What to eat, see and do in Portugal’s Troia Peninsula, a hidden gem

Just 45 minutes from Lisbon, Chris Folley takes the path less travelled to the Troia Peninsula

Portugal, Troia Peninsula

1/27/2022 11:32:00 PM

Just 45 minutes from Lisbon, Chris Folley takes the path less travelled to the Troia Peninsula

Just 45 minutes from Lisbon, Chris Folley takes the path less travelled to the Troia Peninsula

For something more boutique, head south past Comporta to, an eco-retreat in the woods with 23 rooms and suites as well as cabana villas. Expect bamboo panelling and all-white minimalism, relax in the central infinity pool, in the spa or do a yoga session or two.

Visit PortugalSeeWith 60kms of pristine beach, Troia is a big favourite with Lisbon families, particularly in high summer when extra catamaran services nip across the Sado Estuary from Setubal. Smart Lisbon money has also gone into Troia, with villas and townhouses being snapped up by the likes of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

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around the corner offers more value. Troia golf can arrange regular pick-ups to the course from either hotel, as well as from the Setubal catamaran. For something more boutique, head south past Comporta to , an eco-retreat in the woods with 23 rooms and suites as well as cabana villas. Expect bamboo panelling and all-white minimalism, relax in the central infinity pool, in the spa or do a yoga session or two. Visit Portugal See With 60kms of pristine beach, Troia is a big favourite with Lisbon families, particularly in high summer when extra catamaran services nip across the Sado Estuary from Setubal. Smart Lisbon money has also gone into Troia, with villas and townhouses being snapped up by the likes of former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The casino in the Troia Design Hotel by the marina keeps the high rollers entertained, and don’t be surprised to see golfers coming off the catamaran from Setubal with their bags – Troia’s 18-hole championship course, created by revered US course designer Robert Trent Jones Senior, is ranked in the top 20 in Europe by good judges such as Golf Monthly magazine. It’s a long way from the bulk of Lisbon courses around Cascais but it’s worth the detour. The course at is 6,317 metres long, fairways are narrow and the greens are lightning fast. Holes hugging the beach such as signature hole the third, as well as the superb fifth, also offer great views across to Arribada Nature Park. Visit Portugal Troia also has impressive Roman ruins while at Comporta you’ll find boutique stores such as Manumaya, selling clothes and bric-a-brac from Guatemala. With stunning sandy beaches such as Pego and Carvalhal, Comporta is fast becoming a favourite with the trendy set, not least because fashionistas Phillippe Starck and Christian Louboutin have holiday homes there. At Comporta you will also find the aforementioned Herdade da Comporta winery, which does tours and tastings of its many wines. Try the Parus reserve if you like full-bodied reds or the Tourigo Nacional-based Private Selection rose. On the way back to Troia, stop off at the fishing village of Carrasqueira, head to the boardwalk and have a nosey around the artistically adorned stilted fishermen’s shacks. Setubal is undergoing something of a revival, having struggled economically since the financial crisis of 2008. Many old buildings are now being restored, such as Casa da Baia, an 18th-century mansion on Avenida Luísa Todi now housing the local tourist office. It’s also a promotional centre for regional wines, sweets and cheese while the old cloister has been made into a delightful roof garden. The tourist office also has a fantastic educational homage to the pods of bottlenose dolphins you might see in the Sado Estuary if you take a tour. Visit for details of day trips. Getting there