Monte Cabeco do Ouro
Travel Blogs from Grandola
The exertions of the bike riding were obviously too much for me and I spent much of the day suffering from high blood sugar and a need to sleep. Mum and I watched dubbed TV while Nick and kids spent a last afternoon at the beach.
In the evening, we celebrated our last day in Portugal by going to a local restaurant for a meal. Restaurant O ...
... and did a circuit of the squares and small streets, which were all charming. We had lunch in the park, where the kids fed the lone pigeon. Three seconds later, 140 pigeons descended onto our picnic.
It seemed Setubal's sights were shut, so we picked up a map and caught a ferry to Troia. The ferry crossed the marine reserve in 20 minutes, pushing its was through hundreds of jellyfish, bobbing orangely and ghost-like under the surface.
Troia is ...
... and has never been repaired.
The heat of the day was intense as we walked, very slowly, towards the bridge. Eventually, we got to a chain-link fence at the poor end of town and Wanda pointed out across the valley at a pile of rocks in the distance, indistinguishable from the landscape around them. This was The Bridge we had come to see. I'm sorry to say, I didn't even photograph it. There really was nothing to see.
... and a street where Wanda said the prostitutes hung out. We also visited Wanda's friend's bric-a-brac shop, which had a friendly dog called Tito. Nick bought some postcards.
At the end of the alley was the square of Pedro Nunes, a 16th Century navigator, who, according to Wanda, came up with his theories of navigation due to the access he had to the Arabic library at the castle. Wanda is a great advocate of all things Arabic.
... wine they make was named.
The outside palace vines, gardens and lake house were all beautiful. I was still under the mistaken impression that this tour was going to be about wine and grapes. Our guide, who sported a fine pair of black eye-brows, did say a few words about grapes. Apparently mechanically picked grapes are grown on four wires - the bottom one waters the vines, the rest support the plant and the harvester shakes and sucks grapes off the vine.
TripAdvisor Reviews Monte Cabeco do Ouro Grandola
Other places to stay in Grandola
Praca Dom Jorge 14, Grandola | Hotelfrom $85