With its white sandy beaches and seafront forts, Setubal District is an enchanting slice of Portuguese coast. If you appreciate fine wine then you’re in luck. Not only is Setubal District surrounded by lush vineyards but it’s also home to one of Portugal’s most illustrious estates.
Things to do in Setubal
Set in Arrabida Natural Park, Praia do Figueirinha is one of Portugal’s most beautiful beaches. Praia da Lagoa de Albufeira is another stunner, with a trio of lagoons opening up onto a world-class surf break.
There’s no better place to discover Portugal’s world-famous wine than beautiful Bacalhoa. Housed in a 15th-century castle, this family-owned vineyard has been blending fine wines since the 1920s. Today you can enjoy tasting tours, stroll around the manicured grounds and stock up on award-winning cabernet sauvignons, roses and ports.
Hugging the Setubal District coast is the historic fishing village of Sesimbra. Here you can stroll up to the crumbling 17th-century fort that overlooks Setubal Bay or explores the ruins of an ancient Moorish stone castle. Head to the Sesimbra waterfront to find a colourful mix of restaurants serving fresh seafood.
Home to giraffes, zebras and other exotic animals, the Badoca Safari Park is a great place to take the entire family. Kids will also love boat tours that get you face to face with Setubal’s friendly pods of bottlenose dolphins.
Getting around Setubal
The Setubal District sits just south of Lisbon and takes about one hour to reach via car. Renting a car is your best bet, giving you the freedom to sightsee at your own leisure and to access off-the-beaten-track areas.