in the summer and in the winter. Its marginal avenue is much used for walks and jogging.
  • World Music Festival: The Festival Músicas do Mundo (FMM), organised by the City Council of Sines, since 1999, is the most important event of the cultural year in Sines and the biggest of the kind in the country. Held, every year, in the last week of July, in the historic scenery of the Castle, FMM gathers the most important names of the world circuit in world music, jazz and blues.
  • Art Centre: An architecturally innovative space (the Aires Mateus architects’ project was awarded the AICA/MC 2005 prize), are held exhibits, concerts, theatre plays, book presentations, and so on. Guided visits available.
  • Archaeological museum and Sala’s Treasure: It can be visited within the walls of Misericórdia Chapel, a building immediately next to the Mother Church and the Castle. It’s an historical church, rebuilt in 1585 by D. Felipe  and reconverted to cultural functions in the 1990’s. The museum includes pieces from the Palaeolithic to the Baroque period.

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Alcochete is a Portuguese town with a population of 16,194 habitants, built-in the district of Setúbal.

In the middle of Tejo Estuary has unique access roads connecting the Portuguese capital (Lisbon) through the Bridge Vasco da Gama. (The Vasco da Gama Bridge is 9th biggest bridge worldwide and the first in Europe, with a total length of 17,3 km, ten made on the waters of the Tejo Estuary).

This city has road links to the A1 (Lisbon-Porto), IC 32 ( Alcochete / Palmela) and connection to the A2 (Lisbon / Algarve).

Calm place for living at Portugal Dream Coast, tranquility and calm are two characteristics of this place.

Located on the east of the city, you can find also the Freeport, the major Outlet in Europe with lots of shops where you can buy different products.

Friendliness and hospitality are the two characteristics that mark particularly the locals, where it is possible to develop a set of activities, including:

Nature : Natural Reserve of the Tejo Estuary, a haven to more than 120,000 birds at some times of year in which we emphasize the community existing flamingos.

Cuisine: Alcochete is marked by a series of gourmet dishes that are the delight of many tourists and locals, including: “Massa de Choco”, “Ensopado de Enguias”, “Caldeirada à Fragateiro”, “Amêijoas Alcochetanas”, “Linguadinhos Fritos” and “Batatas Ensalsadas”.

Regional desserts: “Arroz Doce Branco” unleavened fantastic. The tradition says that “Arroz Doce Branco” was offered on the eve of marriage, with a small feature: the size of the sleepers was proportional to the importance of the wedding guests.

Boat Trips : Ideal for photographic moments of rare beauty is the river boat ride makes the whole of this waterfront location. Navigate throughout all the year.

Museums : Núcleo do Sal and Núcleo de Arte Sacra (besides the church itself, a mannered interesting space, with its altarpiece, designed by Diogo Teixeira and Antonio da Costa, composed of six thematic panels forming two levels – the Birth and Passion of Christ – the visitor can see pieces of jewelry, paintings, garments, documentary collection and sculpture. As the painting collection and the significance of May which was the basis of the creation of the core, covering the period between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, with special highlighted to the Flag of Mercy, one of the oldest in the country)

Crafts Location: Traditions, knowledge and experiences, the traditional handicrafts of Alcochete reveals all visitors to the roots strong maritime world.

Bullfight: over time, tradition and culture of the bulls and their rituals have survived, and there are unique performances each year with the best riders and groups of pitchforks in the area.

Skate : with an area of 322 m2, the Skate Park Beach Mills comprises: halpipe, quarter pipe, grind rail and a curved seat and grind step.

Festivals and Local Fairs : Confraternização Camponesa, Círio dos Marítimos de Alcochete , Festas do Barrete Verde e das Salinas, Festas de São João Baptista, Festas Populares de Samouco.

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Alcochete , Arte Sacra MuseumAlcochete , King Dom Manuel I

We invite you to spend some of your vacations and holidays time visiting Arrábida Hills.

We invite you to visit Setubal and to visit  Portugal.

Just take your flight to Faro airport or Lisbon Airport, reserve accommodations,hotel , choose a restaurant and activities and welcome to Portugal Dream Coast.

Travel Portugal and travel Setubal.



Grandola is a typical small Alentejan town, south on the Setubal district.

A quiet place to enjoy some days or relaxation, anytime of the year.

Here hospitality, warmth, proximity and affability represent a form of life and an attitude which differentiates the place within an open and pluralistic space.

It is the revolution against the longstanding fascist dictatorship, which took place in 1974, which really put this town on the map. ‘Grândola, vila Morena‘ is a folk ballad ostensibly about this town, penned by Zéca Afonso in the 60s as a tribute to the camaraderie and socialist conscience of the hard labouring peasants of the Portuguese agrarian heartland that is the Alentejo.

What to see and do in Grandola:

  • Nature: Nearby nature reserves offer various days out in the open air. Around the Sado estuary reside many species of birds for those of you who are a birdwatching fan.
  • Beaches: Grandola has 45km of white stunning sandy beaches from Troia to Melides like:  Aberta Nova, Galé, Pego, Carvalhal, Comporta, Praia Atlântica (Soltroia), Melides, Tróia-Galé, Tróia – Bico das Lulas and Tróia Mar.
  • Desert Beaches: Next to the small village of Melides there are several desert beaches which makes it the ideal place to go to the beach if you’re one of those people who prefer almost desert beaches, having nevertheless all the small joys of life-like having a cold beer at the bars while watching sunset.
  • Melides Lagoon: Nearby Lagoa de Melides is a very well-known beautiful beach where the sea connects to the lagoon trough a small canal. A wonderful and peaceful place to soak up the sun especially if you have kids.
  • Nautic Sports: There are many water sports you can enjoy on the beaches near Grandola: Swimming, Canoeing, Windsurf, Underwater Hunting, Scuba Diving and aquatic Ski.
  • Gastronomy: Grandola is known amongst the tourists and even amongst the Portuguese for its offer of wonderful food. There are many restaurants available from typical Portuguese food to gourmet dishes.
  • Horseback riding: There are several riding centres in Grandola where you can enjoy the pleasure of riding.
  • Grandola Hill: With an altitude of 350 metres, the Grandola Hill is a place of contrast with the scenario of flat land in Alentejo. The Hill is full of cork trees, Portuguese oaks, pear trees, rose bushes and several birds and animals like otters.
  • Walking tours: There are several walking tours available, a nice way of knowing Grandola and the surroundings, passing trough many local attractions.
  • Hunting: There are several touristic places to hunt in Grandola. Species to hunt :  rabbit, partridge, turtle-dove, quail, wild pigeon, woodcock, duck and lapping. Hunting here is a rendezvous with nature, a chance to observe species from close quarters to room close to nature and sample the rich local gastronomy while getting to know the culture of the region.
  • Fishing: Fishing has been a long tradition and a sport. Names and stories evoke prowess past and present. Fishing lines are thrown from beaches and riverbanks, providing unequalled conditions for the catching of base and sea bream. In the estuaries where the river meets the sea, red mullet, sole and cuttlefish abound.

We invite you spend some of your vacations and holidays time visiting Arrábida Hills.

We invite you to visit Setubal and to visit  Portugal.

Just take your flight to Faro airport or Lisbon Airport, reserve accommodations,hotel , choose a restaurant and activities and welcome to Portugal Dream Coast.

Contact us if you wish to know more info about Grandola or its activities.

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