Situated on Portugal’s picturesque west coast, on the northern bank of the Sado River estuary, and harbouring historic links to the Atlantic Ocean, Setubal was once one of Iberia’s most thriving fishing ports.[ReadMoreMob] These days, the fishing industry here isn’t quite as large, though still an important part of Portuguese sardine fishing and trade, but the city’s riverside location is still key.
Setubal is the perfect starting point for discovering a wealth of natural treasures in the surrounding regions; embark on an exploration of the Sado estuary – perhaps via boat tour – and you could encounter diverse flora and fauna, including bottlenose dolphins, white storks and flamingos, amongst the marshy wetlands. Meanwhile, dramatic coastal parks and superb beaches await discovery just a short distance away too.
Alternatively, those who opt to head into the city and explore will be rewarded with plenty of highlights and attractions too; strolling through the pedestrianised old town is the best way to seek-out Setubal’s historical and architectural treasures, such as the 15th century Mosteiro de Jesus and Sao Juliao Church. Those who take the time to climb to the hillside-situated Castelo de Sao Filipe will be immersed in centuries of history, and discover spectacular views of Sado’s gorgeous landscapes below.