Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Zé Mário Mourinho, One of Us

Tribute from Portugal Dream Coast to a special person from Setúbal

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Seagull Again Party

See what Seagull used to be and what Seagull Again will be on the 15 May 2010!

Register now for this fantastic party in the Setúbal region.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bookings are now open for the Seagull Again!

See everything that'll happen at the Seagull Again weekend:

The hotel where you can stay, the activities in the Setúbal region and, of course, the stunning party at the Tróia Design Hotel on the 15th May!

Limited places available, so secure your booking now:

Seagull Again Weekend

Sunday, April 18, 2010

150 years that Setúbal was elevated to a city

On the 19th April 2010 Setúbal commemorates 150 years that was elevated to a city.

Setúbal was born from the river and the sea and became one of Portugal's most important commercial and industrial centres in the 19th century. It was elevated to a city in 1860 by King Pedro V of Portugal.

Many events and celebrations are taking place, celebrating not only being elevated to a city but also all the years of history that runs trough Setubal streets. In fact, if you go for a walk here, you're able to breathe and feel its history.

Amongst other places you can visit the main historical monument of the city of Setúbal that is the Monastery of Jesus, with a 15th-16th century church that represents one of the first buildings in the Portuguese late Gothic style known as Manueline.

Also of interest are the São Julião Church, also with Manueline portals and The Castelo de São Filipe, a 16th-17th century fortress on the north bank of the Sado river, overseeing the city. More recent, you can also see in Setúbal the
Escola Superior de Educação, a great building of Architecture designed by the world-renowned Portuguese Architect Siza Vieira.

Notable residents of the city of Setúbal are
Bocage, a satirical poet, Luisa Todi, a classical singer, and José Mourinho, world famous football coach, currently coaching the team F.C. Internazionale Milano in Italy.

Watch the video in a tribute from Portugal Dream Coast to Setúbal:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Seagull Again Weekend

Portugal Dream Coast is thrilled to announce the weekend "Seagull Again" in the Setúbal region.

This major event will take place on the 14-16 May and offers you a weekend full of events and activities.

You can stay at one of our partner hotels in Tróia and will be able to enjoy many different activities taking place in the region, like:

Activities for family and friends: wine tasting, boat trips, dolphin watching in Sado river and jeep rides in Arrábida, amongst others.

Sports and adventure activities like rappel, surf lessons, kayaking and scuba diving. And to complete this wonderful weekend, the stunning party "Seagull Again" on the 15 May at the Tróia Design Hotel.

Watch the video below and see what this weekend is all about and everything you can enjoy. Soon you'll be telling you more details about the activities and how to register!

Comporta chosen to receive Golf Ryder Cup 2018

Amongst several locations applying in Portugal, Herdade da Comporta with its project Comporta Dunes in the Setúbal region was chosen to host the Ryder Cup in 2018.

An invitation to submit an application was addressed to the Portuguese Golf Federation for over a year, and Comporta will be competing
with Spain, France, Germany, Holland and Sweden. The European Tour and the final decision will be taken in the first quarter of 2011.

The Ryder Cup is the third largest sports event worldwide media coverage, with 1.1 billion (tele) spectators, after the Olympic Games 3.7 and 3.4 of the World Cup.

Just for 2018, the Ryder Cup Europe has embarked on a process of applying highly professional and demanding, like other big events like the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup or America.

This is a wonderful event for this region since Golf is one of its main attractions and this comes to emphasize the professional and high level of Golf courses in the Setúbal region.

The good news is you don't have to wait until 2018 to enjoy it. Many other Golf events take place in this region, so why not come and play as well?

Take a look at the video below with stunning Golf images of the region:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Birdwatching in Setubal

Portugal has been a wonderful destination for birdwatching and one of the country’s best birdwatching areas is Sado estuary in Setubal. If you are a birdwatching fan and you haven’t visited this place before, then the range of species here might well surprise you.

The Sado estuary is a Ramsar site of international importance. Here you can watch around 70.000 birds of more then 250 different species, all year round. The estuary incorporates a number of different habitats, ranging from inter-tidal mudflats, salt marshes, salt pans, rice fields, reed beds and river beaches, to sand-dunes, small dams and slopes covered in cork and pine.

Some of the areas of major interest include: Gâmbia, Zambujal, Pinheiro, Monte Novo de Palma, Batalha, Cachopos, Carrasqueira and Comporta.

This sparsely populated region is a vital stronghold for Great and Little Bustards - and excellent for birds of prey, too. Resident Eurasian Black Vultures and Eurasian Griffons share the skies with Spanish Imperial, Golden and Bonelli's Eagles, and by late February, the first Lesser Kestrels should be returning from their winter quarters in Africa.

Greater Flamingo, Glossy Ibis, Squacco Heron, Purple Swamphen and Eurasian Penduline-tit... all are to be looked for. More birds like Black Stork, Calandra and Thekla Larks, Eurasian Crag Martin, Blue Rock-thrush, Spanish Sparrow and Rock Bunting are among other exciting species to watch for as you can listen for the tell-tale chuckling of Black-bellied Sandgrouse flying over the steppe.

Each year this region is attracting more and more people from across the world interested in birdwatching and if you come to Setubal you have a bonus, because you might as well observe the small and unique population of Bottle-nosed Dolphins, resident in the estuary.

There are several birdwatching tours available in the Setubal estuary. Contact us if you're interested to know more.

Watch our It's Spring time in Setúbal video with images of several birds you can watch in Setubal estuary.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

It's Spring time in Setúbal!

To celebrate the arrival of Spring time, we made this video with images of the beautiful colours and wild life that you can see now in Setúbal: