Grandola - is it grand or ola?
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After having a long day at the beach I wanted to visit another of the cities in the surroundings; my looks fell this day on Grandola some 40-50 km from Santiago do Cacem.
The first that met me when I entered the city was huge billboard visualizing the beauty of the city. I had seen those before and they were usually taken on a special day that never will come. I entered the city and found it far from the poster. There were some nice places but nothing that said wow.
The area is mostly known for its beaches but the area has been full of life for thousands of years. The Romans have left the city full of ruins of spa's or baths. One of the most astonishing things from the Roman era was an industrial complexes for fish preservation and salting.
Grandola is mostly known for the song "Grandola Vila Morena" that became a hymn for the "Carnation Revolution" in April 25th 1974.
The area surround this little boring city is another story. The municipality has some fantastic environment and landscape; best known is the Troia Dunes Botanical Reserve that is a part of the Sado Estary Nature Reserve and also the Grandola Hills. The coast of Grandola is one of Europe's best examples of a coastline that has seen little development. This is one of the major reasons that I come here almost every year.
After driving around I decided to stay at the little but beautiful square in front of Hotel Dom Jorge de Lencastre. The hotel looked nice and they had nice sofa outside. I walked in and asked if I could have a beer outside and it was no problem. I enjoyed staying there and I had the sun right in my face which almost all local that walked by commented.
I drove around in the city before I decided to visit the Senhore da Penha a chapel that dates back from 1700 and from where there is a good view of the Alentejo plains. The chapel is situated around 275 meters above sea level.