The Praia de Albarquel is the closest of the Arrábida beaches to the town of Setubal. A lovely stretch of golden sand with great views across the calm waters of the Sado estuary to the Troia Peninsula. This is a pretty spot with plenty of facilities including a seasonal lifeguard making it ideal for kids.
Behind the beach rise the wooded hills of the Serra da Arrabida with the Forte de São Filipe high above. There is another smaller fort on the beach itself; the 17th century Forte de Albarquel which was built to defend the mouth of the Rio Sado.
Given its proximity to Setubal, Albarquel is a popular beach. You can walk here from the town but most people take the bus as parking can be quite difficult during the summer months.