Setubal

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A break from the norm, this thriving fishing town is just 30 miles from Lisbon, and a delightful place to go even if it's a tad off the beaten track. This overlooked gem has beautiful nature and a national park nearby, plus remote, unspoiled, and often deserted beaches. 

  • Praia do Figueirinha

    1. Praia do Figueirinha

    Two beauties in one, this stunning beach lies within Arrabida National Park, with pine covered cliffs, calm and clear water, and golden sands. The sea is a blissful temperature in summer.

  • Arrabida National Park

    2. Arrabida National Park

    Rich vegetation, fine beaches, and estuary wildlife including dolphins, flamingos and storks, live in Arrabida National Park. The Marine Reserve is also great for dolphin watching and boat trips.

  • 3. Convento de Jesus

    Set in a nice open square, this 15th century church with Manueline (late Gothic) architecture is also still inhabited by Poor Clare nuns. The main chapel is a sight to see -- covered in green and white tiles.

  • City Museum

    4. City Museum

    Dig into Setubal's fascinating past in this former convent decked out with 16th century paintings, sacred sculpture, gold and silver pieces, archeology, and coins.  

  • Alcacer do Sal

    5. Alcacer do Sal

    Castles and parishes line this town, and its a paradise for sailing, windsurfing, and angling. The Sado Estuary Natural Reserve has lush lagoons, blue rivers, streams and marshes.

  • Castelo de Palmela

    6. Castelo de Palmela

    Everyone loves a castle, and this huge fortified complex stands atop the eastern edge of the Serra de Arrabida hills, and has stunning views over both the Tagus and Sado estuaries.

  • 7. Cetóbriga

    Traces of the stone tanks from this former fish salting business are visible, plus foundations of former houses, tombs, and baths. Artist impressions also depict how it used to be.

Planning Your Visit

  • Many people just head to the Algarve. Is it really worth a visit?

    Definitely, especially if you enjoy a more laid back and slower pace of life, away from too many tourists. Having so much history, nature, and hills in such close proximity provides so much to see and do.  It boasts a wonderful sense of tranquility and marvelous seafood restaurants.

  • I like clubbing and going out at night. Is Setubal good for this?

    There's a few clubs, which are mainly commercial dance oriented, so it's perfect if that's your groove. If you're looking for something more eclectic, this isn't really the place for that. O Lado Negro Bar plays more alternative, goth, and metal music. Bar Incognito plays indie/alternative music.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    This area is truly a year-round destination, with mild and short winters and sun-filled summers with plenty of shade to escape the heat.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 413 reviews

Our guide Tanya was helpful and personable, making this an enjoyable day. The minivan was clean, modern and in good condition. The locations were photogenic, and, with Tanya's input, interesting. We departed the schedule by having a longer lunch in Sesimbra than expected, but this was no problem. The wine tasting was enjoyable, and the wines reasonably priced to buy. A good day, recommended. All reasonable covid precautions were taken.

This tour is a great chance to see those areas of the Lisbon suburbs, where you can't easily get to by public transport. During this trip you're going to have stunning views, passing by tiny villages, have a lunch in a small pretty hidden town, get inspiration and ideas for your next days, and of course taste a very local wine. Was awesome!

This is one of the best tour I’ve ever had! Our guide Tânia is very passionate and knowledgeable! We were lucky to have her! The view from the Arrábida Mountain was just stunning! And at the end of the trip, we went to a winery, where had excellent wine. I really recommend this tour to everybody!

Our guide, Joao, was great. Very knowledgeable about the history of the area we were in and knew where to stop for the best photo ops. The two wine tasting stops were great, very different from each other. One was a small family operation and the other was a major player in the wine industry.

An absolute delight, highlight of my trip and will definitely do it again when I return, a hidden gem. Luciano and the team are absolutely amazing, never seen such genuine people that enjoy and are passionate about what they do.. totally loved it... I would recommend this 110%