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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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Troia

Troia

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

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Troia Resort

Troia Resort

Located in the beautiful Troia peninsula, this luxury resort is everything you need to indulge your senses with white sandy beaches and stunning views of the Setubal Bay, the sea and the Arrabida Hills.

Without the overcrowded pressure of locations like the Algarve, Troia Resort is the perfect place for some well deserved relaxing vacations all year round.

It is a diverse landscape, shaped over time and currently subject to strict directives on environmental protection, in an area of 486 hectares.

Here you can find:

  • Luxury Beach Apartments: Your very own private apartment with direct access to the beach and views to the sea and the Arrábida Hills. Some have a private garden as well as pool and jacuzzi.
  • Hotel Apartments: This stunning hotel named Aqualuz offers you fully equipped apartments with large balconies with views over the sea and the Arrábida Hills.
  • Troia Resort Village: This resort has several houses for sale so you can make the most of your regular vacations in Tróia or even live here permanently.

This magnificent resort is also a must-have for Sailing lovers with its stunning marina and for Golf lovers since it has the well-known Troia Golf Championship Course designed by the famous Golf Architect Robert Trent Jones Senior.

Tennis and Horseback riding are some of the other options available in the resort.

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.

About the region

About the region

The region of Setubal in Portugal lies just beneath Lisbon and on the River Sado, north of the Alentejo and Algarve.

The city of Setubal is one of the oldest cities of Portugal – a flourishing Roman community used to exist in the Tróia area.

As the capital has grown over the years Setubal has become wealthier and more urbanised, becoming a luxury tourist destination with its  resorts and offer in terms of activities.

The region of Setubal in Portugal doesn’t have the large crowds of the Algarve, and offers beautiful blue and green scenery in terms of beaches and nature, perfect weather and the tastiest seafood in the country, making the perfect destination for some quiet family holidays, romantic breaks or adventure travel.

The Setubal district has several locations north, east, west and south of the Setubal Bay, each with different characteristics.

You can discover here each one of them:

Discover the region.

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Your arrival on the Dream Coast reveals a region of colour, flavours, light, landscapes, and emotion, difficult to describe or explain.

Diversity, difference, and surprise are just three of the forms for us to highlight all the possibilities of an area which fuses golf, innumerable opportunities for conferences and meetings, hundreds of gastronomic suggestions, dozens of wines from cellars with a long history, for protected areas, a vast heritage all near to the capital of the country and an international airport with ease of accessibility.

Travel here and let yourself emerge in the ocean of tranquility that the region of Setubal offers you.

We guarantee that you’ll never think of travel holidays the same way. Once you go, you’ll know.

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