The Troia Peninsula Portugal

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 ferry to the Troia Peninsula

Troia as viewed from Setubal

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.

In Image Tour of Troia

The ferry to the Troia Peninsula

The majority of day trippers and tourists cross to Troia on the green catamaran ferry, which departs from Setubal

 Troia marina

The ferry terminated in the exclusive marina of Troia where there are 5-star hotels and the casino. Luckily, the restaurants and cafes that overlook the marina are not overpriced. Bikes can be rented from Europcar (yes the car rental company) for €20 per day and are a great way to explore the Peninsula. There is a supermarket in Troia which is behind the row of restaurants and the tourists information is to the rear of the restaurants.

Praia Troia Mar beach

There are beautiful beaches within walking distance of the main centre of Troia. This is the Praia Troia Mar beach which opens out on the Atlantic Ocean

troia Praia Bico das Lulas beach

The Praia Bico das Lulas beach is just south of the Troia Mar beach and is connect to the town by a series of wooden walkways. These beaches are extremely popular in the summer, unlike the above images which were taken in September!

The ferry to the Troia Peninsula

The Troia peninsula is completely formed of sand and only sand dunes are between the beaches and the main resort.

Twelcome to troia

There is just a single road leading south from Troia which heads to the village of Comporta to the south. Along the first part of this road (until the car ferry junction) is a cycle path ideal for cycling or walking along.

Troia Golf

Along the road is the Troia Golf, an exlusive but oustanding golf course.

Troia nature reserve

The gravel path to the Roman ruins passes through a scenic and tranquile section of Troia, far away from the busy beaches. The salt water lagoons attract many species of birds and are best viewed at sunset.

Troia Roman ruins

The Troia Roman ruins were once a major fish salting factory, and are one of the largest sites discovered. Within the complex are the salting ponds, a bath complex, and residential houses. There is excellent information and is well worth the cycle, hike or drive from Troia.

Troia Roman ruins

The beach on the eastern side of Troia and overlook the Sado estuary tend to be much quieter. The waters are estuary fed so are not at a standard for bathing....... but they are very scenic!

Troia setubal car ferry

The car ferry between Setubal and Troia departs 3km south of the main town.

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 (3 kilometres to the south of the main town).

The ferry to the Troia Peninsula

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.

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