Tróia: Portugal’s Best Kept Secret
Portugal’s best kept secret, Tróia has an extensive calendar of special events and activities planned for the summer season.
The laid-back 18km beach retreat is a mere hour away from Lisbon and is accessible via a short and scenic ferry ride across the River Sado, which is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Arrábida mountain range.
Known for its chilled vibes is the perfect escape from the city with the 11,000 hectare Arrábida National Park provide a stunning location for hiking, cycling or walking and during the summer, horse riding is also available at the park and surrounding countryside.
If you prefer spending time in the sea then why not try your hand at activities such as windsurfing and sailing through to scuba diving and stand-up paddle boarding.
If you’re more interested in marine life, then why not take a boat trip to spot the 31 bottlenose dolphins at their resident colonies in one of the world’s best places to go dolphin-watching and spotting grazing seahorses throughout the
Evenings on the beach include a summer line-up of laid-back sets from Portuguese DJs and artists including DJ Villanova and DJ Monchique as well as special ‘Haunted Nights’ at the nearby Roman Ruins, a National Monument dating from the 1st Century AD.
Though if you need something more relaxing then why not catch a free, open air movie screening offered by The Beach Club against the backdrop of a setting sun or perhaps taking a cruise which will serve guests on board with a delicious seafood meal after departing from the Marina.
And if seafood isn’t to your fancy then why not get an authentic taste of Portuguese during the street food festival on until 2nd September.
As well as having an 18-hole golf course designed by famous American golf architect Trent Jones and considered one of the country’s finest, there is also a tennis court and yoga and Pilates classes as well as a Kids Club for children between four to ten years old.
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