Wine gastronomy in the Costa Azul

This region of wine was the area that saw the birth of wine producers who still consider their art as their only way of life today. At your table, fish and seafood bring you the flavors and aromas of the sea. A visit to its properties is always an excellent pretext to be aware of their life stories, their heritage, the arts, traditions and architecture of the region and of course know their gastronomy.

As far as the coastal and inland areas are concerned: fish and seafood from the first temperate with the herbs from the interior invade the dishes of this region. There are two different traditions and worlds that in the dish intersect and blend with the mastery of those who know how to potentiate their ingredients. That wealth doesn't have a special owner. It was invented by all, having the testimony been passed since the very generation to generation...

There are 2 types of landscape in the provincial of Setúbal: One is characterized by the vineyards planted in clay-limestone soils between 100 and 500mts high. In these lands, located on the slopes of the Serra da Arrábida, the vineyards are protected from the abrasive influence of the Atlantic. The other area, of sandy soils, represents 80% of the total surface of the demarcated area of Setúbal wines and includes flat or slightly wavy surfaces rarely exceeding 150mts in height. These soils are poor but ideal for the cultivation of high quality vineyards.

The wine area of Setúbal is a pioneer in making well-built wines, as is the case of the fortified wine Moscatel de Setúbal. Although the region has only been demarcated in 1907 the production of this wine dates back many centuries before.


Heritage in Costa Azul

Find the true nature of the Costa Azul – the Libris of the Serra da Arrábida the Convent of the N º Mrs. Arrábida, the castles that defended Lisbon and the art of Portuguese tiles.

The Costa Azul is a mosaic of possibilities: from the art of making tiles to the dolphin rides in the Sado estuary, from the baroque churches of Setúbal to the unique flora of the Serra da Arrábida; Culture and nature are fully integrated in this world that awaits you. Welcome to the authentic nature of the Blue coast.

Something not to be missed in this visit is the convent of the N ª Mrs. Arrábida, originally founded by the Franciscan monks who built cells, a church and other buildings outside the original enclosure in 1542. This magnificent construction of small buildings on the slopes of the mountains resembles a small village with magnificent views of the sea and the Troia Peninsula.

If you are interested in knowing the maritime life of the region, then it is indispensable to know the fort of Arrábida, dating from the century. XVII. Your mission original was to defend the coast from the attacks of privateers and pirates; Today it houses the Oceanographic Museum of the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park.

For those who like castles this is the place to visit: Relatively close you will find 3 castles that defended Lisbon in the South, the West (Atlantic) and the East (inland). Today we can walk within its walls and ask ourselves how it was possible for such a small population (to the height) to live and thrive among attacks, which could come from so many sides.

No tours to the Setúbal area should be completed before stopping at Cabo Espichel, where the N º. Mrs. Cable is located. Your cult brings us back to 1366. In this place full of strength and agreste beauty, built in conditions of great difficulty we have to look at the almost cosmic scenery, which is facing our eyes: from the dinosaurs whose footprints remained forever inscripts on the rocky cliffs of the Place, to the worship services of our Ms. of Cabo, which flowed here from distant stops, everything is mysterious in this landscape and in these religious buildings...


Nature on the Blue coast

Along the Blue coast there are places where the frenetic rhythm of life is quickly forgotten and where nature is revealed in its fullness. Come and see for yourself.


One step from Paradise

Along the Blue coast there are places where the frenetic rhythm of life is quickly forgotten and where nature is revealed in its fullness. A long coastline of cozy beaches, safe bays and inviting sands call those who visit them for summer holidays.

This area has applied and has won several prizes: the only maritime park in Portugal, member of the Club of the most beautiful stalls in the world and a candidate for World heritage. Impressive, don't you think?

The beaches are often a decisive factor for the choice of vacations and this area has in this regard a wide variety of choice. What are we talking about? From about 25kms of coastline where we can find a lagoon (separated from the sea by dunes) of freshwater and salt water, much sought after by practitioners of windsurfing and other water sports. We then have the Meco, naturist beach whose village is very sought after by the Lisboetas due to its ambience of beach and its restaurants with exquisite but informal atmosphere at the same time. There is also the Portinho da Arrábida with more discreet stalls and offering a more intimate contact with the sea and lastly we have the village of Sesimbra situated on a hillside of the Serra da Arrábida and known for its fish and fresh seafood. Impossible? Come and prove it for yourself.

Further south the estuary of the Sado River has another important nature reserve. This vast ecosystem communicates with the Atlantic Ocean and has a remarkable diversity of landscapes (about 25,000 hectares), for that same reason. The reserve includes sand banks, marshlands, sugarcane fields and forests inside. But the main attraction of the reserve are the dozens of dolphins that live in the estuary and delight children and adults. They are unique in Portugal and very easy to observe. Other endangered species in the area are the bat and the otter.