Once Upon a Time ...
Once Upon a Time, There Was a Unique Place
I - ONCE UPON A TIME, THERE WAS A UNIQUE PLACE
Once upon a time, you awake
on a sunny morning and feel
surrounded by one of the
best-kept secrets of the Arrábida Natural Park.
With your eyes losing sight
of the landscape, your heart
finding calmness in the serenity
of the Mountain and in the beautful infinity
of the Atlantc Ocean, join us on a trip to
the moment Casa Palmela opens its doors.
Every month, we will tell you
a litle of the story of this House,
which, by being made of History,
shall leave stories to all those who visit it.
II - ONCE UPON A TIME WAKE, AWAKENING IN THE HEART OF THE MOUNTAIN
Once upon a time, there was
a road in the heart of the Arrábida
Natural Park that leads to one of
Portugal's best kept secrets. After
the great entrance gate, a long
pathway lined with vineyards
welcomes you and takes you
closer to what will be an
You have arrived at Casa Palmela,
a manor house from the
eighteenth century in the Arrábida
mountain range, surrounded by
breathtaking nature. Here you will
witness the legacy of several
generations of the Palmela family,
in an estate over 170 acres wide
and fully prepared to welcome
you with the greatest comfort,
lushness and luxury. You can
choose to stay in one of the guest
rooms spread across three
buildings: Palace, Pool house and
Where you will want to wake up
III - ONCE UPON A TIME LIVING IN A PALACE
Once upon a time, you awake in
a manor house from the
eighteenth century in the heart
of the Arrábida Natural Park,
surrounded by breathtaking nature.
As you open your eyes, the
scenery will make you think you
are stll dreaming. Rest assured,
for you are not; you are within
the Palace of Casa Palmela.
You woke up in one of the rooms
of the Hotel's main building,
the same one that housed several
generatons of one same Family.
As you get up and walk towards
the window, you can start to gaze
at the São Luís and Arrábida
mountain ranges or at the
vineyards and gardens that
surround the Palace.
IV - ONCE UPON A TIME, LIFE IN THE COUNTRY HOUSE
Once upon a tme there was all
the privacy in the world in
communion with nature, in
a country house located in the
most secluded and independent
area of the hotel, about 55 yards
from the main building.
The spacious and cozy suites are
perfect for families to enjoy the
best Casa Palmela has to offer,
taking advantage of the freedom
and peacefulness of the annex.
In order to beter enjoy the
region's delicacies, every suite is
equipped with a small kitchenete.
So, take a deep breath, feel
the earth's scent, and be inspired:
here you will find life at its best.
V - ONCE UPON A TIME, A FULL AND UNFORGETTABLE DAY
Once upon a tme there was a day
full of life's unique moments,
plenty of pleasure and surprises.
Afer having breakfast surrounded
by the tune of the birds' chirping,
it's worthwhile to explore the
property with a refreshing dive in
the pool, enjoying Arrábida's
craggy landscape and the house's
vineyards, in a uniquely peaceful environment.
Afer letng your body dry in
warmth of the sun, it's tme to feel
the air in your face, exploring
the vineyards and fields by bicycle.
Along the way you discover places
to taste the flavors of the region
and take a break for an unforgettable
horseback ride through the Natural Park.
And to better take advantage of
delicious products of the region,
all suites are equipped
with a small kitchenette.
The ending to the day could not
be beter, a relaxing massage
in a sea of flowers and aromas
at the Estate's spa.
VI - ONCE UPON A TIME, A UNIQUE REGION
Once upon a time there was a morning
in Arrábida's turquoise-water beaches,
split between diving and sunbathing, and
an unforgetable relaxed late afernoon,
in Troia's white and endless sandy beaches.
Meanwhile, a visit to the idyllic beaches
only accessible by sea with the guidance
of experienced navigators, but to which
Casa Palmela's guests can go (and keep secret).
However, it does not end there:
it's important to save one's breath for
the beauty of the boat trip to meet
the dolphins in the river Sado.
VII - ONCE UPON A TIME, A COLLECTION OF UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES
Once upon a tme there was
a September visit to Casa Palmela,
traditonally the month of grape harvest.
Awaitng for you is a powerful experience,
in what is the tme of the greatest bustle
in the Estate's amazing vineyards.
Here you get the full winemaking experience:
afer the grape harvest, the wine tastngs,
picnics in the vines' shade and the contact
with the wild and natural surroundings
of the Arrábida Natural Park.
Afer the tastings, you can put
the rest of the region to the test,
visitng other wine cellars and
dairy farms, and having authentc
gourmet experiences. Remember,
this is one of most well-known
regions in the world for its wines and cheeses.
VIII - UPON A TIME, DIVING IN THE POOL HOUSE
Once upon a tme there was
waking up in the Pool House,
imagining the marvelous tales
from the tme it was the
Oven Bread House,
the Firewood House and,
later, the family's Game Hall.
Here you can create your own tale
in one of the most spacious suites,
which assures the same comfort,
service and glamour of the ones in
the main building, with access to the Hotel's gardens.
Here you can lose yourself,
to find the peace and tranquility
of a place as private as is it beautful.
IX - ONCE UPON A TIME, A NATURE HIDEOUT CLOSE TO EVERYTHING
Once upon a tme there was one
of your last days at Casa Palmela.
You can enjoy the early hours of
the morning visitng Freeport,
Europe's largest outlet,
full of luxury brands with irresistble prices.
On your way back, you can stop at
the city of Setúbal for a walk in
the downtown area, where you
will be delighted with what the traditonal
businesses have to offer, being unable
to resist the best fried cutlefish in the world.
Before you enjoy the rest of the
afernoon in the pool, you can
visit the Casa Palmela’s Store,
where you will find a unique selecton
of the best products the region has to offer,
and prepare your trip back home:
your friends and family will like
you more if you take with you
some of the wines and cheeses from Azeitão.
X - IT WAS ONCE A HISTORY TO RETURN WITH PLEASURE
It was once the day of returning,
certain that you found your
second home in Casa Palmela.
Before you go, take an imaginary
photograph of the farm. Record in
your memory the different hues
of the mountain, the freshness of
the pine trees, the homemade
scent of bread coming out of the
oven, the perfumed aridity of the
rosemary, the tempting ruby of
the vineyard. With your body
rested and your ideas fresh, go.
Antes de ir, tire uma fotografia
But come back, yes?
Casa Palmela will continue here,
waiting for you to write the next
chapter of our history.