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Solar dos Zagallos

In this 18th century country house, you must see the original glazed tiles, stuccoed ceilings and fresco walls.

Solar dos Zagallos was recovered by Municipality of Almada and transformed in a Culture Centre of local cultures. Located in Sobreda was built on XVIII century by Zagallo family in the time of D. João II (Portuguese King).

Rich lands from Caparica, to receive later D. João VI were built two noble halls that are very different from the rest of the palace.

Open spaces for visitors, lovely stages for classic music, amazing tiles and fresh paitings are the motives to visit it during some hours.

Solar of Zagallos is a dynamic space that intends to preserve the local culture with regular culture activity during all year like exhibitions, concerts , recitals and several activities for young people

The romantic gardens are also worthy of a closer look.

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

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Mata dos Medos

The forest has a scary environment. The enormous amount and height of pine trees hide the daylight. Is almost impossible not getting lost in the dark heart of the forest. The “Mata dos Medos” is located on the top of the Fossil Cliff of Costa da Caparica,  Almada, and occupies a range of 5 kilometers along the western coast of the Setúbal peninsula, covering an area of 338 hectares. Weird trees with bizarre format populate the dense forest.
The forest is mainly characterized by the presence of stone pine and pine wood. We crossed the forest by a sandy path. On his return, several dogs were coming up through the dense bushes. It seemed guarding their territory, throwing us a look of suspicion and some contempt. It was a moment of tension because we did not know what would be the reaction of dogs. Fortunately, as appeared, they disappeared.
They showed to be well fed. Probably with the food giaved by the people who attend a picnic park near the Mata dos Medos. There is a book called “Contos da Mata dos Medos”. A collection of short stories by Álvaro Magalhães and Cristina Valadas for childrens. This area was planted by the orders of King D. João V, in order to fix the sand dunes – “os medos”- which invaded agricultural land of the interior. Common buzzard, the little OWL the Mottled Owl,.Badgers and hedgehogs lives in Mata dos Medos. At the end of the course we can see the beautiful view of the beach.

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