Top attractions 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
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!
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%
I really enjoyed seeing the beautiful Arrabida region and hearing about the history and way of life of the people who live here. The guide was very knowledgeable and courteous and made the day highly enjoyable.
Absolutely amazing! Breathtaking views. Muno is so knowledgable and humble. I had the best day ❤️ Definitely recommend this trip!