Grandola, Portugal is both a town and municipality in the district of Setubal with a total area of three hundred and twelve square miles and a population of approximately fifteen thousand inhabitants.
Composed of the following five parishes: Azinheira dos Barros e São Mamede do Azinhal . Carvalhal . Grandola . Melides . Santa Margarida da Serra.
Grandola traces her history from the Bronze Age through Roman occupation up until modern day times and was an important outpost for the Roman Empire which included large scale fish salting and preservation complexes. Parts of these ruins can still be seen today which include spas, bathrooms, salting tanks, a cemetery, and remnants of a basilica with its Paleo-Christian frescoes.
XVI Century: The Kingdom of Grandola had a population of forty-five inhabitants, with an additional two hundred occupying the surrounding countryside and given a Town Charter at the request of the Duke of Coimbra by King Joao III. This Charter was successful in contributing to the growth and development at that time of this somewhat small-scale settlement.
XVII Century: A communal wheat granary was established in order to support and feed the local population which included many of the poorer inhabitants whose majority were made up of the local agricultural worker.
XVIII Century: Grandola was under the protection of the Dukes of Aveiro which then passed to the Dukes of Cadaval and the Marquises of Ferreira.
XIX Century: Great change was to occur with a marked movement from agriculture and fishing to newer small industries such as mining and cork cultivation.
Present day Grandola the town is typical of the Alentejo in that it is set within the surrounding countryside of agricultural plains, fields of ageing cork and more recent eucalyptus and pine trees. Grandola is extremely hot throughout the summer months with temperatures reaching 45 degrees celsius and as low as freezing point in the winter.
Grandola is known as the birthplace of the 1974 revolution which ousted the then fascist dictator Salazar. Known as the Carnation Revolution it gained worldwide renown as a revolution that succeeded without the firing of any weaponry.
This Revolution is remembered by the folk song written by Zéca Afonso in the 1960’s “Grandola, Vila Morena” which was his tribute to the comradeship and social conscience of the local working population. This song was used as the command signal to commence the peaceful revolution on the eve of the legendary 25th of April by the Captains of the military who lead this bloodless coup d’état.
Grandola boasts some fifty-five kilometres of incredible white sandy beaches which stretch from troiaresort at the tip of the Troia peninsula all the way down to Melides.
Troia . Soltroia . Comporta . Brejos da Carregueira . Carvalhal . Pego . Aberta Nova . Pinheiro da Cruz . Melides
The Sado estuary and surrounding areas are home to as many as two hundred different varieties of birds throughout the year and a plethora of fish and shellfish including sea bass, red mullet, cuttlefish and sole. The area boasts cork, oak, pear, orange and many other varieties of trees and shrubbery which are local habitat for many species of fauna.
Horse riding . Golf . Water-skiing . Kayaking . Surfing . Swimming . Walking . Jogging . Windsurf . Scuba diving . Hunting (boar, rabbit, hare, quail, wild pigeon) . Fishing (on and offshore) . Bird watching
Grandola and in fact all areas of the Alentejo in Portugal are known throughout the country as one of the best areas to be wined and dined with many arguing that the gastronomy here is the finest in all of Portugal. The local production of quality wines is also undisputed and unrivalled anywhere.
The handicraft industry in and around Grandola includes many items produced for residents and visitors alike including wrought iron, weaving, tapestry, wooden furniture, pottery, cork and leather items and goods.
Grandola offers the visitor and resident a different types of accommodation including the typical Portuguese Quinta set within the countryside to five-star luxury hotels and even beachside camping sites and is undoubtedly one of the prettiest parts of Portugal.
Recent multi-million Euro investments within the local tourist industry and infrastructures, has made Grandola one of the ‘hottest’ areas to visit and own property in Portugal.
Carvalhal Portugal is a parish located within the municipality of Grandola which also incorporates both Comporta and Troia. The village is located just to the side of the Atlantic Ocean and grew up along with the local industries of agriculture, wood, and tourism.
Carvalhal boasts some of the most pristine beaches in Portugal, many of which have earned the Gold Standard award including Praia do Carvalhal and Praia do Pego. The parish of Carvalhal is probably most famous for its Roman ruins positioned along the Troia peninsula and today benefits from the local production of both rice and wines.
Carvalhal Village is approximately 3 kilometres from the beach and due to the expansion of the local tourist industry is now starting to benefit from the influx of the tourist Dollar. Carvalhal property prices are fair when compared with the luxury developments in Troia, however because of the limited availability of housing stock, prices are on the rise.
Although limited, you can still find a number of properties that are in need of repair, however unless you are willing to meander through the halls of the planning department and hire local builders you may decide to opt for a newly constructed property first.
Muda is a tiny hamlet that lies on the road between Carvalhal and Bicas on the way to Grandola. This little hamlet is made up of around 30 small houses and farmland and was once where the travellers exchanged their horses for their horse drawn carriagies. When referring to Muda, nowadays, most people refer to the huge land mass behind this hamlet which houses some of the finest estates in the area.
