The serra da Arrábida is one of the most visited sites in Setúbal. Is embedded in the Natural Park of Serra da Arrábida with unparalleled views over the Atlantic Ocean. In Sierra there are still evidence of Roman occupation and its importance in landscape diversity in terms of Botany and zoology. One of the best views of Setúbal is from the viewpoint of the Castle or Fort of São Filipe. The Troia peninsula is directly across the Sado. You can go there to ferry. The trip is beautiful to do and go to the beaches of the peninsula is an unforgettable experience. In Setúbal, the beaches are also very needed. Some of the most sought after are the Portinho da Arrábida, Galapos Beach and the Praia da Figueirinha beach. The religious heritage of Setúbal is very rich, as demonstrated by the churches of good time or Announced. Two of the sites that deserve a longer visit are museums: the Museum Sebastião da Gama and the Museum of archaeology and Ethnography of the Setúbal district, to learn more of regional history. In Setúbal are numerous references to Luísa Todi, born on this earth, which was considered the mezzo-soprano most famous Portuguese of all time. One of the biggest local avenues has its name and is the shopping and big city excitement. Fish make the greatest gastronomic specialties setubalense and there is a great diversity of restaurants, where there is a large choice of fish, especially grilled. The cuttlefish fried or grilled cuttlefish with ink and with boiled potatoes to accompany, are among the most requested dishes by visitors of Setúbal. Azeitão cheese and moscatel de Setúbal are other local products to try. The House of Bocage houses pieces of art, books and documents depicting the life and work of the famous Portuguese poet Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage, born in Setúbal in 1765.
Where to eat in Setúbal
Miguel restaurant, located in Setúbal, presents a strong fish-based menu. The home team combines th…
A small restaurant, near the city centre, that features exclusively fish dishes. Good wine list.
490 Latin Tavern Restaurant STB offers a wide variety of dishes, either meat or fish, at affordable…
Author, Portuguese, Vegetarian
Choco Museum restaurant, in Setúbal, inaugurated in late August 2013, presents, as the name implies…
What to do in Setúbal
Castelo de São Filipe / Forte de São Filipe
Located about 1 km from Setúbal, the fortress stands overlooking the sea. Without any type of Tower, the fortress ended inside a set of buildings, among which stand out the Governor's residence and the Church. This temple is coated, inside, with tile panels dated from 1736, representing scenes from the life of St. Philip.
Praia do Portinho da Arrábida
A small beach with a reacreational port and a rather rich variety of maritime fauna. In the vicinity there is a cave, the Lape de Santa Margarida, with vestiges of the power paleolithic man. In the distance, one may see the Fortress of Our Lady of Arrábida. Quality restaurants with typical dishes, where the Azeitão cheese, the honey and the …
Convento de Jesus
Convent founded by Justa Rodrigues Pereira, love of d. Manuel, in 1490, during the reign of King John II. This monarch, who the following year visit the works, decided to expand the initial project. The conduct of delivery works by Diogo de Boitaca, the first architect of the Jerónimos, who performs his first job in the country. The convent has …
Serra da Arrábida
Located in the Natural Park of the Arrábida Hill, it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It spreads from the Palmela hillock to the Cape Espichel and it is 35 km long, 6 km wide in average, and reaches its peak at the Alto do Formosinho. Occupied since the days of old, the roman presence may be seen in the tanks that …
Parque Natural da Arrábida
The Arrábida Natural Park comprises a set of accidents that form the "arrábica" mountain range. This park aims to preserve the natural, socio-cultural, economic and historc values of the region. Its importance in terms of nature and landscape is enormous, due to its uniqueness and its scarce peopling. The Alto dos Píncaros, on the top of the Risco Hill, at …
Convento da Arrábida
In 1990 it was sold to the Fundação Oriente and is now part of the Net of European Cultural Centres set in historic places.
Museu do Trabalho Michel Giacometti
A space located in an old fish preserves factory, that features collections of agricultural objects belonging to Michel Giacometti, industrial machines related to preserves and lithographies.
Igreja de Santa Maria da Graça
This church was totally reconstructed on the 16th century and it presents a façade preceded by a porch. The portico is sided by two bell ringer towers on the middle of which there is a terrace with crenels. It is …
Praia do Galapinhos
A beach that ends by a hillside covred by lush vegetation, with good water. There is a small backup bar that serves light meals.
Arco da Rua Arronches Junqueiro
Ancient sculpture of Santa Iria protected by a metallic covering. This pillar marks the place where, accordingly to the tradition, the sarcophagus of the martyr Santa Iria came to rest.
Igreja Paroquial de São Sebastião
This church is in mannerism and Pombaline style and it makes part of the Convent of São Domingos. Some of the elements were altered with the Pombaline reform, such as the façade, the lateral elevations and the decoration.
Parque Urbano de Albarquel
With about four hectares, this green space provides a fantastic view to the estuary and Troia. Has playground, restaurant, café-bar with terrace, exhibition gallery, and is prepared to practice various sports\/leisure activities.
Palácio e Quinta da Bacalhoa
This construction is dated from the 15th and 16th centuries and it belonged to Afonso de Albuquerque Family, India Viceroy. It is part from one of the most important ensembles, together with its gardens and “loggia”, from the civil architecture …
Praça do Bocage
This is a pleasant square, located in the centre of Setúbal, which owes its name to the local poet that you can see represented on a statue. Place of social intercourse for the people of the city, the shadows and …
Praia de Galapos
A very beautiful beach, with crystal clear waters, ideal for families, surrounded by the imposing Arrábida mountain. It has a good quality restaurant that serves tidbits.
Forte de Santiago do Outão
Fort located at the foot of Serra da Arrábida. Its tower is dated from 1390. In 1572 it suffered enlarging works and was completely remodelled after the Restoration War. The chapel, covered with glazed tiles from the XVIII century, is …
Museu Municipal de Setúbal / Convento de Jesus
This museum, located from its origins in the Convent of Jesus in Setúbal, features about 500 years of history and art, namely religious art (painting, sculpture, jewelry, from the 15th to the 19th centuries) and the "Primitivos de Setúbal" (The …
Parque Ambiental do Alambre
Situated in the Natural Park of Arrábida, the environmental Park Alambre integrates a forested area of approximately 32 hectares, as well as a set of prefabricated installations in wood with 19 buildings grouped into 7 modules (sanitary facilities, main module, …
Praia da Figueirinha
Quite a lovely beach where envrionmental lessons take place. It has a library, radio and first aid. There are boats for rental. It has a somewhat high priced quality restaurant. A lot of traditional commerce.
Zona Ribeirinha de Setúbal
Picturesque area located by the port, where is possible to witness the arrival of the fishing boats and enjoy the flurry that buits round this activity.
Igreja de São Julião / Igreja Matriz de Setúbal
From the church main and lateral façade it stands out the Manueline doorways resultant from the 1513 reform. Inside the monument, the three naves decorated with glazed tiles panels from the 18th century, stand out.
Jardim da Avenida Luisa Todi
Large area wit a nice esplanade. It offers lawn areas allowing sports and benches with shades to rest. Several statues and water spouts adorn the garden.
Portal da Igreja do Convento de Jesus
This construction is from 1490 and has Diogo Boitaca signature. This is a highly important work on the Portuguese architectonic history; hence it is one of the first constructions to present Manueline architecture features. To stand out the main chapel …
Where to sleep in Setúbal
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A Quinta de Alcube, em Azeitão, engloba 200 hectares de espaço rural preservado, dos quais 50 são de vinha plantada em pleno Parque Natural da Arrábida. Aceite…
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