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Folders  |  TRAFARIA: Ideal for a gourmet break
TRAFARIA: Ideal for a gourmet break
Juliette Dejardin
TRAFARIA: Ideal for a gourmet break
Leaving from the boat station at Belém and for just 85 cents you can take one of the regular ferries that quickly link Lisbon to Trafaria with a stop at Porto Brandão.

You cross the splendid Tagus estuary, where the river meets the Atlantic ocean, leaving behind the electricity museum, the monument to discoveries, the Belém tower, the 25th April bridge, basically a wonderful view of Lisbon, but also the city’s hustle and bustle. 

Up ahead, just before you dock at Porto Brandão, a whole new scenery unfolds before you: rolling green hills with the Cristo Rei in the foreground. You can appreciate the river’s tranquillity before docking at Trafaria.

Just by the maritime station and before you enter the village is a tiny, quiet beach (out of season), alongside which float small fisherman’s boats where children (and why not adults?) can enjoy picking up shells or cuttlefish bones to offer to either their own, or the neighbours’ birds. 

After this activity that will surely whet the appetite, take a stroll around the (tiny) village to select which fish or seafood dish you would like to try in one of the many restaurants on offer.  The typical local dish is the caldeirada de marisco, but there are any other delicacies on offer.

If you just want a snack, several bars serve a range of seafood nibbles at all times of the day (crabs, shrimps, gambas, ‘percebes’, and other cooked dishes made with a plethora of varieties of creatures from the sea that the Portuguese are wild about.

This is one gourmet outing you can make, just 20 minutes from Lisbon, and in the great outdoors.
One observation: seafood is far cheaper in trafaria than in Lisbon’s marisqueiras.

Ferries leave every 30 minutes from 6.30 am to 11 pm.
Parking available by the station.

Foto fonte: http://pontaldecacilhas.blogspot.com

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