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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.

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What people are saying about Setubal

A great day thanks to our guide Rod and the dolphins.

I took the trip at 17 august with my 2 daughters and 2 nice swiss ladies. It was a luxury tot have a guide for ony the 5 of us. Our guide Rodrigues was, besides the dolphins, the main reason that we had a fantastic day. He picked us up on time at hotel, the ride to the boat was enjoyable because of his knowledge and great sense of humor. The trip on the catamaran was super, you could sit or lay down on the net and enjoy the sun and the wind or take a short swim while the captain was looking for the Dolphins. When the dolphins were spotted we sailed as long as possible in their proximity so that we had a good and long view. I would recommend this trip tot everyone. It's certainly worth the money !

Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Jan, 08/19/2017

We loved our trip to Arrábida. And would reccomend this company.

This trip was a highlight for us. Even though we started out with less than ideal weather we had a great day which was due to our awesome guide Joanna! I can’t rate her highly enough she had great English and was really passionate about the history. She went out of her way to make the trip special for us as we were a group of 2 and we even got to do some extra bits as we finished at the winery slightly earlier than planned. Having Joanna as our guide made the trip for us and it was the perfect way to spend our last day. She even gave us some good tips for somewhere to go out afterwards.

Excellent reliable company. especial thanks to Joao.

We had a last minute request to change our trip date due to a technical problem with the boat. However Joao was very flexible and accommodating to our needs and we managed to still do the trip to see the dolphins. Joao was very friendly and he was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Portugal and the dolphins and we had a very enjoyable day. Thank you so much, we really appreciated you making arrangements to fit us in during our time in Lisbon .

Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by Devina, 07/16/2019

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

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