Mercado do Livramento

Mercado do Livramento
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Setubal's Fish Market

Foodies with adore Setúbal's indoor Mercado do Livramento. It's an incredible place to head to sample those typical Portuguese flavours from bacalhau (salt-dried cod) to pasteis de nata (custard tarts). The array of fresh produce on sale here is simply mesmerising, with around 300 independent vendors all housed under the one roof. The fact that the market remains an integral part of Setúbal life and culture makes the market all the more impressive to behold.

Wander this vast warehouse-like space to soak up the atmosphere, or make your way among the stalls to pick and choose the very best ingredients for a picnic like no other. Seasonal fruits are always piled high, as are olives and other locally-grown foodstuffs. But the star of the show here for 140 years has been the market's fish, which arrive here fresh from the fishermen's boats each day. It's best to get here early to grab the best produce and enjoy the liveliest atmosphere.

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Setubal and its surrounding area are awash with history dating back to before the Roman period, indeed it is said that the town was founded by a relative of Noah. Its relationship with the sea is also remarkably long-lived...