Palmela and Arrabida

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Palmela and Arrabida

Palmela and Arrabida History:The town’s name Palmela comes from its Roman founder, Cornelius (Palmella). The city, once a fortress, was conquered by the Portuguese in the 12th century. The town stands on a hill in the Arrábida mountains. The castle, offers a unique view over the whole region , making i strategic point in past centuries.

The Wine

The region is an important Portuguese wine area. The principal grapes include Alfrocheiro, Arinto, Cabernet, Sauvignon, Fernão Pires, Muscat of Alexandria, Periquita, Rabo de Ovelha, Roupeiro,Tamarez and Tinta Amarela. The soil of the area is predominantly limestone with good drainage potential for the cultivation of red wine varieties. Palmela first gained attention for its  dry white wines made from Muscat grapes. Recently turned its attention to producing red and white table wines.  Quinta da Bacalhoa, JP, Ermelinda de Freitas, Periquita are examples of famous Palmela brands.

The Cheese

Beyond the excellent wines Palmela and Arrabida region has a unique cheese, considered by some specialists the best cheese in the word. For those who appreciate pastry the Tortas de Azeitão are irresistible temptations. With us you will taste both products!

Arrábida Natural Park

In the Palmela and Arrabida tours, the beautiful Serra da Arrábida is one of the most enjoyable places around Lisbon. The wild, craggy mountain range rises 500 meters over the bay of Setúbal, and encompasses the protected Parque Natural da Arrábida. Blanketed with verdant woodland and scrub, this stunning landscape is home to a fascinating variety of flora and fauna, and it’s possible to park the car and follow a number of signed nature trails. For the most dramatic views, follow the Estrada de Escarpa, a narrow winding coastal road that snakes past Sesimbra all the way to Cabo Espichel, a precipitous headland topped by a lighthouse.

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