In the 1970s it was a luxury complex where the high political society lived. Today, Herdade da Aroeira is one of the largest residential and golf complexes in the country.
A quiet, safe, comfortable and enviroment friendly place: this is how people who currently live at Herdade da Aroeira describe it. Located 25 kilometres from the centre of Lisbon, in a vast pine forest overlooking the white sands of the beaches at Fonte da Telha, in Costa de Caparica, this is the largest residential and golf complex in the region.
A greens' paradise
Despite being a residential area, the great attraction of those 3.6 square kilometres of land are the two golf courses with 18 holes. When it comes to golf holidays, Herdade da Aroeira has the perfect environment all year.
Opened in 1973, the 6044-metre Aroeira Pines Classic championship golf course was designed by the Architect Frank Pennick and is considered one of the best golf courses in Europe, featuring in Golf World magazine's '100 Best European Courses' list.
This golf course has hosted the Portuguese Open in 1996 and 1997, as well as several Ladies Opens, the Amateur Champioship Gentleman & Ladies and the European Men Clubs Trophy 2013.
The Aroeira Challenge, inaugurated in April 2000 by former President Jorge Sampaio, was designed by the architect Donald Steel, with 6367 metres in length and 18 long greens - grass mats where the holes are located - which go around five large lakes, having played host for several years to the Qualifying School of Ladies European Tour and various editions of the Portuguese Ladies Opens.
In addition to the two golf courses, Herdade da Aroeira also includes a hotel, a swimming pool, four tennis courts and a shopping area with a range of support services, such as a doctor's office, a parapharmacy, supermarket, stationery shop, art gallery and others. The Arrábida Fund has also approved another project for an aparthotel in the pool area.
There are those who come here to enjoy a quiet meal at the Golf D'água restaurant, to take a dip in the pool in summer, or even to play a few rounds of golf. And there are those who like to know where the ball players live, asking those who know Aroeira well for a guided tour.