Today, Setubal is at the heart of the Portuguese sardine industry and is famed for it’s sweet and globally acclaimed moscatel wine. Its pedestrian streets, fountains and gardens lend it a certain grace, although its still very functioning harbour certainly dominates giving it the feel of a still thriving historic town.
Setubal lies at the mouth of the river Sado on the coast just below Lisbon and opposite the beautifully filigree sandy peninsula of Trioa, which protects it further from the often tempestuous Atlantic. The ancient Roman town of Cetobriga lies buried under the sands here. Once a prosperous fishing and fish-salting town, Certobriga was destroyed by an earthquake and the ensuing tidal wave in the 5th century. In the past century remnants of the town, including vestiges of its salting industry have been uncovered and can be visited. However, Trioa nowadays is predominantly a large-scale tourist complex with many apartments, facilities and available activities to compliment its glorious beaches.
For fans of Portuguese ‘azulejos’, the lovely chapel inside the Fort of Sao Felipe, situated on the hill overlooking the city, contains tiled dados depicting the life of its patron saint Felipe and the Virgin Mary made by one of the most famous tile-makers of the 1700s, Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes. The Spanish King Felipe II built this imposing, star-shaped fortification to defend the town in the 16th century when he annexed his neighbouring Portugal. Nowadays this castle is one of the most beautiful and luxurious places to stay in Portugal, since it has been converted into a pousada, with 16th century antique furniture and breathtaking views of the bay.
Setubal bed and breakfasts
The natural reserve surrounding the estuary of the river Sado provides all manner of wetland wonders from migratory birds and interesting fish species to unique agricultural and natural landscapes.
In recent years, development of the coast between Setubal and the capital has resulted in an array of high quality golf courses including possibly Portugal’s most popular and respected example at Aroeira. Designed in the 70’s by Pennink, the course has received many accolades and is widely considered one of the best in Europe.
- Quinta de Catralvos (from €61.60)
Bordering Arrábida Natural Park close to the city of Setúbal this guest house is surrounded by vineyards and a rural oasis far from city life.Offering only a small number of guest rooms Quinta De Ca
- Villa Sobreiro (from €70.40)
Well-situated in Quinta do Perú Golf Resort at the foot of Arrábida Natural Park this charming guesthouse offers spacious and modern rooms with free wireless internet access. Just 20 minutes from th
- Hotel Arangues (from €51.92)
With great facilities an ideal location in the centre of Setubal you will find Hotel Arangues as friendly and convenient as it is affordable. Each guestroom is tastefully appointed and includes air co
- Pousada de Setúbal - S. Filipe (from €70.40)
São Filipe's historical Pousada is installed in a fort from the late XVII century built by King Philip II of Spain (Philip I of Portugal). This historic luxury hotel has a breathtaking view over the
- Residencial Setubalense (from €35.16)
The Hotel Residencial Setubalense is an oasis of tranquility on one of the most typical streets of Setubal's historical heart offering you a comfortable place where you can enjoy your stay.At Hotel Re
- Villa Quinta Do Peru 1 (from €1295.00)
The villa is located in the prestigious golf resort of Quinta do Peru. It comprises 2 suites, 1 duplex bedroom and 1 double bed bedroom, 3 bathroom (one with hydro-massage), living room, dining room,
- A Quite Place To Enjoy Your Holidays (from €2800.00)
This house is in Quinta do PerÃº, a renouned portuguese golf course, about 20 minutes drive from Lisbon.
- Villa Sobreiro In Quinta Peru Golf Resort (from €1890.00)
The villa is constructed over three levels with a total of 685 sqm. It comprises 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 6WC, 2 living rooms, a panoramic state of the art kitchen, hydro-massage, sound surrounding sy