Grandola is a laid-back town set between the Atlantic Ocean and the lush Portuguese hinterland. The town makes an ideal base for beach hopping on the Tróia Peninsula or for venturing inland to discover boutique wineries and ancient Roman ruins.
Things to do in Grândola
Grandola is a stone’s throw from the Tróia Peninsula, where you’ll find some of the best beaches in Portugal. Praia Carvalhal is backed by grass-covered dunes and towering pine trees. Praia do Pego has a lively atmosphere, with soft sand and gently rolling waves making it popular with families. For a quieter scene, head south to Praia da Raposa, a deserted beach that you’ll likely have all to yourself.
The fertile hillsides surrounding Grandola are dotted with boutique wineries. Spend the day visiting local vineyards and sampling unique varietals like Gouveio, a fruity white with hints of white pepper. Some estates offer restaurants where you can enjoy gourmet cuisine, fine wine and fantastic vineyard views.
Historic sites like Barragem do Pego da Moura recall the region’s ancient past. Set on the Davino River, the dam dates back to the 1st century and is accessed by a walking trail. Pair your visit with a trip to Miróbriga, a fortified town where you can view the remains of Roman baths, temples and a hippodrome used for chariot races.
Grandola is dotted with restaurants where you can try traditional cuisine from the Alentejo region. Try specialties like “porco preto” pork, hearty “favada real de caça” bean stew and woodfired bread. Complement your meal with a glass of wine from a local Alentejo vineyard.
Getting around Grândola
Grandola is compact and easy to get around on foot, while rental cars offer the freedom to explore nearby beaches and attractions at your own pace. The town is located in the Setúbal District, a 1.5-hour drive or train ride from Lisbon. Humberto Delgado Airport in Lisbon is a 1.5-hour drive away.