“The bridge is a gateway to the other shore” is the theme song of the Portuguese band Jafumega. Listen to the song and cross the bridge with us as we have many interesting secrets to reveal to you.
Cristo Rei is the first monument you will see. Enjoy Lisbon from a different perspective and remember the position of various places you have visited in the city. If you wish to go up inside the Cristo Rei monument it will cost you 6 euros per person, about half an hour of your time. The fresh air blowing on your face is for free. Looking towards Lisbon, the view from the top of the monument is practically the same from the ground, but if you look towards the south bank there’s a lot more to see. Let’s try it?
From here we’ll take A2 to Sesimbra. Unfortunately, we will have to leave by our side (literally) the beautiful beaches of Costa de Caparica, Fonte da Telha and also the Lagoa de Albufeira. Just a tip…
Cabo Espichel is not only a promontory with an impressive cliff, but also a religious and archaeological site, where several dinosaur footprints have been found. The site was recognized in 1997 as the Natural Monument of Pedra da Mua and in 2005 was integrated into the Arrábida Natural Park. We continue to Sesimbra with a first pass through the Castle. Since we started to appreciate Lisbon from the “front”, now we will appreciate Sesimbra from “behind”. Do not waste too much time here, and go down to Sesimbra and then back up the rising side following our program. However, as we go down the hill we can decide on a short stop for some more photos and a coffee.
Serra da Arrábida is a beautiful mountain range south of the Setúbal peninsula with a maximum height of 501 meters and a very diverse flora. Once a gathering place for monks, it is nowadays sought after by hang gliding and paragliding sports enthusiasts. In the summer season we can not go down the lower road to embark on an adventure on foot down a slope to a curious cave of this mountain. However we move on as we need to delight in various stopping points until we start descending to Setúbal.
Setúbal is the capital of the district south of Lisbon, starts in Almada and penetrates Alentejo further south beyond Sines, Vila Nova de Mil Fontes.
Oops… can we finally have lunch? Would you take our suggestion and try the typical dish
of the region, fried cuttlefish (choco frito), in one of the many restaurants on Avenida Luísa
Tody or by the Sado River?
After the break for the meal we will go to Palmela and visit one of the most beautiful castles of our country. We end our journey in a memorable milestone in our history. Archaeological records point to the year 310 BC, followed by successive occupations after the Romans, Visigoths, Muslims and Christians… Thank you for traveling with us.
Blue Plow Team