Setúbal– The Arrábida Natural Park extends over an area of about 11000 hectares, situated between the village of Sesimbra and the town of Setúbal, the palmela hill and the sea; areas of the municipalities of Setúbal, Palmela and Sesimbra. The natural characteristics of Arrábida, includes peripheral elevations of the Natural Park, such as the mountains of S. Luís, Gaiteiros, S. Francisco and Louro reaches its highest exponent with the Serra da Arrábida, limestone, place where there is contact of the relief set of Arrábida with the sea.
The Arrábida Natural Park, an area of excellent landscape examples, of a culture, history and centuries-old traditions, with an important economic and tourist value. The Convent of Arrábida, founded in 1542 by Franciscan friars, presents itself harmoniously in the surrounding landscape. They are mandatory places to visit and visit, as well as its beautiful beaches, namely Figueirinha, Galapos beach or Portinho da Arrábida.
At the top of the city of Setúbal is the fortress of S. Filipe (built in 1590), where an Pousada is installed integrated into the network of inns of Portugal. The landscape allows you to see the city of Setúbal and the River Sado.
Alcochete– Alcochete is believed to have Arabic origin, due to two factors: the name Al caxete that could mean the oven and the location of the Mother Church, built in the 14th century and which, according to the tradition of the time, was built on an Arab temple. Land of salineiros and peasants, the municipality of Alcochete, on the edge of the Tagus has a beautiful gastronomy based on fish and seafood. Sweets, stoves and rice pudding are also unforgettable.
The Vasco da Gama Bridge, and the demographic explosion that followed it, as well as the Sporting Club de Portugal Sports Complex have thrown Alcochete into the limelight of events and history.
In Alcochete the river beach of Moinhos is rich in iode and is on the bank of the Tagus River. Near the place the Samouco, which invites you to a walk through its streets. In the east direction, the salt pans and the Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve are places to visit. The Nature Reserve has protected nature areas, with extensive sapais, and several species of birds, including the pink flamingo.
Alcácer do Sal – Historic city, leaning in amphitheater over the River Sado, populated with old medieval neighborhoods and surrounded by a Castle of Muslim base. Within the walls it is possible to observe interesting traces of various eras and of the various occupants- Romans and Arabs, among others. Nowadays, the Pousada de D. Afonso II is installed there.
A few kilometers from the city of Alcácer, following the course of the River Sado downstream, is the Natural Reserve of the Estuary of Sado, which develops over about 23000 hectares, most of which correspond to wetlands, namely canals, standers and sapais.
Comporta and Tróia are within walking distance of the ocean coast and are places with increasing tourist importance. Magnificent beaches that offer an extensive white sand facing the clear waters of the Atlantic. One of the main productions of comporta is rice.
The Barrage of Pego do Altar and the village of Santa Susana are other places recommended to know in the vicinity of Alcácer do Sal.
Sesimbra – An important nautical and fishing center, Sesimbra emerges with its castle, which was taken to the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques in 1165.
As a fishing village, Sesimbra is the ideal place to feel the atmosphere of the maritime faina and taste an octopus rice, the fish stew, the seafood açorda, the roasted sardines, a squid stew, or several fresh grilled fish.
In the present, Sesimbra adds to its historical tradition a strong tourist vocation. From the impressive cliffs of Cabo Espichel (highlight of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Cape, of the eighteenth century) to the Natural Park of Arrábida, passing through the various beaches to the surrounding forests of Lagoa de Albufeira, is one of the most diverse municipalities in terms of offer of the Blue Coast.
Sines– Dista 150km from Lisbon, is located on the coast of southwestern Alentejo, is bordered to the south with the municipality of Odemira and to the north and northeast with the municipality of Santiago do Cacém.
Around 1469, Vasco da Gama was born in Sines, one of the greatest figures in Portuguese and European history, the discoverer of the sea route to India.
It is currently an important centre of commerce and services, with ports, polymer production, electricity production, fuel, fishing and tourism.
Its main monuments and buildings of interest are: the Sines Castle, Sines Museum/ Vasco da Gama house, Church of Our Lady of the Rooms, Mother Church and the Sines Arts Centre.
16 km south is Porto Covo. A charming fishing village whose wide, by the geometrism and regularity of its white houses with blue bars, is a living testimony of the popular architecture of the eighteenth century.
It has several natural values, with several magnificent beaches, the Island of Pessegueiro or the Albufeira de Morgavel. To the north of the municipality is the Nature Reserve of Lagoa de Santo André. The South of the municipality is part of the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina.
The Island of Pessegueiro (situated off Porto Covo), is an important place in landscape and historical level. It was the place where in Roman times there was a port center and producer of fish preserves, and refuge of pirates for centuries. In the seventeenth century a fort was built in the time of D. Pedro II, where its moat and walls almost intact are visible to the present date.