One of Portugal’s natural gems is the gorgeous Costa Azul, or ‘Blue Coast’, which is just south of Lisbon, the country’s capital city.
Although Lisbon has a cosmopolitan draw, and rich historical culture, once you cross the 25th April Bridge, the scene changes drastically. City life transitions into many kilometers of golden beaches, namely Caparica. From there the blue coast stretches south all the way to fishing port of Sesimbra, known for excellent seafood dining.
Another gorgeous location east of Sesimbra is the Arrábida National Park. with incomparable natural beauty, the Arrábida Natural Park boasts stunning blue waters, white chalk cliffs, and deep green vegetation that covers the mountain range. Between Sesimbra and Arrábida, is Azeitão, is famous for its palaces, monuments and unique wine named Moscatel, which is a sweet, liquorish wine.
Sesimbra, is also a laid back base from which to explore the excellent regional golf including Quinta do Perú, Aroeira, Ribagolfe, and Montado golf courses. The gorgeous backdrop of Costa Azul makes an extraordinary golfing location.
Designed by American architect Rocky Roquemore, Quinta do Peru had a 6,640-yard course, and is one of Golf World magazine’s top 100 courses in Europe. With gorgeous views of the Arrabida Mountains, the course runs through beautiful pine trees for a spectacular golfing experience.
Tagus Estuary Nature Reserve was established in 1976, and is the largest wetland in Portugal and one of the most important in Europe. The reserve is a sanctuary for mollusks, crustaceans, fish, plus many birds that stop during their migration. The Tagus Estuary hosts 50,000 wintering waterfowl including ducks, waders, flamingos, and more!
The Sado Estuary is another protected nature reserve in the Costa Azul region. There have been over 300 species of vertebrae recorded at Sado and it is also a sanctuary got birds such as white storks, herons, and flamingos. The main types of fish include white bream, grey mullet, skate, sole and the Lusitanian toadfish. Take in the beautiful landscapes as you walk the paths or take a salt galleon out on to the stunning Sado estuary.
There is so much beauty and interesting history in Portugal’s Blue Coast. Visit today and experience the wonder for yourself!