What to do in Troia with kids
Activities for kids in Troia
Play at the beach
There is a wonderful wide beach on the western side of Troia. The beach is beautiful white and the color of the water almost tropical blue. The are lots of Portuguese enjoying the beach, but it never felt to crowded. The beach is not great with babies as there is quite a lot of wind and waves, but our toddler loved it. Remember to bring your parasol, because there is no shade on the beach.
On the Eastern side of Troia there is a beach facing Portugal, which is much better suited for babies. The water is calm and warmer, there is almost no wind and most of the beach is desolate. The beach is not as pretty white and the water not so amazingly blue though.
At the supermarket in Troia Marina there is a playarea with a bouncy castle, trampoline, karting and more. You pay 5 EUR for 20 minutes, so it is not cheap, but being one of the only playareas in Troia it was worth it. Both our kids enjoyed it.
Behind the supermarket at the Marina in Troia there is a big green area with paths, statues and a playground. In the summer the playground is to hot during the day, since there is no shade. But we had a lovely time during the evening or early morning, where we met a lot of Portuguese kids and their families. The green area surrounding the playground is perfect for a picnic late afternoon and the quiet paths would be perfect for biking with kids.
Take the Catamaran to Setubal
The catamaran to Setubal leaves from Troia Marina. You can find the timetable here: http://www.atlanticferries.pt/index.aspx. Both of our kids loved the catamaran and you can sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views of Troia. It takes 20 minutes to go to Setubal, which is a perfect daytrip from Troia.
The city of Setubal has a charming old centre. There is a central Avenida Luísa Todi, which is a handsome tree-lined boulevard with a pretty fountain in the centre and coffee shops dotted here and there along its length. Off Luisa Todi is the fine Bocage Square, with churches, staues and cafés. From the square there are small streets with shops and small cafes.
There is a coveres market with fruits, bakery and fish, which is worth a visit. It is cheap and authentic.
There is a playground located right next to the harbour, where you enter by catamaran. It is surrounded by a park, which is perfect for picnic with lots of big trees for shadow.
There are almost no tourists in Setubal, which somehow made the experience more enjoyable.
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