Opposite the city of Setubal is the Troia Peninsula a long, narrow and very low lying sand bar. This peninsula is blanketed by pine forests and the whole area was formed by the flow of the Sado River and the strong tidal currents. Troia has the best beaches readily accessible from Setubal and the golden sands on the western side stretch the entire length of the Peninsula.
The small exclusive resort at the northern end of the peninsula contains hotels, restaurants and a casino while the remainder of the Peninsula is incorporated in the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado a large protected nature reserve. The Troia Peninsula is a stunning coastline and should be visited by all tourists who stay in Setubal.
Tourist Information for the Troia Peninsula
The peninsular lies 2.5km south of Setubal and is connected by two ferry services. The quickest is the catamaran which connects the marina on Troia with Pier 3 in the heart of Setubal. A single ferry ticket costs € 5.80/ 3.40 (adult/child). The slower car ferry goes between the Doca do Comércio in Setubal and the Cais Sul terminal on Troia (a couple of kilometres to the south of the main town).
The ferry to the Troia Peninsula
The passenger price is the same as the catamaran and the price for a car costs € 12.90 and includes one passenger. The three northern beaches close to the ferry landing are; the Praia de Tria Mar, the Praia Bico dos Lulas and the Praia do Troia Gale. The much longer and quiet Praia Atlantica covers much of the central part of the Troia Peninsula.
During the summer months and especially at the weekends the population of Setubal head to the Troia Peninsula and the beaches closest to the ferry terminal, especially Praia de Tria Mar, can get very busy. It is advised at the summer weekends with tourist with their own transport to head further south to the remote and empty beaches close to the Praia Atlantica. Troia’s beauty is attracting tourist evolvements that are hidden within the pine forests but thankfully are in keeping with the area.