Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sports during your holidays

The region of Setubal and Troia is well-known because of the possibility of practicing several sports, like:

Water sports: These include surf, swimming, scuba-diving, sailing, fishing and windsurf. There is a sailing school and a scuba-diving school where you can rent a sailing boat and equipment and also have lessons , with a range of classes for varying abilities.
If you chose scuba diving, a popular activity, there is many diverse types of fish and underwater sea life to see. Water sports here are a truly unique experience since is where the river meets the sea.

Troia was the host of the 2009 ISAF World Sailing Troia Portugal Match Cup.

Golf: The Troia Golf course is considered amongst Golf players to be one of the best top golf courses of the world and was considered by “Golf World” magazine to be one of the best 100 Golf courses of Europe. Robert Trent Jones Senior designed the course and it opened for play in 1980.

The 368-metre par four 3rd is one of the finest sea holes in Portugal but there are more stunning holes in this course. The holes are laid out on the dunes whilst magnificent pinewoods line most of the fairways on the inland side. The course is challenging but whilst playing the player has charming views across the sand to the magnificent blue Atlantic. There are also Golf lessons available.

Nature: Mountain biking and nature walks are good options if you like being surrounded by nature. And with Arrabida near, it will be a real pleasure. The Arrabida Mountain range soon will be considered world heritage due to its beautiful nature reserve.This location is perfect if you’re looking for the tranquility and peace that only the contact with nature offers. If you want to know a bit of history as well, you can also visit the 16th Century Roman ruins in Troia. Whatever your choice don’t forget to take your water bottle and your camera with you!

Football: Being the homeland of Jose Mourinho, this place couldn’t miss having football fields. There are 3 in Troia for you to play and why not making a visit to the local football team “Vitoria de Setubal”, where Mourinho started his career as a football coach?

Beach sports: Running and beach volley are only two of the sports you can practice in the more than 40km of white sandy beaches in the Troia region. Contrary to the Algarve, the beaches are not crowded so you can truly enjoy your activities.

Tennis: There is a tennis academy in Troia with 10 green courts for you to play day and night. They also offer tennis lessons if you want to learn a new sport while on holidays!

Bowling: There are 6 bowling lanes in Troia and its combination of fun, facilities, staff and service makes the bowling a good choice when it comes to choosing a leisure activity for a great time out during your holidays.The difference is striking!

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