Tróia, Portugal

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Tróia
Tróia Beach is located in the convergence of the river Sado with the Atlantic Ocean, in the extreme of the Peninsula of Tróia. This extreme counts on 3 beaches properly concessioned, they are Tróia-Mar, Tróia-Bico das Lulas and Tróia Galé. Access is allowed by wooden walkways that are properly installed on the dunes that surround the area of ​​the beaches. On a walk along these footpaths you can observe the exuberant vegetation and glimpse the extension of the sand, sea or river, as well as all the species of birds that reside in this magnificent habitat.

The beach of Tróia has good accessibility counting on parks of parking, supports of beach, restaurants and sanitary facilities accessible to all its visitors, including the disabled people.

In this beach of extensive sand and clear waters there are installed structures that provide excellent conditions for the practice of sports and leisure activities, such as volleyball, football and rugby. In addition, the sea conditions also offer surfing, bodyboarding and sailing lessons in a school of this modality located at the north end of the beach.

On the beach you can relax under one of the parasols available there, if you do not want to bother to carry your own to the beach. If you prefer, you can take a stroll along the extensive white sand and enjoy the stunning beauty all around. From here you can see the Serra da Arrábida, a mountainous beauty descending towards the Atlantic Ocean. If you are lucky, either from land or on a boat trip, you can still catch a glimpse of dolphins-roaz, a species that lives in the Sado estuary with a high protection status.

The Beach of Troia is considered one of the best urban beaches of the country due to its location, landscape and environmental excellence and also for its excellent conditions and diversity of the services offered to its visitors.

Its conditions of excellence are certified by the annual award to the Praia de Tróia-Mar da Bandeira Azul. This flag recognizes that the criteria that makes this a beach of excellence are effectively met. Thus, you can count on criteria such as water quality, environmental quality and accessibility are guaranteed on this magnificent beach.

The trio of Tróia (Tróia-Mar, Bico das Lulas and Troia Galé) consists of beautiful beaches and is relatively close to the metropolitan area of ​​Lisbon. So you can easily spend a few days of rest with good food in one of the many restaurants or have fun in the casino or one of the cafes / bars in the surrounding area. This is a place of excellence for your summer holidays that you should not miss.
Tourism
The Tróia peninsula has numerous charms to discover that delight all those who visit: Beaches of fine sand and crystal clear sea for those seeking a refuge where to relax, dream landscapes for nature lovers, Roman ruins and other monuments for history buffs, and a wide range of sports of all kinds for the more active.

The temperate climate combined with the unusual landscape of the region, where the blue of the sea blends in with the green of the mountains, makes the beaches of Troia very popular. The Tróia-Mar Beach, bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, offers a breathtaking panorama over the Arrábida Mountain, which lies just ahead.

It is an easily accessible beach, since it is close to the touristic developments, the road and the dock where the ferry that assures the connection to Setúbal. With a sea without waves, it has support infrastructures, such as a sailing school and windsurfing and spaces equipped for the practice of volleyball, soccer and rugby.

Praia do Bico das Lulas is a beach of fine sand, bathed by a very calm sea, almost without waves. Its extensive beach is surrounded by dunes and has support infrastructures that include delimited spaces and equipped for the practice of volleyball, soccer and rugby.

For its part, the Atlantic Beach (Soltróia) has white sand dunes and a calm and clear sea where, with luck, you can watch dolphins swimming in the distance. Next to the beach, equipped with complete support infrastructures, is the Soltróia Tourist Complex, which is necessary to cross to access the beach.

You can start with the Serra da Arrábida, which surrounds Troia, and is described by some as "the most beautiful bay in the world". It extends over the Atlantic, at about 500 meters of altitude, along the coast between Setúbal and Sesimbra.

The Serra da Arrábida Natural Park was established in 1976 and covers an area of ​​10,800 hectares, bounded by Setúbal, Palmela, Azeitão, Sesimbra and the ocean.

The Sado Estuary Natural Reserve covers most of the Sado Estuary, extending over an area of ​​23,160 hectares. It can be explored through jeep cruises or circuits, which offer unforgettable moments. It is in this estuary that is a resident population of dolphins-roazes, composed by 30 animals, a unique case in the country and little common in Europe.

History buffs will find an interesting archaeological site in Troy. With vestiges of the industrial and religious activity and the urban life of the Romans, it is possible to explore the ruins of several nuclei of factories linked to the fish preserve, a set of dwellings, the thermal baths, the paleocristan basilica and the Necropolis, among other things.

The Chapel of Our Lady of Troy was built by the Order of Santiago in the fifteenth century and is a small chapel that is in the middle of the Caldera and testifies to the fervent belief of the maritime inhabitants of the area.

The Tourist Complex of Tróia offers several structures for the practice of sport, among which the Tróia Golf, an 18-hole golf course, stands out. It has a breathtaking view of the ocean and a cozy club house set in a pine setting and awaits quiet matches.

The hotel's facilities in the area also offer a wide range of outdoor activities that can be organized with visitors, among which are off-road, quadricycle or horseback riding, kayakes and canoes.

The Marina of Troy is situated at the northern end of the peninsula, facing the Sado River and occupying an area of ​​about 2.7 hectares. It has capacity for 184 recreational boats and one of the spaces with greater visibility of this tourist destination.

One of the most recent tourist developments on the peninsula of Troy is the Casino. Opened on January 1, 2011, it has an area of ​​about 4,000 square meters and is distinguished by the innovation of the offer, the bold contemporary architecture and multimedia equipment. The game area consists of 226 slot machines and 16 game tables.
Gastronomy
The gastronomic offer of Tróia is one of the important attractions of the region which, due to the deep connection of its inhabitants with the sea, is distinguished by the quality of the fresh fish, seafood and bivalve dishes. These can be made on the grill or in more elaborate dishes, such as seafood stew, rice pudding or octopus, soups and fish, and eels (stew, stew or fried).

In addition to the delicious fish and seafood dishes, the flavors of the Costa Azul region include the aroma of the creamy Azeitão cheeses, the Moscatel and the wines produced in the Setúbal peninsula and regional sweets.

Some of the specialties of the region are alcomonias (sweet of Arab origin whose main ingredients are the honey and pine nuts) and the sweets of pine nuts of Melides. The delicious Azeitão pies can also be found in this region.
Weather
In the area of ​​the Sado estuary and surrounding area of ​​Tróia à Comporta the climate can be classified as mild.
The temperatures, due to the typical climatic conditions of the zone, vary according to the seasons of the year, however do not usually reach very high peaks or too low. The annual average temperature is around 16 ° C, with July and August being the hottest months, with peaks around 22 ° C (average value) and January being the coldest month, with average temperatures below 10 ° C.
Throughout the year the rainfall index is moderate and the months with the highest incidence are those of November to February. The driest months are those of July and August, when the highest maximum temperatures are also recorded.
The area of ​​the estuary is a sheltered area, with port facilities that invite you to stay in its waters.
In this zone you can be anchored in the ports of Sesimbra, Setúbal or in the magnificent marina of Troia where you will easily have access to all the surrounding facilities.
The winds in this area can be north and northwest as well as east on some occasions being a bit stronger in the summer months, however never bothering enough to disturb your stay in this area of ​​fantastic beaches and river.
Also, but not only for its climatic characteristics, Tróia is one of the best destinations to spend your holidays or a weekend getaway, which is why it attracts countless tourists every year throughout the year.
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