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Arrábida Hills

Arrábida Hills

The originality of the scenery and harmony of Man in his environment reveal a perfect integration of the two in a natural and sociocultural context which surrounds the Arrabida Hills in Setubal.

These chalky hills have the only surviving example of primitive Mediterranean vegetation.

Tucked away in the heart of Arrabida’s Natural Park, the formation goes back 180 million years.

The soil and mild climatic features, considered the best in Portugal, have produced a lush vegetation rich in species.

The park covers the Arrabida Hills, which Mediterranean-like vegetation and micro-climate resemble Adriatic locations.

Although the 50km long ridge of the Arrabida attains a maximum of only 501m (Alto do Formosinho), the views from the top are truly spectacular, giving the impression of much greater altitude. The strategic position of the Arrabida Marine Park makes it an ideal laboratory to travel for studies on marine biodiversity and climate change.

What to do in the Arrabida Hills?

  • Beaches: Relax on the sand at Portinho da Arrabida, a delightful small beach nestled in a bay with calm, crystal blue-green water that is excellent for swimming and diving. Make a visit also to Figueirinha, it looks out over the Bay of Setubal and has the beautiful backdrop of the Arrabida hills. The popularity of this beach is aided by both the ease of access and the calm waters and is suitable for windsurfing at low tide, when a cove is created by a sandbank.
  • Walking Tours: Travel here and dive yourself into the wild landscapes of the Arrabida Hills on a guided hiking trail which offers you a chance to capture the true essence of the region.
  • Sports: Mountain Biking, hiking, sea kayaking are some of the many sports you can practise here, since the mountain and the bay below offers perfect conditions for these sports.
  • Jeep tours: This is the most popular safari trip practiced in the surroundings of Lisbon,with stopovers in places for fantastic views of the mountain and the ocean. Tip: Combine the tour with a wine and cheese tasting.
  • Photographing: With a beautiful and breathtaking scenery, the Arrabida Hills is the place to travel and to be for landscape photographers,
  • Arrabida Monastery: Built on 1542 by Frei Martinho de Santa Maria, this monastery is hidden between the lush vegetation. Used by religious orders in the past, it has the “old monastery” with some rooms built inside the rocks and the “new monastery” where later was built the kitchen, library, watch tower and other rooms. The Arrabida monastery is currently owned by the Orient Foundation, with many cultural events taking place.
  • Arrabida Natural Honey: The well-known Arrabida Natural Honey is produced here, get the chance to taste it! Know more about the Arrabida Honey.
  • Just relaxing: This location is perfect if you’re looking for the tranquility and peace that only the contact with nature offers. A perfect place to meditate, relax or just listen to the nature sounds.

And why not combine several activities together to make the perfect holidays?

The Natural Park of Arrabida is an area of excellent views, culture, history and hundred-year-old traditions as well as having an economic importance regarding tourism.

Add it to your travel guide! The nature park (land and sea) is being proposed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site and was a “Gift to the Earth” by the Portuguese government through WWF in the International Year of the Oceans (1998).

We invite you spend some of your vacations and holidays time visiting Arrábida Hills.

We invite you to visit Setubal and to visit  Portugal

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Montijo

Montijo

Montijo is a portuguese city on district of Setúbal near the capital (20 km) with 26500 habitants.

A city that join the beauty of Tagus river with rural landscapes, that makes excellent contrast of colours.

With human presence since Paleolithic, “Aldegallega” is the primitive name of Montijo .

The locals dedicated to salt extraction and wine-producing. In the past, Montijo supplied the capital of Portugal through small boats and “bateis” (specific boats).

What to see and do in Montijo:

Walking tours : There are different walking tours available where you can improve the knowledge of Montijo and surroundings. It’s possible to make different

Hunting Reserves : You can hunt ducks and wild boar. An encounter with nature and an opportunity to knowing the region.

Museum : Located at Atalaia is dedicated to the rural region and brings together much of the ethnographic collection of the municipal museum.

Historic Church : a historical place where you can enjoy several relics, including an altar piece designer by Tomás Luis of XVI century.

Gastronomy : influenced by Montijo location along the river and rural areas of fertile soils that produces food for a wealth of distinctive flavors in cuisine. Some local dishes: Caldeirada à Pescador, Lamejinhas abertas ao Natural, Massinha de safio, Ensopado de Enguias c/arroz de pimentos ou c/Açorda, Carne de Porco c/Enguias. Confectionery : Queijadinhas de Leite, Bolo de Milho, Pudim de Vinagre.

Crafts : tiles e stained glass, Copper, Bandarilhas, painted ostrich eggs, saddlery , cork.

Sports : You can practice several sports and specially BTT, Allroad, slide, rappel, climbing, canoeing, balloon.

Fishing: traditional fishing, practiced from the beaches and banks of the Tagus River.

Contact us if you wish to know more about Montijo .

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.

George Whitaker (UK )won the most important on the first Week of Equestrian Atlantic Tour 2012 in Portugal

George Whitaker  (UK )won the most important on the first Week of Equestrian Atlantic Tour 2012 in Portugal

For the first four weeks of contests that make up the Atlantic Tower in Comporta,there were great exhibitions

Yesterday, in the Grand Prix at 1.45 m, the British George Whitaker accompanied Tubana who won with more than two seconds ahead of  Portuguese Antonio Vozone Woman with Lacy. Belgium Fredrerik Cattebeke finished third in the saddle on Cakoa 2. French Bruno Broucqsault figure in the standings with two horses: he is fourth on the Pause Cafe Saloz and twelfth with Draco. Alain Bourdon finished in sixth place on Kassandre Erger.
The second week of competition at the Atlantic Tower begins tomorrow with the trials faced by young horse

Résultats CSI GP 1,45m :
1. George Whitaker et Tubana GBR 0/0 44,40
2. Antonio Vozone et Lacy Woman POR 0/0 46,45
3. Fredrerik Cattebeke et Cakoa 2 BEL 0/0 47,55
4. Bruno Broucqsault et Pause Café du Saloz FRA 0/4 42,82
5. Jerome Guery et Waldo BEL 0/4 44,85
6. Alain Bourdon et Kassandre Erger FRA 0/4 45,24
7. François Mathy et Cero BEL 0/4 47,52
8. François Mathy et Orphée du Breche BEL 0/ELI
9. Nadja Steiner et Calheta SUI 4 83,02
10. François Brichart et Azimut Chavannais BEL 4 83,63

Please send an email to info@portugaldreamcoast , if you wish to know more information

What else to do in Comporta, Troia and Setubal ?
– Live Music and Barbecue every Weekend, followed by PARTY AT THE BEACH;
– Games Lounge: Playstation, Snooker, football table, FREE internet access
– Different activities every Day Off: Paintball, Groom´s class, football tournaments and much more

– 40min by car from LISBON City and AIRPORT and 2 hours from Faro Airport
– NEW Direct access to the BEACH WITH THE HORSES
– 10km from the CASINO, GOLF, TENNIS and DOLPHIN´s Tour

We invite you to spend some of your vacations and holidays time visiting Arrábida Hills and Troia.

We invite you to 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.

ATLANTIC TOUR 2012 COMPORTA/PORTUGAL

ATLANTIC TOUR 2012 COMPORTA/PORTUGAL

From 21nd February to 18th March, Herdade da Comporta will be the setting one more time for the most important equestrian event in Portugal.

Blessed with exceptional conditions, the region has been steadily attracting more and more horse riders and visitors from all over the world.

For five weeks this “equestrian city” brings together 350 riders from 26 countries, 500 horses and, all told, an estimated total of roughly 5000 visitors and participants. The 9 competitions being held will all count to the world ranking.

This year there will be one more sand arena: 100m X 60m.

Spectators can watch the events from close up or, if they prefer, from one of the two restaurants made available to visitors.

COURSE DESIGNERS:

Bob Ellis (GBR): – LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES Course Designer

Bernardo Costa Cabral (POR): European Championships’ Ch-J-Yr

Comporta 2011 Javier Trenor (ESP): European Madrid 2011

Brian Henry (IRL)

Please send an email to info@portugaldreamcoast , if you wish to know more information

What else to do in Comporta, Troia and Setubal ?
– Live Music and Barbecue every Weekend, followed by PARTY AT THE BEACH;
– Games Lounge: Playstation, Snooker, Foosball table, FREE internet access
– Different activities every Day Off: Paintball, Groom´s class, football tournaments and much more

– 40min by car from LISBON City and AIRPORT and 2 hours from Faro Airport
– NEW Direct access to the BEACH WITH THE HORSES
– 10km from the CASINO, GOLF, TENNIS and DOLPHIN´s Tour

We invite you to spend some of your vacations and holidays time visiting Arrábida Hills and Troia.

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.