Tróia / Comporta
The Tróia Peninsula is a 13-mile long, narrow sand spit a short ferry ride across the Sado Estuary from Setubal. It offers tranquil pine forests and some of the best beaches in the area. Whether you come here to soak up the sun on the pristine, white sand beaches overlooking the Atlantic, to play a round of golf at the challenging Troia Golf Course, or to enjoy a flutter in the Casino close to the glamorous marina, you’ll find something fun to do here.
Sheltered by mountains, the Troia Peninsula enjoys a mild microclimate. The Reserva Natural do Estuario do Sado covers part of the peninsula and is a good place to go birdwatching. The waters around the peninsula are home to a school of bottlenose dolphins. Dolphin-watching trips leave from the marina, or you may even spot them gamboling in the surf on the ferry trip across the estuary.
At the tip of the peninsula, just across from Setubal, is a modern resort, built around the marina. Here one finds the Casino, a number of high-rise apartment blocks and a number of cafes and (mostly) seafood restaurants.
At the very base of the peninsula, the tiny village of Comporta is considered by some to be one of Portugal’s most chic resorts. The stunning Praia da Comporta beach with its smart, pastel-striped beach huts, sand dunes and powerful surf is surrounded by green rice paddies and attracts A-listers from around the world as well as surfers, families, and of course locals.