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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:


River Sado Boat Tour

River Sado Boat Tour

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Sado River estuary which contains some of the best river wildfowl in the country. We strongly recommend you to have a River Sado Boat Tour, and you will want much more.

It’s well worth catching a boat and taking a leisurely two-hour cruise in Setubal. Take a pair of binoculars and a camera with you, you might receive a visit from the cute wild dolphins that live in the estuary or admire the stunning hills of Serra da Arrabida.

You can enjoy several boat trips in the Sado Estuary with specific themes like:

  • Mini Cruises
  • Wine Cruises
  • Dolphin Watching Cruises
  • Fishing
  • Scuba Diving

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.

Fishing boat  on Sado´s estuary River Sado Boat Tours River Sado Boat Tours - Golfinho

To Booking a Cruise in Setubal or to know more information please contact us

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:


Wild Dolphin watching

Wild Dolphin watching

They’re friendly, cute and crazy about children.

They’re a family of resident dolphins that live in the Sado estuary called “bottlenose“, a very common specie of dolphins.

We all love to see dolphins and for many people the only way to do this is by visiting an aquarium.

In Troia and in Setubal you have the opportunity of seeing them in the wild all year round.

Each dolphin has been identified and has a name. There are at the moment 4 baby dolphins, 6 teenagers and 18 adults.

And how are they identified?

Using the appearance of dorsal fins to identify dolphins in the wild.

Like a human fingerprint, there are no two dorsal fins that are identical.

Each has its own unique shape, height, thickness, and notches.

They are very happy to interact with people so if you’re on a boat trip you might get the chance of having them making you a visit.

They’re so happy to see people who when they’re at surface they like to show what they can do like graceful jumps, jumping anywhere from 15 to 30 feet above the water.

They use side-flopping and upside-down obtaining  communicate motivation.

They are a font of serenity , uplifting the spirits of everyone around.

Don’t miss the chance to visit this lovely family of wild dolphins when you’re visiting Setubal.

Dolphin Watching Boat Tours

There are several boat tours to watch dolphins on the Sado estuary.

You can choose to only watch the dolphins or visit other locations by boat on the same day.

A great day for all the family!

Contact us to know more info about bookings and prices. Watch this special video about the dolphins of the Sado Estuary:

Visit the Gallery of Photos with stunning pictures of the dolphins: