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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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Port and Fishermen of Setubal

Port and Fishermen of Setubal

One of the main attractions of Setubal is the port.

Not because of the souvenir shops or beach side strolls or even cafe to chat, because there are not any, but because of being Setubal a city of fishermen it is here that you can breathe and feel the true nature of the region.

It is very real and it shows the connection to the sea of all the region of Setubal.

Go up early and walk to the port, it can be fascinating to watch the harbor as the brightly painted boats arrive in the morning loaded with fish and as fishermen mend their nets and the brisk auctions  take place.

There are fishermen covered in various fish guts, others scrubbing blood off their boats, transporters carrying the sales, and women preparing food for the meals.

Very near from the port at the Praça do Bocage stays the Igreja de São Julião or St. Julian’s Church, regarded as the main church of the region. Built during the second half of the thirteenth century, this ambitious project was spearheaded by the fishermen of Setubal.

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 about the Port and the Fishermen of Setubal.

Quinta da Bacalhoa

Quinta da Bacalhoa

Located on the N10 road, in the small town of Vila Fresca de Azeitao some 19km west of Setubal, is the delightful Quinta da Bacalhoa, also referred to as the Bacalhoa Palace.

It is regarded as one of the finest early examples of domestic Renaissance architecture in Portugal.

It is highly likely that “Bacalhôa“, by which the old Vila Fresca estate in Azeitao became known, originated from the fact that the wife of Don Jerónimo Manuel was referred to by this name, the female form of “Codfish”. This estate was established as one of the artistic treasures of Portugal.

The son of Afonso de Albuquerque, who had been a great mariner and viceroy of India, also liked travelling. He journeyed to Italy, became a connoisseur of Italian art and admired their gardens. This inspired him to make a villa on a peninsula south of Lisbon. It has loggias and patios for outdoor living and philosophical discourse. A great tank garden is flanked by a hall with three pavilions and decorated with glazed tiles (azulejo) and terracotta busts.

Based on a simple pattern of geometric squares, the gardens are fashioned out of carefully manicured boxwood.

The remarkably ornate garden is arranged around a central fountain.

Each parterre displays a different boxwood pattern, and each has a distinct meaning: an “R” at the center of one symbolizes rei, which means king of Portugal.

A little museum and public reception room on the ground floor of the house are open to visitors.

This museum (consisting mainly of unimportant antique paintings, plus a scattering of artifacts related to the history of winemaking at the quinta) is worth visiting only if you are already there viewing the gardens.

The Quinta was classified a National Monument in 1996 by the Institute of Management for Architectural and Archaeological Heritage (IGESPAR).

Contact us if you wish to know more information about Quinta da Bacalhoa or to know about the Wine Tours available.

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.