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Meco Beach Sesimbra

With an extensive sand flat, Bicas Beach is one of the most  desired beaches of Sesimbra’s west coast.

Located to the south of Moinho de Baixo or Meco Beach, it is surrounded by the great natural beauty of the fossil dunes’ cliffs.

It is the place to be for the extreme-sport lovers to practice surf and body boarding and to relax and take some sun, walking on the beach and listen the nature.

The beach is famous by the waves that are great for Surfing nevertheless dangerous for children or unprepared swimmers. Sservices: Lifeguard, restaurant, cafeteria, campsite, car parking

GPS » N 38º 27′ 47.82” ,W 9º 11′ 35”
We invite you to spend some of your vacations and holidays time visiting Arrábida Hills and Troia.
We invite you to visit Sesimbra, visit Setubal and  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.

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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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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Almada

Almada

Almada came from the Arabic word “al-Ma’dan” and mean mine.

During the Arab occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, there was a fortress to guard and defend the entrance of enemies through Rio Tejo (Tagus River) and having grown up as agriculture and fishing area.

Almada has always been a meeting between the Atlantic Ocean and river, a place of passage of various people for thousands of years calls today to meet with the Tagus River and the beautiful beaches bathed by the Atlantic Ocean.

Quick access to Lisbon by ship, train or car through the 25th April Bridge was opened in August 1966 and is a masterpiece of architecture. Almada presents a diversity of natural parks and historic sites to visit during your weekend breaks or holidays.

What to do in Almada?

Water Sports : Kitesurf , Bodysurf , Surf , swimming , Beach volley and even Soccer on the beach.

Golf : If you love golf, you have three courses. Golf Aldeia dos Capuchos (with 9 holes) and two courses at Aroeira called Aroeira I and Aroeira II. Wonderful green landscapes which invite to practice this amazing sport during all year.

Tennis : several places to practice this sport, since Costa da Caparica to Almada .

Beaches : Almada has more than 50 beaches. Small or big, you will love to take a bath on the Atlantic Ocean besides de night life with several Bars and Pubs, among lots of restaurants.

Convent: The Capuchos Convent is a magnificent and romantic spot,in Costa da Caparica, gives you a privileged view over the  Sintra Hills, Lisbon, Cascais Bay,among other places from Setubal region.

Sanctuary : The Sanctuary Christ the King opened in 1959, has built at 113 metres above water line and has a unique and stunning view over Lisbon, Cascais, Almada and the entire region of Setubal .

Restaurants : Almada have restaurants diversity and specially of fish dishes.

Almada , 25th April BridgeAlmada, Costa da Caparica, Beach Almada / Costa da Caparica , Fossil Coast Contact us if you want more information about Almada.

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.