So, you have explored the yellow sand beaches of the Algarve in the south of Portugal. You know a thing or two about Portuguese wines from your last trip to the Douro Valley. Now you are wondering if it is possible to get better than that! We say, YES! You haven’t discovered the magic of Portugal’s Blue Coast yet and its surrounding areas!
Otherwise known as the Costa Azul, the Blue Coast and its surroundings is renowned among locals and discerning-travellers in-the-know as a
serene region full of breathtaking natural landscape, rich cultural heritage and culinary delights that redefine the concept of authentic travel. Couple that with Tripwix’s local knowhow to arrange fabulous experiences and recommend the best luxury rental homes and you have a match made in heaven.
Read on to find out more about the Blue Coast and this captivating region of Portugal.
Breathtaking Natural Beauty on the Blue Coast
As you might expect, the Blue Coast is famed for its breathtaking shoreline. A visit to the pristine beaches of Portinho da Arrábida and Galapos is an absolute must for those seeking tranquility and picturesque surroundings. Portinho da Arrábida Beach is a large sandy area located south of the Setúbal peninsula. It has often served as a set for movies and TV advertising due to its unique beauty. It is also a great choice for snorkelling, paddle surfing (with a glass bottom board!!), and diving.
Beyond its beaches, the natural beauty of this region extends to the Arrábida Mountains including the beautiful villages of Azeitão and Sesimbra and the vibrant city of Setúbal. Known for its awe-inspiring natural landscapes, the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park is a must-see. Its rugged mountains, lush greenery, and crystal-clear waters, provides a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Tripwix guests can explore the famous Arrábida hiking trails, take scenic drives, or enjoy a multitude of water activities.
Wine and Gastronomy
Azeitão is renowned for its rich winemaking heritage. Tripwix guests staying in one of the recommended luxury homes in this region can indulge in wine tours and tastings at local vineyards. You can savour the intricacies of the Moscatel de Setúbal and other fine wines produced in the region. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the historic José Maria da Fonseca winery. Established in 1834, here you can train your taste buds with exceptional wines while immersing yourself in the fascinating history of winemaking.
Additionally, the Azeitão area is famous for its traditional culinary delights. Sample the delectable Azeitão cheese, a sheep’s milk cheese with a distinctive flavour. Likewise, you can enjoy local specialties such as grilled fish and fresh seafood dishes. A visit to the lively local markets provides an opportunity to embrace the vibrant colours, scents, and flavours of the region.
The Azeitão, Serra da Arrábida, Setúbal, and Sesimbra areas boast a rich cultural heritage, offering a glimpse into Portugal’s storied past. Explore the charming village of Azeitão, with its historic buildings, quaint streets, and picturesque squares. The 18th-century Palácio da Bacalhôa, an elegant estate surrounded by beautiful gardens, houses an impressive art collection and provides a glimpse into the region’s noble history. On the other hand, Setúbal, is a city steeped in maritime tradition. Visitors can explore its historic centre, visit the impressive São Filipe Castle, and enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Sado Estuary. Meanwhile, Sesimbra is a picturesque fishing village where you can navigate its narrow streets, visit the medieval castle, and indulge in freshly caught seafood in one of the many charming waterfront restaurants.
Now it’s time for you to see for your self just how this region embodies the perfect fusion of luxury, natural beauty, and culture. From awe-inspiring landscapes and fine wines to rich gastronomy and historical charm, these areas offer a wealth of unique experiences for Tripwix guests. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural stimulation, this region promises an unforgettable getaway that will leave you with cherished memories and a deep appreciation for Portugal’s Blue Coast.
Contact us today to find out how we can tailor your stay in this region.