Grandola Portugal

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.

The municipality is composed of the following five parishes:

Azinheira dos Barros e São Mamede do Azinhal

Grandola

Melides

Santa Margarida da Serra

Carvalhal

Atlantic Coast in Grandola

Grandola traces her history from the Bronze Age through Roman occupation up until modern day times.

An important outpost for the Roman Empire which included large scale fish salting and preservation complexes.

Roman ruins

Can be seen today including 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 was 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.

Rice Museum

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.

Typical Country Houses in Comporta

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.

It is extremely hot throughout the summer months with temperatures reaching 45 degrees celcius and as low as freezing point in the winter.

Grandola is best known as the birthplace of the 1974 revolution which ousted the then fascist dictator Salazaar.

Known as the Carnation Revolution it gained worldwide renown as a revolution that succeeded without the firing of any weaponry.

This Revolution is best 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.

The 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.

Melides Beach and Cafe

White sandy beaches

Grandola boasts some fifty plus kilometres of incredible shoreline which stretches from Troia at the tip of the peninsula all the way down to Melides.

These spectacular and often uninhabited beaches include

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.

Activities

Horse-riding

Golf

Birding

Skiing, kayaking, surfing, swimming, walking, jogging, windsurf, scuba diving, hunting (boar, rabbit, hare, quail, wild pigeon) fishing (on and off-shore), and .

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 undisputed.

The handicraft industry in Grandola includes wrought iron, weaving, tapestry, wooden furniture, pottery, cork and leather goods.

The types of accommodation vary from the typical Portuguese Quinta set within the countryside to five star luxury hotels to beach-side camping sites.

The surroundings include some of the prettiest parts of Portugal and with the recent multi-million Euro investment within the local tourist industry and infrastructures, is sure to be one of the ‘hottest’ areas to visit and own property in Portugal.

 

Restaurants in Grandola

A Talha

Traditional Alentejo Cuisine

Rua D. Nuno Alvares Pereira, CC O Lagar, Loja 17

Tel: 269 086 942

 

Espaco Garrett

Traditional Alentejo Cuisine

Largo de Manuel Gaio de Almeida, 4

Tel: 269 451 790

 

Litoral do Alentejo

Fish and Seafood

Rua D. Afonso Henriques, Lot 13

Tel: 269 441 286

 

A Espiga

Traditional Alentejo Cuisine

Rua Dr. Jose Pereira Barradas, 4

Tel: 269 449 190 / 961 164 930

 

Sabores da Praca

Signature Cuisine

Praca Joao de Deus

Tel: 269 449 011 / 912 363 671

 

Villa Mariscos

Beer House, Fish and Seafood

Avenida Antonio Inacio da Cruz, 26

Tel: 967 067 698

 

Cruzamento

Traditional Alentejo Cuisine

Estrada Nacional, between Grandola and Alcacer do Sal

Tel: 269 476 541 / 968 089 352

 

Services

Computers and IT

Pedro Leitao – 96 567 6741 ***

Rua Afonso de Albuquerque Grandola

 

Taxi in Grandola

Tel: Joao Sobral +351 925 321 500

Rua Almeida Garrett, 28, 7570-177 Grandola

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