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Grandola

Grandola

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.

Click below to see beautiful photos of Grandola:


Sado Estuary Nature Reserve

Sado Estuary Nature Reserve

Covering more than 23,000 hectares (57,000 acres), the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve in Setubal was established to protect the estuary.

The inner part of the estuary is bordered by rice-fields and reedbeds, whereas the north-western limits are densely populated and the south-western parts are sheltered from the open sea by a sandbar.

The Sado estuary has been declared a reserva natural (23,971 ha), Ramsar Site and a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA), largely on account of the 300-plus species of vertebrate recorded here.

It is a special place for birdwatching, including white storks, herons and flamingos.

The fish species include white bream, grey mullet, skate, sole and the Lusitanian toadfish.

Bottle-nosed dolphins in their natural habitat can be seen and there is an important colony of them in the River Sado.

They’re often observed while crossing the river by boat, between Setubal and Troia. Cockles, whelks, clams, prawns and crabs are among the crustaceans that can be found, as well as molluscs like cuttlefish, octopus and squid.

You can put on a pair of sturdy walking boots, pack your lunch, and discover some of the hidden corners of this estuary that swoop right down to the Atlantic.

Enjoy the striking landscapes as you walk the paths or take a trip on a traditional salt galleon out on to the Sado estuary or along the Arrabida coastline.

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 information about the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve.

Watch this video about the Sado Estuary:


Birdwatching Weekend

Birdwatching Weekend

Alcochete and Corroios will have a Bird Watching Weekend in October. The Grupo Flamingo – Associação de Defesa do Ambiente organizes this event that will  happen at Sapal de Corroios and Sapal de Alcochete.

The guides of the event will be  João Morais and Ana Ferreira. If interested, you must do the registration ( mandatory) till 30 September.

Schedules :

Bird Watching at Sapal de Corroios ( Seixal )– 1 October 2011 (Saturday)

  • 2 pm / 5 pm: Trip to Observation of Aquatic Birds
  • 5:30pm /7pm : Observation Point (Near Corroios Tide Mill, with Prof. Lima which recently released the book “Aves do Sapal de Corroios” ).

Birdwatching on Sapal de Alcochete – 2 October 2011 ( Sunday)

  • 3 pm / 6:30pm : Aquatic Birdwatching trip on Sapal de Alcochete.

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 airportt, reserve accommodations,hotel , choose a restaurant and activities and welcome to Portugal Dream Coast.

Travel Portugal and travel Setubal.

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

Portugal has been a wonderful destination for birdwatching and one of the country’s best birdwatching areas is Sado estuary in Setubal.

If you are a birdwatching fan and you haven’t visited this place before, then the range of species here might well surprise you.

The Sado estuary is a Ramsar site of international importance. Here you can watch around 70.000 birds of more than 250 different species, all year around.

The estuary incorporates a number of habitats, ranging from inter-tidal mudflats, salt marshes, salt pans, rice fields, reed beds and river beaches, to sand-dunes, small dams and slopes covered in cork and pine.

Some of the areas of major interest include: Gâmbia, Zambujal, Pinheiro, Monte Novo de Palma, Batalha, Cachopos, Carrasqueira and Comporta.

This sparsely populated region is a vital stronghold for Great and Little Bustards – and excellent for birds of prey, too.

Resident Eurasian Black Vultures and Eurasian Griffon share the skies with Spanish Imperial, Golden and Bonelli’s Eagles, and by late February, the first Lesser Kestrels should be returning from their winter quarters in Africa.

Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron, Purple Swamphen and Eurasian Penduline, all are to be looked for.

More birds like Black Stork, Calandra and Thekla Larks, Eurasian Crag Martin, Blue Rock-thrush, Spanish Sparrow and Rock Bunting are among other exciting species to watch for as you can listen for the tell-tale chuckling of Black-bellied Sandgrouse flying over the step.

Each year this region is attracting more and more people from across the world interested in birdwatching and if you come to Setúbal you have a bonus, because you might as well observe the small and unique population of Bottle-nosed Dolphins, resident in the estuary.

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

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.