Setubal
Enter your dates to find available activities

Top attractions in Setubal

See all tours & things to do in Setubal

Top 7 Things To Do in Setubal

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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 Setubal 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.

Things to Do in Setubal

Cities in Portugal

Other Sightseeing Options in Setubal

Want to discover all there is to do in Setubal? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Setubal

Absolutely beautiful tour! My favorite tour we did in Portugal.

David was an amazing tour guide! Thank you for the wedding present, and your knowledge of history made the tour so interesting! Beautiful coastlines, beaches, and castles made this tour spectacular.

We had an excellent day out with João our driver//guide

We found the region and it’s wines and cheeses very interesting indeed and João made the whole experience memorable, We would recommend this trip to other wine lovers

Lisbon Private Setúbal Region Wine Tasting Tour Reviewed by Alison, 09/20/2018

Excellent driver who saved my good memories of Portugal

Everything about arranged transfer was as agreed - punctual and comfortable. But the most important thing is that I dropped my cell phone in the car, but the driver was honest enough to keep it safe, and now I expect that your local provider will send me back to Serbia. Very kind and professional. Best recommendations to Hi Portugal company!

Sesimbra Hotels and Lisbon Airport: One-Way Transfer Reviewed by Slobodan, 08/13/2018

Awesome day with a wonderful guide - Ricardo

Great tour with great local input and very friendly and informative manner. Ricardo well done.

Lisbon Private Setúbal Region Wine Tasting Tour Reviewed by Linda, 06/26/2018

Wonderful and entertaining day in Setúbal

Ricardo did a great job on our private Wine Tasting Tour to Setúbal. The three locations were all different and a very varying choice. We were never in a hurry. The wine was great and the area really beuatiful. Cheese, jam and bread at the Arrabidine was delicious and enough for lunch. Furthermore, Ricardo gave us a lot of valuable suggestions on what to to on our trip in Lissabon and to the Algarve. We would definitely recommend to book that tour.

Lisbon Private Setúbal Region Wine Tasting Tour Reviewed by Christoph, 06/21/2018