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Elsewhere on the estate you can spend your days walking, riding or biking around the centuries-old pathways of the Quinta, stopping for picnics in the meadows. Oenophiles will be fascinated by this historic wine region and its famous Moscatel grape, and can enjoy a tour of a nearby vineyards, accompanied by a wine tasting and lunch of local cheese and hams. A great draw to this hotel is the sheltered white-sand beach, just 15 minutes’ walk through the National Park. Take a boat trip to explore the coastline’s pretty coves and perhaps even spot dolphins frolicking in the water.
Casa Palmela has a lovely restaurant and we’d recommend booking in for gourmet dining. Expect Portuguese classic such as braised octopus, cuttlefish risotto and local cheeses. Foodies should visit pretty harbour town Setubal for just-caught seafood in upmarket restaurants. This historic seaside town is a pleasant place for a wander, and if you’re a fan of Portuguese glazed tiles, visit the chapel at the Fort of Sao Filipe.