Setubal is a working fishing town centred around the main harbour and the good beaches of the region are either a short bus, ferry or drive away. This guide will detail the best or most popular beaches close to Setubal and indicate who they are most suitable for. All of the regions beaches have lifeguard supervision during the summer but the cold temperatures of the seas always come as a shock to visitors.
Troia Peninsula – Best Beach as a Day Trip
The long sand bar peninsula of Troia lies to the south of Setubal and is connected by a regular ferry service that crosses the Sado Estuary. The northern end of Troia has been developed into an exclusive complex with marina, casino and hotels while the south leads to quieter and less developed beaches that are fringed by pine forests.
The three northern beaches close to the ferry landing are; Praia de Tria Mar, Praia Bico dos Lulas and Praia do Troia Gale while the larger Praia Atlantica covers much of the central part of the peninsula. The beaches of Troia are a great place to head to as there is always space to be had, even at the weekends and provide good facilities - for more information about the Troia Peninsula please click here.
Praia da Figueirinha - Family Friendly and Most Popular
Praia da Figueirinha (7.5km west of Setubal) is the largest beach to the west of Setubal and has clean waters, a wide soft white sand bar and is a favourite with Setubal's residents.
The stunning Praia da Figueirinha
The beach is child and family friendly that has a large submerged sand bar that revels it's self at low tide. The beach has good amenities combined with easy public transport connections making it very popular at the weekends.
Praia dos Coelhos - Most Beautiful
The small Praia dos Coelhos beach (9.5km west of Setubal) is the most visually stunning beach in the Setubal region, set on the edge of the dramatic Arrabida national park. The beach has crystal clear waters, golden sands that are backed by pine covered hills of the Serra de Arrabida.
The pretty Praia dos Coelhos beach
The only downside is the size of the beach which can quickly fill up at the weekend. Other close options if it is too busy are Praia da Figueirinha (1.5km east) or Praia do Creiro (1.4km west) – both make for good alternatives.
Praia de Albarquel – Closest to Setubal
Praia de Albarquel is the closest beach to Setubal (1.5km from central Setubal) and offers a wide strip of golden sand with beach bar and resturant.
The soft sands of the Albarquel beach
Unfortunately due to the proximity of the Sado Estuary the water quality is not as good as the other beaches but if topping up your tan is your idea then this beach is easily accessible and can be walked to in less 30 minutes. Praia de Albarquel has a unique rock feature to western edge of the beach.