Stretching from the tip of Costa da Caparica with her views to Lisbon; all the way down to the top of the Algarve, the Blue Coast Portugal has become one of the hottest property spots and tourist destinations in the whole of Europe. If you are intending to buy in Portugal, investment magazines and property Guru’s are recommending that before you view any other homes for sale in Portugal, that you visit the Blue Coast first.
The Costa Azul as it is known to the Portuguese has always been one of their favourite tourist destinations and is abundantly blessed with diverse landscapes and pristine beaches that for thousands of years were untouched by man.
The area boasts thousands of hectares of protected natural habitat which include the Fossil Cliffs in Cabo Espichel, the Serra da Arrabida Nature Reserve and mountain ranges that overlook the Atlantic Ocean; bird sanctuaries, dolphin observation on the Sado Estuary and the enchanting freshwater lakes and lagoons in Sancha and Santo Andre.
The Blue Coast Portugal is an historical and magical part of the Portuguese landscape and is covered with a variety of flora that changes colours as each season passes. The crystal clear ocean that mixes its natural blue and green often reflects like a mirror in its calm and stillness which invites you to relax on her private beaches which are banked by anciently formed dunes of eons past.
The small towns of Costa da Caparica, Sesimbra and the village of Aldeia do Meco are located between the tip of the Blue Coast and roll all the way down through to the Serra da Arrabida. The Serra begins on the hillsides of Sesimbra and winds through Palmela, Azeitão and a number of other small villages and hamlets until it reaches the sea town of Setubal. Here you will find one of Portugal’s oldest fishing ports which is still very much in operation today.
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From Setubal you will take the ferry across the Sado Estuary with her mud-flats and net-casting fishermen; and home to the otter, badger and her own pod of Bottlenose dolphins. Your thirty minute ferry ride will take you to the Troia peninsula where the latest developments of luxury tourism are taking place.
The Troia peninsula throughout her different seasons is home to almost two hundred species of birds including the stork, the Harrier and the heron, and at one time was an influential area both for Bronze Age Man and at a much later stage the Roman Empire. In fact even today the Roman ruins may be visited with the assistance of a guide on the first Saturday of every month, where you will see the Roman spas, shrines and hippodrome.
From here you may travel the single road onto to Comporta, Carvalhal and Melides, passing through a number of small villages and roadside towns. You will travel through some of the prettiest terrain and will marvel at the scenic beauty where the ocean touches the shore majestically mingling the blue of the ocean and the green of the landscape.
Along your journey you will see much agricultural cultivation including rice, grass, vegetable fields, fruit groves, vines and cork oaks all winding the coast as you head south, and not forgetting the Blue Coast beaches of unrivalled charm and peace.
As you move further south along the Alentejo coastline you will pass the deep water port of Sines and onto Porto Covo, and Vila Novo Mil Fontes along the St Vincent coast.
The cultural diversity of its villages and people with their unique and individual festivals and fairs will enable you to enjoy and celebrate every day as each town and city has its own historical story which can be seen in their costume, customs, manor homes and castles; with pilgrimage taken at the local churches, chapels, and shrines.
For your pleasure you may enjoy a selection of activities which include sailing, kayaking, surfing, windsurf, water-ski, motor-boat cruising, scuba diving, on or offshore angling and horse riding, to suggest but a few.
One of your most enjoyable experiences will be found at the dining table, the Blue Coast Portugal has some of the richest and most delightfully tasting menus to be found throughout the whole of the country; and add to this a variety of superb wines which are produced locally throughout the area and your time here will be a memorable journey that lasts forever.
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