What to do in Setúbal

Seen as a holiday destination, where the beauty of the Tagus Estuary and the Sado inspire for a relaxing and fun day along with the landscapes of Arrábida and its vineyards that offer landscapes breathtaking. A little over 30 kilometers from Lisbon, Setubal region is in the city center and the Palmela villages, Sesimbra, Alcacer do Sal and Grândola.

There are several attractions in mandatory stop Setúbal, starting with the Cathedral of Santa Maria da Graça, a construction of the XVI century that features beautiful tiles of the eighteenth century; according to the Monastery of Jesus, a Gothic church with beautiful Manueline pillars and finishing the first round at the Castle of St. Philip dating back to the sixteenth century and was built by King Philip II of Spain order in the year 1595.

Castelo de Sao Filipe
Catedral de Santa Maria da Graca
Mosteiro de Jesus

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Around it, there are picturesque villages that require detailed exploration, especially the village of Palmela, well known for its wine, accompanying the beautiful scenery of the Serra da Arrabida or the Castelo de Palmela, which at night it becomes a magical place. This was occupied by the Moors and conquered by the Portuguese in the twelfth century, having been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt until that currently has a luxurious inn.

Castelo de Palmela

Another village worth mentioning is Azeitão strongly known for excellent pastries and muscatel wines. To know well Azeitão is recommended to walking among farmhouses, palaces and fountains gradually will be known this village, romantic and rustic. Starting the street Admirals Kings, here the craft workshop are and a beautiful fountain, and walking until you reach the Church of St. Simon, who has a rich heritage azulejas seventeenth century. Even at his side, are the limits of Quinta da Bacalhôa, known for its wines and muscat.

Quinta da Bacalhoa

Going south is the village of Sesimbra, all she picturesque and fishing, this village is very popular for its natural beach and surrounding resort of Arrábida. Here is the Castle of Sesimbra, connected to important moments in the history of Portugal, having been conquered by the Moors in 1190 and recaptured by the Portuguese in the thirteenth century and shortly after was donated to the Order of Santiago.

Castelo de Sesimbra

To end a visit to Setubal region is strongly recommended a trip to Cabo Espichel, west of Sesimbra, this cable on the hypnotic cliffs and a gigantic magnitude. For many years, this was known as dark shores, that is dark coast it contained no light signals and haunted the minds of the most curious and expanding the ghostly creativity of the young.

Cabo Espichel