The municipality of Palmela is situated in the middle of the Lisbon Metropolitan area, with approximately 462 km2 is composed of five parishes all shoot each other in terms of demographic dynamism, occupation and land use. Is integrated in the tourism region of Setúbal-Costa Azul. A part of its territory is part of the nature reserve of the Sado estuary, the other the Natural Park of Serra da Arrábida. In economic terms, the industry and services are the sectors most representative municipal level, although agriculture still holds some weight, due to the rural characteristics present in the municipality. Palmela was, very early on, a territory conducive to human attachment. Proof of this are the oldest archaeological remains dating back since the ancient prehistory until the Muslim era. In terms of architectural heritage, the Castelo de Palmela is the most imposing fortified the municipality, classified as a national monument in 1910. In addition, the scenic beauty and the products produced in the region present themselves as "landmarks", as they are known in the country and much sought after by visitors. The feast of Harvest, which takes place annually in late August, continues to be the most expressive promotion of indigenous products.
What to do in Palmela
Castelo de Palmela
The fortress stands by the counterfort of the Arrábida Mountain, and it has wide views from Sines to Sintra. Its most interesting features are the entrance, the 17th century's walls, the convent of the Santiago Order (mostly the cloyster and the dining room), the church of Santiago, of the 15th century, the Palaces of Dom Jorge, the turrets, the donjon …
Igreja de Santiago
The National Monument classification includes the tomb of Dom Jorge de Lencastre, son of Dom João II, in Arrábida marble. A special note to the gothic portal of the main façade, with three archivolts, topped by a large window. This church with three naves has battlements. A special note also to the 17th and 18th centuries tiles and to the …
Pousada Castelo Palmela
Located in the Castle of Palmela, this wonderful "Pousada" has 26 rooms and two suites, all spacious and well equipped. It has astounding views and a restaurant with exquisite dishes.
Family restaurant and cosy, belonging to the owners of the London Restaurant. Space to combine the classic with some modern touches. Works on caterer, serving a variety of dishes from traditional Portuguese cuisine: 20 typical dishes, table of cheeses, cold …
Pérola da Serra
A large restaurant with three rooms and quite well prepared home made dishes. It also has a bar and a gaming room.
Montado Hotel & Golf Resort
Situated on the Côte d'Azur region, near the castle of Palmela, the mounted Hotel & Golf Resort offers all the conditions to enjoy a comfortable stay and in contact with the surrounding scenic beauty. There is also a golf course, …
Miradouro da Alameda Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira
From this belvedere one can view the typical fields of this region.
Miradouro do Largo São João Baptista
From this spot one can view and take beautiful photographs of the Palmela parish, including the castle.
Golfe do Montado
This is the third golf course to the south of the Tejo river, between Lisbon and the Blue Coast region. It is a mildly wavy terrain, with 18 holes and 72 pars. The hole 15 is the most well known.
Kartódromo Internacional de Palmela
This is one of the fastest circuits in the country and one of the most well equipped kartodromes in Europe. It has a track with a perimeter of 1270 metres and a constant width of 10 metres.
Centro de Interpretação da Natureza do Zambujalinho
Located in the Natural Reservation of the Sado river Estuary, this is am extraordinary spot from which to view the Sado's Estuary and its surrounding areas. One can view salt fields, swamps and rice fields with an important community of …
Casa Mãe da Rota dos Vinhos
The Mother House Rota dos Vinhos (Wine Route) aims mainly to promote the wines of the Setúbal Peninsula. It is an old recovered cellar that exhibits products, makes sales and has wine tasting. There are guided tours when previously requested, …
Serra do Louro
The Louro mountain is part of the Arrábica mountain chain and is included in the Arrábida Natural Park. There are vestiges of the neolithic, the Roman age and the Muslim age until our current days. At the peak there are …
Where to eat in Palmela
Where to sleep in Palmela
Located in the Castle of Palmela, this wonderful "Pousada" has 26 rooms and two suites, all spacious and well equipped. It has astounding views and a restauran…
Situated on the Côte d'Azur region, near the castle of Palmela, the mounted Hotel & Golf Resort offers all the conditions to enjoy a comfortable stay and in co…
Located in the centre of Palmela, this boarding house has 17 comfortable rooms with a modern decor. The area, albeit central, is quite peaceful.
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