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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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Alcochete

Alcochete

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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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.

Seixal

Seixal

Seixal presents a riverside zone with cultural, economical and social potentialities for tourism.

The city has available a several activities always connected with the history and is fantastic to take a walk near river and have fun with family.

Seixal is privileged, on North of Setubal Peninsula and inside the Lisbon Metropolitan Area has transportation by boat, train and amazing roads to the capital or to South of the country

What you can do at Seixal :

Canoeing – the presence of several yacht clubs in the region, allows for canoeing in the environment of living with nature.

Boat trips – You can make a boat trip through River Tagus on the river on traditional boats.

Museums – besides the expositions, the local museum have his own investigation of local habits, specially from Tagus River.

History : You can visit Quinta da Fidalga . Founded on XV century had agricultural and recreational functions. This space is mostly connected to Vasco da Gama brother (Paulo da Gama), that stayed in this farm to follow  the construction of caravels which Vasco da Gama used to discover the Maritime Route to India.

Church : Wonderful historic churches from XV century till XIX century construction.

Gastronomy : the local cuisine was historically dependent on agriculture, fisheries and livestock. by creating specific feeding habits that have lasted to this day. Amazing local plates : “Feijoada de Choco”, “Caldeirada”, “Massa de Peixe”, “Enguias Fritas” and “Ensopado de Enguias” are traditional one. For dessert we suggest you “Pastelinhos de Santa Marta”.

Crafts: known as folk art is part of the local culture and is an identification of local people. Strong local traditions with excellent artifices, are characterized by their ability to build ships in miniature. They made amazing local products like tiles, ceramics, pottery, basketry, in wood, textiles, decorative arts and much more.

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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 restaurant and activities and welcome to Portugal Dream Coast.

Travel Portugal and travel Setubal.

Pousada de Palmela (Inn)

Pousada de Palmela (Inn)

Just 8km from the city of Setubal, the Pousada de Palmela (Palmela Inn) situated in a castle is open since 1979, after the adaptation works to the Convent.

This is a historic luxury hotel in Palmela situated on a privileged location on top of a hill where you can have an amazing view of the Arrabida Hills, the Setubal Bay and the city.

With all its austerity, it is possible to enjoy its interior in a comfortable way that preserves a lot of the 17th century.

Rooms:

The Pousada has 23 double rooms and 5 Suites (2 with sea view, 1 with the city view, 1 with the castle view and 1 King size).

Facilities:

Parking, Boat Trips, Buggy & 4X4, Castle Experience, Convent Experience, Country walks/Bicycle, Flying & Parasailing, Game Room, Golf, Horse riding, Hunting, Paintball, Racing.

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.