James Bond’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Less than an hour away from Palácio is the city of Setúbal, where Bond and di Vicenzo get married at the estate of her father, a mob boss named Draco. Afterwards, the happy couple drives off into the sunset along a mountain road in Arrábida Natural Park, thinking that they “have all the time in the world”. But alas, long-term happiness is simply not meant to be, and the dismal end that befalls the couple takes place in one of the prettiest places in Portugal.
The rolling hills of this protected area, covered with diverse species of Mediterranean flora, peak with the Serra da Arrábida, a 500m-high mountain that offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean below. On this mountain sits a 16th-century Franciscan monastery, a beautiful work of architecture nestled within a landscape of greenery. Whether you choose to drive, trek or bike around Arrábida Natural Park, make sure you give yourself enough time to take a breather at the lovely Portinho Arrábida Beach. Lie out on the pristine white sand or go for a leisurely swim in the calm waters, protected from harsh winds by the adjacent Serra da Arrábida. It is the perfect hideaway for a secret agent trying to get away from it all, both physically and mentally.