Going Back to Paradise|Tróia

This is not the first time I write about Tróia on the blog. The first post was in 2015, while I was still living in Portugal and Tróia was one of my frequent visited beaches.

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Now I don’t have the option to visit it so frequently, which somehow makes the visits even greater. It’s always good to come back to this relaxing peninsula located in Grândola Municipality, Portugal, next to the Sado River estuary.

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To me, this is one of the most beautiful coastlines of Portugal, with a 13km stretch of pristine sands, crystal clear waters and pine forested sand dunes. The beaches aren’t as crowded as the ones in Arrábida, which makes the whole experience even better.

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I usually take the ferry ride across the cooling water of the Sado estuary, while looking for dolphins. But if you definitely want to see the dolphins then you need to try Vertigem Azul’s Sunset Party, which I wrote about in this post.

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So my advice to you is, go visit the scenic and unspoilt eastern shoreline of Tróia. The deserted beaches are a true chance to escape from it all.

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Santiago Hotel Cooking & Nature

This summer, I’ve planned a very relaxing trip to what is called, an obligatory destination on the Alentejo Coast, in Portugal. Nothing compared to holidays at the busy city of Lisbon and nothing compare to the expensive places in Algarve, full of tourists.

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I was searching for a few relaxing days in the sun along with great gastronomy and while being very close to nature.

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The Santiago Hotel Cooking & Nature has gastronomy and culinary as the main attractions, without forgetting the nature, the sports, the nearby ocean and outdoor activities.

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It’s located in the heart of the historic city of Santiago do Cacém, and close to desert beaches, my favourite ones.

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We’ve stayed in a Twin room furnished with two single beds, a balcony with a view of the castle, free Wi-Fi, a very needed coffee machine and a very elegant bathtub with shower. You can find photos of this room or other types of rooms they have to offer here.

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The breakfast was included and no need to explain how delicious it was! From traditional pastries to very fresh fruit and juices, the selection was very varied.

The Santiago Hotel offers several types of cooking lessons, workshops, days with Chef, visits to the local market or even picking vegetables and herbs from the Chef’s garden.

You can visit their free workshops here.

We’ve spent most of the time at the outdoor swimming pool because the weather was really enjoyable and the views of Santiago were very inviting.

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My boyfriend and I ended up spending our 3rd anniversary in this beautiful place and we promised that we definitely need to come back for a longer period of time because it really helps to recharge our energy.

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You can visit the Portugal highlights on my Instagram profile for videos of this amazing place here.

For more information on this hotel, visit Tripadvisor here.

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