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Setubal

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National Parks · Beaches · Farmers Markets
Setúbal is a city and a municipality in Portugal. The population in 2014 was 118,166, in an area of 230.33km². The city proper had 89,303 inhabitants in 2001.In the times of Al-Andalus the city was known as Sheṭūbar. In the 19th century, the port was called Saint Ubes in English and Saint-Yves in French.The municipal holiday is 15 September, which marks the date in the year 1860 on which King Pedro V of Portugal officially recognised Setúbal as a city.City informationThe city of Setúbal is located on the northern bank of the Sado River estuary, approximately 48km south of Portugal's capital, Lisbon. It is also the seat of the Setúbal District.In the beginning of the 20th century, Setúbal was the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry, particularly sardines. None of the many factories then created are operating today. However, the existing maritime ports, either traditional, commercial and the new marines, keep the city links to the ocean and water well alive and vibrant. Tourism, based on the beautiful existing natural conditions plus excellent hotels, resorts and infrastructures, is one of the city's most appreciated resources, due to its interconnection with the Sado (river) on one side and Atlantic Ocean on another, having a coast line with both. The city is also connected with the nearby coast of the Arrábida hills natural park - which offers an unspoiled nature and beautiful beaches to the Atlantic Ocean. A dolphin colony inhabits the Sado River. Across the river on the south bank lies the peninsula of Tróia, a place with vast white/golden sand beaches where several luxury hotels and resorts were recently built. The Tróia peninsula can be sighted from the city, across the river. Albarquel, Figueirinha, Galápos, Galapinhos and Portinho da Arrábida are some of the city's many beaches, located in the north bank of the estuary, at the very beginning of the Arrábida hills.
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Parque Natural da Arrabida ©
National Park
Parque Natural da Arrabida
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Serra da Arrabida ©
Outdoor Activity
Serra da Arrabida
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Duration: 2 hours
Praia de Galapinhos ©
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Praia de Galapinhos
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Climbing Tour
Climbing Tours
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Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Setubal

Castelo de Sao Filipe ©
Landmark
Castelo de Sao Filipe
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Figueirinha Beach ©
Beach
Figueirinha Beach
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Setubal

Capela dos Ossos ©
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Capela dos Ossos Evora
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Duration: 2 hours
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Centro Historico de Evora Evora
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Duration: 2 hours
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Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei Almada
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Beaches in Setubal

Praia dos Coelhos ©
Beach
Praia dos Coelhos
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Duration: 4 hours
Praia dos Galapos ©
Beach
Praia dos Galapos
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Duration: 4 hours
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Anicha Beach
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Praia do Creiro ©
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Praia do Creiro
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Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Setubal

Praia do Portinho da Arrabida ©
Beach
Praia do Portinho da Arrabida
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Duration: 2 hours
Praia de Albarquel ©
Beach
Praia de Albarquel
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Duration: 2 hours
Praia da Saude
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Praia da Saude
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Setubal

Baia de Setubal
Water Body
Baia de Setubal
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Reserva Natural do Estuario do Sado ©
State Park
Reserva Natural do Estuario do Sado
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Duration: 4 hours

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