Muda is the most exclusive country estate area of Comporta and is actually closer to the elitist beach area of Pego than the much-privileged area of Brejos da Carregueira de Baixo. Muda is the area where most people search for a large country estate and ever since the land was sub-divided by the Herdade da Comporta, Portugal in the late 1990’s early 2000’s property sales have boomed. In fact, it is difficult to find land here unless you are now prepared to open a company for agriculture or tourism.
Muda is also home to the much-sought hotel Sublime Comporta, Portugal which after its initial success is now planning to expand its hotel rooms, services and country villas which will be for sale.
Sol Troia is situated at the centre of the Troia peninsula and lies almost equally between Troia Resort and Comporta. Approximately eighty percent of the condominium juxtaposes the Atlantic Ocean with the remainder on the Sado River and Estuary; thus, divided by a single carriageway which runs the length of the peninsula.
Not too long after the ’74 revolution when many of the wealthier Portuguese families for fear of their safety fled to foreign shores, this barren and abandoned parcel of land became the private “playground” for a number of the elite from Arab society. As the area became more popular, more parcels of land were sub-divided until it became what it is known as today, Sol Tróia Mar and Río Private Condominium.
Sol Troia has always been a privileged area to own a Portuguese coastal property and over the years has blossomed into a private estate with mature gardens full of indigenous plants and shrubbery. Her pavements are lined with palm trees and her flowers portray all year round. Her gardens are kept in immaculate condition and her lakes provide an oasis in the sun.
The gated condominium has twenty-four-hour security and patrols, a small supermarket, a number of boutiques and a couple of cafes. Throughout the summer you are able to enjoy your lunch or dinner at the members club and take refreshments at the shore. Sol Tróia boasts some of the most beautiful beaches to be found anywhere in Portugal and her peninsula stretches approximately seventeen kilometers from north to south and from east to west is at some parts up to one and a half kilometres wide.
Troia, Portugal is a stunningly beautiful peninsula located about 40 minutes south of Lisbon in the Municipality of Grandola. Troia faces both the Serra da Arrabida Nature Reserve and the fishing and commercial port of Setubal. The Peninsula stretches from its pinnacle all the way down to the village of Comporta and boasts 17km of pristine beaches abutted by a narrow nature reserve and bird sanctuary.
The peninsula is also home to the two-thousand-year-old Roman ruins, the beach-side condominium Soltroia, Pestana Troia Eco-Resort, Troiaresort a luxury beachfront development whilst other large names are on their way.
Troia may be reached by ferry from the city of Setubal which takes a thirty-minute crossing time or alternatively can be reached by car via Alcacer do Sal or Grandola. To reach Troia from Lisbon it takes approximately one hour and twenty minutes at a steady road speed. Troia is a stunning area of natural beauty and is a temporary home to over two species of birds, much fauna and a much-loved pod of dolphins.
Due to her incredible beauty and charm Tróia and the surrounding areas have become a privileged destination for the rich and famous and is the perfect place for that deserved relaxation or for those of us who enjoy any number of outdoor pursuits.
Troia Resort, Portugal is a spectacular real estate development that combines first class tourism with modern luxury accommodation set within an environment of natural beauty located at the northern pinnacle of the Troia Peninsula.
Troiaresort provides an exclusive selection of luxury hotels, ocean, river and lake view apartments, modern linked family villas and high-end development plots for highly prized architectural masterpiece detached villas.
Troiaresort is set within 440 hectares of natural habitat, boasting 3 luxury hotels, 184 birth marina, Troia Championship Golf Course, (2 more to be added in Comporta), Casino with a number of restaurants and boutiques located within and around the central area.
This beachfront resort is not your typical tourist destination, in that the master plan was designed and tailored around the existing environment rather than created with a full commercial mentality and caters for the traveller who likes time to themselves, open spaces, stunning beaches and tranquillity.
Throughout the seasons you may enjoy sea and river fishing, sailing, wind surfing, sun worship, kayaking, golf, sailing, running, cycling and stroll at your leisure many of her stunningly beautiful trails. Troia has an extremely small number of full-time residents with her numbers only swelling in the summer months. The neighbourhoods along the peninsula are Vilas do Mar, troiaresort, troia vila and Soltroia.
Troiaresort real estate is for a particular mindset with current owners including Jose Mourinho and Michael Ballack.
The apartments vary in size between 60 to 200 m²
Troia Resort apartment styles include studios, 1, 2 or 3 beds
The apartments vary in size between 68 to 105 m²
Troia Resort apartment styles include, 1 or 2 beds
Golf Plots / Villas
Plot sizes vary between 1254 to 2400 m²
The newly built villas will be 343 m2
Lake Plots and Villas
Plot sizes vary between 1200 to 2600 m²
The newly built villas will be 343 m2
Park Plots and Villas
Plot sizes vary between 1277 to 2400 m²
The newly built villas will be 343 m2
Seafront Plots and Villas
Plot sizes vary between 2000 to 2668 m² Sold Out
The newly built villas will be 343 m2
1st, 2nd, or 3rd floor studios or 1 bed apartments
Two Bedroom Villas
Architect – Intergraup
Architect – J.J. Silva Garcia
Architect – João Paciência
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