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Reachable by a 10 min. by catamaran and 25 min. by ferry-boat from Setubal, this narrow sand-strip south of Lisbon is one of Portugal’s best-kept secret.

Boasting 18 km of white sandy uninterrupted beaches and some of the cleanest bathing conditions in the country, Troia is a true  for couples and young families alike. It also has a range of moderately priced apartment complexes, a tennis center, several swimming pools, casino, conference rooms, theater and the well-known 18-hole championship Golf course.

What to do in Troia?

  • Beach, beach, beach! 18km of white sandy beaches with clear blue water. Here we promise you won’t find the heavy crowds of the Algarve. If you’re in need of a relaxing beach break, this is the place to be.
  • Water sports: Beach volley, kitesurf, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, scuba. There is a sailing school and a scuba-diving school where you can rent a sailing boat and equipment and have lessons , with a range of classes for varying abilities. If you chose scuba diving, a popular activity, there is many diverse types of fish and underwater sea life to see in different spots. Water sports here are a truly unique experience since is where the river meets the sea.
  • Golf: The Troia Golf course is considered amongst Golf players to be one of the best top golf courses of the world and was considered by “Golf World” magazine to be one of the best 100 Golf courses of Europe. Robert Trent Jones Senior designed the course and it opened for play in 1980. The 368-metre par for 3rd is one of the finest sea holes in Portugal but there are more stunning holes in this course. The holes are laid out on the dunes whilst magnificent pinewoods line most of the fairways on the inland side. The course is challenging but whilst playing the player has charming views across the sand to the magnificent blue Atlantic. There are also Golf lessons available.
  • Tennis: There is a tennis academy in Troia with 10 green courts for you to play day and night. They also offer tennis lessons if you want to learn a new sport while on holidays!
  • Roman ruins: If you want to know a bit of history as well, you can also visit the 16th Century Roman ruins in Troia. Some very important finds have been made since excavations began in 1850. The main visible features are fish-salting tanks as large as 3 metres square, port buildings, tombs and baths with traces of mosaic and marble lining.
  • Luxury resorts: In Troia there are  luxury resorts with plenty to offer like spa treatments and shows, if you want to take advantage of the best Troia has to offer.
  • Restaurants: In Troia there are beach restaurants and snack bars where you can taste the famous fish dishes and seafood of the region of Setubal , whilst enjoying a stunning view of the Setubal bay and Arrabida Hills , in a really relaxing environment.

Staying in Troia is a good option if you visit the region of Setubal, combining relaxation, stunning views and easy access to the city of Setubal and the other locations around.

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

We invite you to visit Setubal and to visit  Portugal

Contact us if you wish to know more info about Troia.

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Palmela, Castles in the Air

Palmela, Castles in the Air

Palmela , 6 and 7th August from 6pm till 8 pm at the Castle of Palmela will have animation with workshops of several instruments for all family and special to the junior´s.

coordinated by Escola de Música da Sociedade Filarmónica Humanitária de Palmela will give the possibility to contact with several instruments from different music areas.

Castles on the Air is organized by Municipality of Palmela during the summer months with free entrance.

FADO: World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage – UNESCO

FADO: World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage – UNESCO

Fado, Lisbon’s mournful song and the Portuguese most traditional music genre, was added Sunday to UNESCO’s list of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

According to UNESCO, intangible heritage includes traditions and skills passed on within cultures.

The UNESCO’s committee of experts, meeting on Bali island of Indonesia, unanimously praised Fado as an “example of good practices” that should be followed by other countries.

On its website, UNESCO describes Fado as the”urban popular song of Portugal,” stating

Fado is a performance genre incorporating music and poetry widely practised by various communities in Lisbon.

It represents a Portuguese multicultural synthesis of Afro-Brazilian sung dances, local traditional genres of song and dance, musical traditions from rural areas of the country brought by successive waves of internal immigration, and the cosmopolitan urban song patterns of the early nineteenth century.

Fado songs are usually performed by a solo singer, male or female, traditionally accompanied by a wire-strung acoustic guitar and the Portuguese guitar – a pear-shaped lute with twelve wire strings, unique to Portugal, which also has an extensive solo repertoire.

The past few decades have witnessed this instrumental accompaniment expanded to two Portuguese guitars, a guitar and a bass guitar.

Fado is performed professionally on the concert circuit and in small ‘Fado houses’, and by amateurs in numerous grass-root associations located throughout older neighbourhoods of Lisbon.

Informal tuition by older, respected exponents takes place in traditional performance spaces and often over successive generations within the same families.

The dissemination of Fado through emigration and the world music circuit has reinforced its image as a symbol of Portuguese identity, leading to a process of cross-cultural exchange involving other musical traditions.

Sines FMM World Music Festival 2011

Sines FMM World Music Festival 2011

FMM – World Music Festival this year , as usually features a wide range of musicians and artists of entire world, which will converge to Sines for what promises to be the best festival ever.

During your Summer holidays, if you visit Portugal you have an amazing opportunity to be at one of the Best 25 International Music Festivals .

From 22 till 28 July, Sines will receive musicians from 23 countries (Japan, Spain, United States, Sweden, China, India, among others) that travel to Portugal and will perform 35 amazing shows, over the seven nights of music festival.

The event will take place in two fantastic points, the Sines Castle with a capacity of 7000 people and Avenida Vasco da Gama, next to the beach of Sines with a capacity of 15,000 people.

During the seven days the organization expects an audience of 100.000 people.

In FMM – World Music Festival will exist a day ticket and three EPs.

The concerts to be held on the stage of Avenida Vasco da Gama are admission free. Soon we will have available days , places and schedules of the shows.

We also  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 restaurantt and activities and welcome to Portugal Dream Coast.

Travel Portugal and travel Setubal.

After that, just buy your residence and enjoy for life.