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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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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    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

Very nice, informative, private tour, awesome wine!

Thank you very much for the tour, it was a highlight during our trip and we recommend to everyone who is visiting Lissabons and likes wine.

Nice, well organized tour with João Dickmann.

Great day with João. Saw delphins and some of Lisbons coastline. Lunch at a local market was superb. Thanks, we've really enjoyed it and can definitely recommend it!
Full-Day Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/26/2016

Beautiful day, sincere knowledgeable guide.

Loved the small family run winery. Lunch in Sesimbra was lovely. It was end of September and I was able to take a swim over the lunch break! Beautiful views. Highly recommend!
Arrábida and Sesimbra Day Tour & Wine Tasting Reviewed by Breton, 09/22/2016

Fantastic! Great wine, brilliant guide, beautiful scenery

There are so many wine tours in and around Lisbon to choose from so I was very wary before booking any excursions for my girlfriend and I. However, this particular tour was fantastic and gave us so much more than we had anticipated. Our guide was friendly, funny and tailored the day around what we wanted to do and see to maximise our team. He also had superb local knowledge. We saw three excellent wineries and felt like we got a real 'off the beaten track' experience. Our guide even stopped off at the Christ the King statue overlooking the city on our way home so we could get a picture. Excellent service and would recommend to couple or friends of all ages.

A very good tour with an excellent and flexible guide.

Very interesting tour with 3 complete different wineries from big scale to small organic producer but all with good wines. We will absolutely recommend this to people who like private tours with a very knowledgeable and a flexible guide that can adapt it to your needs.

Based on 44 reviews by GetYourGuide customers