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From Cape to Castle

Portugal's Arrábida Natural Park
This holiday is new for 2019.
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Anon   April 2019

Again another excellent holiday from Inntravel.

The hotels were all different and special in some way, whether it be the view (Sana Sesimbra), the atmosphere (Palmela Pousada), the food, the facilities, the location. The walks were varied and the right level of length and difficulty to be enjoyable. I liked the idea of combining both coastal walks with the opportunity to paddle or swim with inland walks with great views.  In the spring the wild flowers were beautiful and we had superb weather with wall to wall sunshine. Most evenings we ate local fish and seafood and every meal was delicious. In Sesimbra there were many restaurants to choose from. Turn right out of the hotel and up the steep hill and steps to the top. A small local restaurant with great seafood. In Palmela the tapas in the castle grounds served very tasty tapas but is only open certain evenings. A very enjoyable holiday. 



Mrs I Brownlee  Edinburgh April 2019

Fabulous holiday as always with Inntravel.

Mr B Dorsett  Wolverhampton April 2019

Some of our many highlights from this trip were the walk through the Cork Oaks, the wonderful wild flowers that were in bloom mid-April, wine tasting at Bacalhoa and the amazing Pousada at Pamela. The walking was perfect for a grade 1-2 and as usual with Inntravel all of the arrangements worked perfectly.

Mr P Clear  Stockport April 2019

Sana Sesimbra was a true delight with the beach and sea just across the road. We would recommend Casa Matteus for food and wished we could have gone back on the second night when it was closed. This was by far the best meal we had, including our extended stay at Lisbon. The walk to Azeitao was lovely with so many wild flowers and much birdsong and was our favourite walk. At Azeitao definitely try Casa Nobra D'Azeitao for quality fresh fish and Casa das Tortas for portion size on the steak! At Palmela do not miss out on Taverna O Bobo da Corte: real quality and service. We made it for two late lunches (on arrival and after the Around Palmela walk) as we wanted to keep exploring the menu.

Mrs GR Penton  Benfleet April 2019

As always with Inntravel an excellent holiday with excellent service from the staff. The walks around Palmela were stunning (if more up and down than we prefer!) We so like not having to think about what we are doing next because Inntravel have thought of everything in advance.

Mrs MJ Miles  Sevenoaks April 2019

You start by the sea at Sesimbra and the walk out to the lighthouse at Cabo Espichel from Azoia on Day 1 is delightful, once you have worked out the buses. (But don't wear shorts as lots of prickly bushes on the steep and narrow descent to the fort!). We took bus 201 out at 08.55 but there is also a bus around 12 noon. We got the 5.30pm bus back from Azoia - there is a friendly bar to enjoy a beer while you wait. To eat in Sesimbra we recommend O Pescador - just off the sea front beyond the fort. Friendly and unpretentious. The picnic provided by the hotel Sana was rather meagre so you might want to supplement it.

The walk to Azeitao was good too. NB if you are arriving at the Hotel Club Azeitao on a Sunday, be warned that the hotel does not do meals on Sunday evenings and nor does the restaurant O Manel in the village across the road. There is nowhere else to eat except back in in Azeitao so you might want to have an early dinner there before going on to the hotel, or buy some food there to eat later? There are a couple of supermarkets. If you go for the Option B walk at Azeitao, it was very muddy (wet red clay nearly all day, so hard going!) when we were there. This had also been churned up by vehicles. We enjoyed an evening meal at O Manel in Vila Fresca and a wonderful BBQ lunch at Casa das Tortas in Azeitao. NB this IS open in the evenings (except on Sundays).

It is definitely worth fitting in a visit to Palacio Bacalhoa and its Winery - we managed to fit this in on our final morning at Azeitao before walking on to Palmela. Ask the hotel to make you a booking if you want to visit, it takes 2h30m and there was a tour starting at 10am. Not open Sundays. You will need to walk or take a taxi to the winery which is back in Azeitao to start the tour. We had an English speaking guide.

The walk to Palmela was lovely, as was the walk on the last day, but we must admit we didn't do the last ascent to the windmill ridge as very similar to the previous day's walk. Instead we walked back to Palmela along the almost traffic-free valley bottom road to Palmela. Wild flowers and birds! The restaurant in the castle was not open when we were there (though it should have been). Our restaurant suggestion in Palmela: Terceira Geracao in Rua Serpa Pinto. Friendly with delicious food.

Inntravel response

We are delighted this new holiday is being received well and have apologised for the fact that the second hotel is not able to provide dinner on a Sunday; we have explored alternatives, advised customers and updated the holiday documentation. We have also re-visited the area since receiving this helpful feedback and have amended our Option B walk from the second hotel so as to steer customers away from tracks that are now being widened as part of a programme to improve fire vehicle access.

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