Carrasqueira, Portugal is positioned within the Sado Nature Reserve and is located on the banks of the Sado Estuary.
A large proportion of the Reserve is agricultural land which is owned by HdC (Herdade da Comporta) which many believe took its roots from the House of Espirit do Santo whom after the revolution in 1836 were granted the land rights for many thousands of acres.
The agricultural land in Carrasqueira and estuary were always worked by migrant labour who over the years settled the land, living within the traditional organic “Fishermen” Cabanas which can still be seen today.
In fact over recent years these homes in many instances have been restored or newly rebuilt and those which are still in a state of disrepair are now protected.
The migrant workers during the periods between the 1940’s and the 1970’s, numbered in the many thousands, and it wasn’t until the advent of the mechanical farm that these numbers would reduce significantly.
Today in Carrasqueira, there are still a number of local inhabitants whom till the land they lease from Herdade da Comporta and many a small fishing boat can still be seen casting their nets over the Sado.
Due to the recent developments along the Troia Peninsula Coastline associated with tourism many of the younger villagers have given up their parents professions and have taken to working within the tourist sector.
This has meant a rise in disposable income which is reflected in the small amount of new construction that Carrasqueira is now seeing and the rise in property prices.
Many of the properties that are for sale in Carrasqueira are still located on land owned by the Herdade da Comporta and can only be bought with their permission.
Carrasqueira boasts a main high street where most of the commercial activities will be found. This includes restaurants, bars, cafes and a couple of small general stores and supermarkets.
Where to Eat and Drink
O Barco do Sado
Av. dos Pescadores – 265 497 007
Av. dos Pescadores – 265 497 003
O Frango Assado
Av. dos Pescadores – 265 497 399
Av. dos Pescadores – 265 497 123
O Retiro do Pescador
Av. dos Pescadores – 265 497 172
Santiago. O Rei do Choco
Av. dos Pescadores – 265 497 179
Rua 25 de Abril
Between Carrasqueira and Possanco
Bar, cafe and Restaurant
Builders Merchants Leonardo
Av. dos Pescadores – 265 497 161
Av. dos Pescadores – 96 746 3869
Av. dos Pescadores
Rua do Pinhal – 265 497 275