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Pedra da Anixa (Anixa rock)

Pedra da Anixa (Anixa rock)

Some 250 metres off the beautiful Portinho da Arrabida beach is a 40 metre long rocky island known as Pedra da Anixa, which is part of the Arrabida natural reserve in Setubal.

Important for its sub-aquatic vegetation and even more so for its extremely varied marine life; to date more than 70 species have been recorded as well as scores of marine invertebrates.

Such great biological diversity is attributable to the rich composition of its rocky depths, surrounded by a relatively barren sandy sea-bed.

The complex structure of its underwater cracks, cavities and platforms, provide shelter and serve as an ideal breeding ground.

Pedra da Anixa is a very popular place amongst diving enthusiasts.

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Arrábida Hills

Arrábida Hills

The originality of the scenery and harmony of Man in his environment reveal a perfect integration of the two in a natural and sociocultural context which surrounds the Arrabida Hills in Setubal.

These chalky hills have the only surviving example of primitive Mediterranean vegetation.

Tucked away in the heart of Arrabida’s Natural Park, the formation goes back 180 million years.

The soil and mild climatic features, considered the best in Portugal, have produced a lush vegetation rich in species.

The park covers the Arrabida Hills, which Mediterranean-like vegetation and micro-climate resemble Adriatic locations.

Although the 50km long ridge of the Arrabida attains a maximum of only 501m (Alto do Formosinho), the views from the top are truly spectacular, giving the impression of much greater altitude. The strategic position of the Arrabida Marine Park makes it an ideal laboratory to travel for studies on marine biodiversity and climate change.

What to do in the Arrabida Hills?

  • Beaches: Relax on the sand at Portinho da Arrabida, a delightful small beach nestled in a bay with calm, crystal blue-green water that is excellent for swimming and diving. Make a visit also to Figueirinha, it looks out over the Bay of Setubal and has the beautiful backdrop of the Arrabida hills. The popularity of this beach is aided by both the ease of access and the calm waters and is suitable for windsurfing at low tide, when a cove is created by a sandbank.
  • Walking Tours: Travel here and dive yourself into the wild landscapes of the Arrabida Hills on a guided hiking trail which offers you a chance to capture the true essence of the region.
  • Sports: Mountain Biking, hiking, sea kayaking are some of the many sports you can practise here, since the mountain and the bay below offers perfect conditions for these sports.
  • Jeep tours: This is the most popular safari trip practiced in the surroundings of Lisbon,with stopovers in places for fantastic views of the mountain and the ocean. Tip: Combine the tour with a wine and cheese tasting.
  • Photographing: With a beautiful and breathtaking scenery, the Arrabida Hills is the place to travel and to be for landscape photographers,
  • Arrabida Monastery: Built on 1542 by Frei Martinho de Santa Maria, this monastery is hidden between the lush vegetation. Used by religious orders in the past, it has the “old monastery” with some rooms built inside the rocks and the “new monastery” where later was built the kitchen, library, watch tower and other rooms. The Arrabida monastery is currently owned by the Orient Foundation, with many cultural events taking place.
  • Arrabida Natural Honey: The well-known Arrabida Natural Honey is produced here, get the chance to taste it! Know more about the Arrabida Honey.
  • Just relaxing: This location is perfect if you’re looking for the tranquility and peace that only the contact with nature offers. A perfect place to meditate, relax or just listen to the nature sounds.

And why not combine several activities together to make the perfect holidays?

The Natural Park of Arrabida is an area of excellent views, culture, history and hundred-year-old traditions as well as having an economic importance regarding tourism.

Add it to your travel guide! The nature park (land and sea) is being proposed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and was a “Gift to the Earth” by the Portuguese government through WWF in the International Year of the Oceans (1998).

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

We invite you to visit Setubal and to visit  Portugal

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Santa Margarida Cave

Santa Margarida Cave

Numerous sandy caves lie at the foot of the Arrabida Hills limestone cliffs. 

The Serra (mountain) abounds with caves and grottoes.

The best known is Lapa de Santa Margarida, of which Hans Christian Andersen wrote, “It is a veritable church hewn out of the living rock, with a fantastic vault, organ pipes, columns, and altars.

Located about 500 metres west of the Portinho da Arrabida beach in Setubal, it has two entrances, one from sea and the other from land.

The earliest evidence of man’s presence in the region, in the Lower Palaeolithic age, was found here.

Apart from the primitive church there are stalactites and stalagmites.

Enter the cave stepping down about 20 steps.

Visit the cave, the little church in front, the ramifications of the cave at right/front, the holes at left that permits passage to the sea, explore the space behind the church, watch the fossils on the walls… take your time exploring this huge cave.

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

We invite you to visit Setubal and to visit  Portugal.

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Arrabida Natural Honey

Arrabida Natural Honey

Discover the sensory delights of the Arrabida natural honey made from hives situated amongst the wild flowers and herbs that cover the slopes.

In the region of Setubal there are more than 200 top producers of honey that use traditional methods, almost all in Sesimbra.

Of the many components in natural honey, the natural antioxidants have attracted much attention.They comprise series of phenolic compounds such as flavonoids, cinnamon acids and substituted benzoic acids and impart health benefits to the honey.

They have also been shown to be useful markers of the floral source or geographical origin of the product.

On the Arrabida, the combination of rosemary, time and the mediterranean climate delivers a unique quality and flavour to the Arrabida honey.

Other product produced with the Arrabida honey are Royal Jelly.

You can buy the Arrabida Honey in many places in the Setubal region and there’s also an annual event dedicated to it: “Zimbramel” on the Sesimbra Castle.

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 to know more information about the Arrabida Natural Honey.