15km (9 1/3 miles) NW of Setúbal; 25km (16 miles) SE of Lisbon

This sleepy village lies in the heart of quinta country. In its most meager manifestation, a quinta is a simple farmhouse surrounded by land. At its best, it's a mansion of great architectural style filled with art. Azeitão boasts some of the finest quintas in the country. The village makes a good base for trekkers, especially those who want to scale the limestone Serra de Arrábida. For others, long walks through scented pinewoods or silvery olive groves will suffice. To cap off your day, try some Azeitão cheese and a bottle of local muscatel wine.

Azeitão is also home to one of the region's biggest ceramics factories: São Simão Arte (tel. 21/218-31-35). The factory outlet sells its products at prices that are somewhat less than in equivalent retail shops.