About an hour from Lisbon, in Setúbal, you simply take the ferry across the river Sado to get to Troia.
The Troia course, designed by the famous American architect Bobby Jones, is truly integrated into the landscape, and great for the experience of a real golfing challenge. It is one of the best golf courses in Europe. Aslo in the are the 2 Aroeira courses and Quinta do Peru, a perfect combination.
The resort has one of the most extensive beaches in Portugal, 18km long. On the golden sands that extend to the horizon, with the clear waters of the sea on one side and the pine forest on the other. The area is also perfect for windsurfing and sailing, as you can tell by the busy Troia Marina.
Situated close to the sea and traditionally a fishing village, Cascais became popular in the second half of the 19th century and transformed it into a very fashionable summer resort. Nowadays, Cascais is a very lively and cosmopolitan town.
Particularly recommended is a stroll through its streets, where you will find shops of the highest quality, or perhaps you might prefer to enjoy a few moments’ rest at one of the many outdoor cafés and restaurants scattered about the town. The beaches continue to be one of Cascais’ greatest attractions.
Designed by architects known for challenging courses, such as Robert Trent Jones, Rocky Roquemore, Donald Steel, Frank Pennink, Severiano Ballesteros and Jorge Santana da Silva, the golf courses are remarkable for their quality and diversity, combined with the comfort and high level of service in their hotels and club houses.
The mediaeval town of Óbidos is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal.
Quite close to the capital it is located on high ground near the Atlantic coast.
You will find a well preserved castle within the walls, and a maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll amongst. Along with the Manueline porticoes, the colourful window boxes and the small squares, many fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the town’s golden days provide a host of reasons for making a visit.
Any time is good to visit Óbidos. It is an inspiring suggestion for a romantic or simply a peaceful weekend because of the love stories that have been enacted there and for its mediaeval setting; and if you include an overnight stay in the castle, then you’ll attain perfection.
The local cuisine features bouillabaisse made with fish from the Óbidos Lagoon, which will taste even better if accompanied by the wines of the region of Oeste. Another attraction is the famous Ginjinha de Óbidos (sour cherry brandy), which can be enjoyed in various places, preferably drunk from a small chocolate cup.
An all-year-round programme of events makes Óbidos a small but lively town. The most popular are the International Chocolate Festival, the Mediaeval Market and Christmas, when the town is filled with seasonal decorations. Also of note are the Harpsichord and Baroque Classical Music Seasons and the Opera Festival, which lend a special feel to Óbidos, with open-air concerts on warm Summer evenings.
Not far away, is the long stretch of sand of the El Rey Beach, where golfers can revel in a golf course with a view over the Atlantic Ocean.
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