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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.

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Winners of FINA Setúbal Bay 10 km World Cup 2011

Winners of FINA Setúbal Bay 10 km World Cup 2011

On last 18 june , who trip Setúbal could watch the 6th edition of FINA Setúbal Bay 10 km World Cup 2011. Spyridon Gianniotis ( from Greece ) made the best time of all season, with 1h40m29s and won the male category of the competition, followed by Peter Stoychev ( Bulgaria) and Thomas Lurz ( Germany ).

With the goal of qualifying for the London Olympic Games 2012 made an excellent result and promise his return for 2012 to the Parque Urbano de Albarquel.

Arseniy Lavrantyev was the best Portuguese in competition and receives the Portuguese National title for the distance of 10 km.

On females the FINA Setúbal Bay 10 km World Cup 2011 was amazing for the german swimmers Angela Maurer (the winner) and Isabel Donath (2nd place). The 3rd position was for Kalliopi Araouzou , from Greece.

Lots of people trip to Setúbal during the day and had the opportunity to see and participate in a lot of activities during this international competition. On the crowd, we found also people in summer holidays from Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Ireland, among other countries.

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.

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

Coasteering

Coasteering

If you visit Portugal Dream Coast on your next holidays, you have an amazing international leisure activity to make, called Coasteering.

Coasteering is an activity that is based on the practitioner´s progression through the combination of different activities, like : Abseiling, Climbing, Trekking, Diving and Swimming with the goal of reach one point or make a course around the area.

We can say there is two well-known hotspots to practitioner´s on Marine Park Prof. Luiz Saldanha ( Sesimbra ) and Natural Park of Arrabida .

They are both amazing places, with fantastic landscapes views, mixing the green of the local flora, blue of Atlantic Ocean and the blazing colors of the rocky cliffs.

For your own safe, it is essential that you use safety equipment, known the set of security measures and assisted with experienced professionals.

This activity is categorized into several levels, according your experience, sea state and conditions of the activity.

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.