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Visit centuries-old Setúbal

A calm but cosmopolitan city near the Sado River.
Pedro Zagacho Gonçalves 3 de Novembro de 2016 às 17:34
Avenida Luísa Todi, the main street in Setúbal
Avenida Luísa Todi, the main street in Setúbal FOTO: Direitos Reservados

Established as a city in 1860, but with a past linked to the Roman period in Europe, Setúbal has always been part of one of the most important aspects of Portuguese industry: fish. It once had many factories, not active today, of dry and canned fish.

Nowadays, it is a very important touristic site, offering maritime ports and marines, excellent hotels and resorts, bathed by the Sado River. In the Sado, you can sometimes see a big colony of dolphins, which makes the River its home, and usually play in the calm waters, delighting tourists and locals alike.

Across the River, by ferry, is it possible to visit the Tróia peninsula, busting with luxury hotels, resorts and houses and amazing beaches. Also, if you’re in the city, be sure to visit the Arrábida Mountains, in where the landscape also ends in the Atlantic Beaches.

The main historical monuments of the city include the Monastery of Jesus, which include a 15th ans 16th century church that is part of the Portuguese late Gothic style, known as Manueline. The São Julião Church is also of interest with Manueline Portals. The Castelo de São Filipe is a fortress in the north bank of the Sado River, which was converted to a luxury hotel.

The typical gastronomy includes the freshest fish, where sardines, the exclusive subspecies of horse mackerel (locally known as ‘carapau manteiga’) and fried cuttlefish are sure to amaze even the more exigent palates.

How to get here: 38.5254, -8.89409


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