Setúbal, a port city, is an urban center rich in history, culture and gastronomy to discover. Between churches, convents, paradisiacal beaches and natural parks protecting animals and plants, this is a region that enchants all who pass through here.
Setúbal is located at the northern end of the Sado Estuary, a waterway where the famous bottlenose dolphins known as Sado dolphins live. The city is located in the middle of a region of great natural beauty, which includes the Tróia Peninsula with its transparent waters, the Serra da Arrábida and its hills, as well as the vineyards in Azeitão.
It is also the ideal place for adventure including sports activities from the most to the least radical.
Setúbal attracts visitors due to its beautiful beaches, its historical heritage, the beauty of its surroundings and the low prices in the area.
The beaches of Setúbal are, without a doubt, its tourist magnet. It has more than ten beaches, of which Galapinhos, Figueirinha and Portinho da Arrábida stand out.
To reach the beautiful and peaceful beaches of the Tróia Peninsula, take a boat in Setúbal. The trip takes about twenty minutes by catamaran or 30 minutes by ferry. By ferry, you can make the crossing by car to enjoy the wonderful beaches in the Alentejo.
On your trip to Setúbal, we propose some plans, such as going to the Mercado do Livramento (considered one of the best fresh fish markets in the world ), visiting the Convento de Jesus and its museum, strolling through the old town passing through the Praça de Bocage, the Rua Álvaro Castelões and Largo da Misericórdia. Visit the Church of Santa Maria de Graça, visit the Doca dos Pescadores port and take a stroll along the main avenue of Setúbal called Luísa Todi, and admire the classic buildings that are found there.
We also recommend that you take a stroll through the Parque Urbano de Albarquel that ends at Praia de Albarquel, and enjoy the panoramic views offered by the Fortress of São Felipe in the afternoon.
If you like nature, you cannot miss the visit to the Sado Estuary, one of the largest wetlands in Portugal. It is the ideal place for birdwatching lovers, as you can see over 100 species of birds in one day. Do not miss the visit to Moinho da Maré da Mourisca, one of the four tide mills, inserted in this bird watching area.
Do not hesitate to book your boat trip to cover the entire line of the estuary. It’s an authentic “safari”, where, in addition to the birds, you can observe the famous bottlenose dolphins (Sado dolphins).
Through hiking or guided tours, discover the Serra da Arrábida and its natural park. Be sure to also visit the Convento Velho, the Fort of Santa Maria and the mysterious cave of Lapa de Santa Margarida.
Finally, do not hesitate and enjoy the gastronomy of Setúbal, which specializes in fish dishes on the grill and seafood. Don't miss the famous Choco Frito de Setúbal, the city's most emblematic dish.
Next to the mountain you should visit the village of Azeitão, especially if you are a gastronomy lover. The famous Azeitão pies, DOP cheeses and Moscatel de Setúbal are a must. Also in Azeitão you can visit the José Maria da Fonseca or Quinta Bacalhôa cellars and taste their famous wines and then pass by the Cheese Museum of Azeitão.
To the north of the hotel, you can also find the picturesque Vila de Palmela, where you can visit the castle and the historic center.
Setúbal is just 30 km from Lisbon, one of the most vibrant and charismatic cities in Europe. It is a destination for all ages, as it can be visited both as part of a cultural trip, a family holiday, a relaxing city break or even as a base for a beach or nature holiday.