Setubal Portugal Guide

The busy port and commercial fishing centre of Setubal makes for an enjoyable day trip from Lisbon. The city contains a charming historic centre and pretty harbour front, which is renowned for its fresh fish restaurants. Setubal is primarily an industrial city, but is set in a region of immense beauty; to the east is the stunning Serra da Arrabida while to the south is the Troia Peninsula, which is regarded as one of Portugal’s finest coastlines.

The Setubal region is famed for its production of Muscatel, and the muscat grapes used for this sweet wine are grown in the vineyards that cover the surround countryside. As Setubal is a port, parts of city can feel neglected and deprived but there is a surprising amount to see and do, and is worthy of a day trip or short stay for tourists who are touring central Portugal.

Quick introduction to Setubal Portugal

Setubal, Sesimbra or Costa da Caparica?

Setubal, Sesimbra and Costa da Caparica are three popular tourist destinations on the Setubal Peninsular. Costa da Caparica is a modern resort town, Setubal is a busy port and Sesimbra is a pretty Portuguese holiday destination. Generally, for a day on the beach from Lisbon head to Costa da Caparica, for a holiday destination choose Sesimbra and for a day trip choose Setubal. Setubal is a fascinating city but is far from a conventional holiday destination and the Serra da Arrabida is easily accessible from Sesimbra.

Extended Setubal Portugal Introduction

Setubal is a working town but is a good base from which to explore the region as it offers great value, stunning landscapes, unspoilt beaches all within a short distance of the port. Let us here at show you why you should include the Setubal peninsula on your Portugal holiday plans.

Setubal's other main advantage as a resort is that it is so close to Lisbon and the major gateway of Lisbon airport. Due to the regular bus service visitors can be either at the heart of Lisbon or in Setubal in under an hour. Along the coast to the west from Setubal is the rugged headland of Cabo Espichel and the much smaller fishing town of Sesimbra both within easy reach by public transport. Setubal but has a lively atmosphere that makes for a good base to explore the Setubal Peninsula.

sesimbra coastline

The colourful fishing fleet

Setubal and Sesimbra are slightly off the common tourist trail but can be easily combined with a holiday in Lisbon. Many tourist insist on heading south to the Algarve but there is as much natural beauty within just a stones throw of Lisbon and best of all few foreign tourists even know of the region. Outside of the short Portuguese summer season beaches are quiet and the more remote beaches completely deserted.

As Setubal is not a common tourist town, with most tourist heading to Sesimbra, prices for accommodation food or services are great value. The town makes for an ideal complement destination after visiting Lisbon and the Setubal Peninsula is a highly recommended region to visit.

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