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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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Comenda Palace

Comenda Palace

Designed at the beginning of last century by the renowned Portuguese architect Raul Lino, this manor house is at the mouth of the Comenda Creek, near old Roman ruins on the Arrabida Hills and considered one of the main attractions of the region of Setubal.

The palace used to be owned by the French Armand family and legend has it that the Armand count asked Raul Lino to design the house with a particular request: that he sleeps one night under the moonlight at the location of the future house. The request was accepted and the result is this beautiful palace.

The Armand count and the architect were persons much interested in the preservation of the surrounding fauna and flora and the palace totally respects the natural integration with nature reflecting the balance between the construction and the place.

Away from the hustle and bustle and facing the Troia peninsula, the palace nestles quietly surrounded by the luxuriant vegetation of the Arrabida Hills besides the river Sado.

It has an entrance of the river where you can do kayaking and it also forms a small beach.

Not far there’s a very well-known picnic park.

You truly feel like the cares of the world disappear on this idyllic space.

Out of curiosity, the Armand family were friends of the Kennedy family and upon the  death of the former USA president, his widow Jacqueline Kennedy stayed at the palace with her children.

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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.

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.

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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.

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