Welcome to Setúbal


Back in town, it’s worth taking a stroll through the squares in the pedestrianised old town and clambering up to the hilltop fortress for views over the estuary. The fish reeled the Romans to Setúbal in 412, so it’s no surprise that seafood here is delicious. On Avenida Luísa Todi, locals happily while away hours polishing off enormous platters of choco frito and carafes of white wine.


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$104.24 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Dolphin Watching Tour from Lisbon

This full-day tour begins as you head south from Lisbon to Setúbal where you will board a modern catamaran or a fully restored salt galleon (depending on weather and sea conditions), for a relaxing and enjoyable cruise in the Sado Estuary, where you’ll learn about the resident bottlenose dolphins and hopefully be able to observe wild dolphins in their natural environment. The cruise takes between 2 to 3 hours. See the natural reserve of Arrábida, take in the stunning views, and learn about the area’s history and gastronomy.  You’ll see, from the ocean, the Arrábida Convent, The Saint Filipe Fort and discover some other important historical sites before returning to the old city centre of Setúbal.

$67.18 Cultural & Theme Tours

Azeitão and Arrábida Natural Park Private Day Trip from Lisbon

Leave Lisbon behind and head out in our Van or Suv to the other side of the Tagus River, crossing the 25 Abril bridge towards the Christ the King monument, whose height embraces Lisbon from 225 m above the sea level. Here prepare your camera to capture the magnificent views of Lisbon and surroundings. We continue our trip in a relaxed way to Azeitão, ancient village caracterized by its vineyards and olive yards. There we will visit a winery where you can taste a selection of fine wines, including the famous "Moscatel de Setúbal" (the cost of the tasting is included). Leaving Azeitão we head the atlantic west coast, looking for an old place of faith located on the cliffs of a Cape, the shrine of Our Lady of Espichel Cape. Built in the 18th century and evocating a legend from the 14th century, this impressive sanctuary used to host thousands of pilgrims, providing a lot of facilities like a barroque church, an aqueduct, lodgings, shops and even an Opera House. All this in a pretty secluded place. On the way to the shrine we'll take some time visiting the moorish castle of Sesimbra. Back in Azeitão we are ready to take you to the ridge top of Arrábida Natural Park, where the breathtaking views over the ocean will make you feel just like in a plane, facing the vast horizon of the immensity of blue clear waters and unended views of land along the coast of Alentejo region. Leaving the green natural area of Arrábida we go down to the sea level on the way to Setúbal, a big port city that never lost its bustling fishing activity. After visiting the fishing port of Setúbal and its multicoloured boats scenery, we will return to Lisbon crossing the Tagus River towards your hotel.

$75.28 Day Trips & Excursions

Surroundings of Lisbon

At your Lisbon hotel, greet your  guide and board an air-conditioned vehicle destined for the beautiful landscapes of the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park. Home to some of Portugal’s most stunning scenery, the 1-hour drive through the natural park offers numerous visual delights. Stop first at Cristo Rei, the monument based on Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, and capture photographs beneath the outstretched arms of Christ. Then, disembark at Palmela — a fortress surrounded by natural beauty . After a scenic drive along the coastline, stop at Setubal to feast on lunch in a typical Portuguese restaurant (own expense). Your next points of interest are the Azeitão villages: quaint hamlets dedicated to preserving Portuguese crafts such as tile-making and wood-carving. See Quinta da Bacalhoa, where you’ll have the chance to taste wine. Return to Lisbon via Vasco da Gama bridge and bid your guide farewell after drop-off at your hotel.

$113.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Arrabida Tour and Boat Ride to a Hidden Beach With Picnic from Lisbon

Set out from Lisbon to Serra da Arrábida, and climb to the top of the ridge for stunning views of the region’s landscape. The entire city of Lisbon unfolds to the north, alongside the mountains of St. Luís, St. Francisco, Louro, and Gaiteiros. To the south, you will see islets rising from the crystal clear blue sea, the Tróia peninsula, and the city of Setúbal.Descend through Portinho da Arrábida, a white-sand beach with crystal clear waters at the mouth of the Sado River. Head towards Sesimbra, a fishing village with calm waters located along a bay. A boat awaits to ferry you to another beach paradise, accessible only by boat. Enjoy a snack, and swim in the clear, sparkling waters.Visit the castle of Palmela, a former convent with panoramic views of the entire region. On clear days you can even catch a glimpse of Lisbon from the top of its tower. Stop into one of the region’s oldest wineries, a family-owned spot now in its fourth generation. Sample some of its famous varietals, from table wines to demarcated wines (with designation of origin). Finish your tour at your original starting point.

$104.24 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Tour from Lisbon with Traditional Fisherman's Lunch in Setúbal

After crossing Lisbon´s old bridge, head to Fonte da Telha Beach, home to an old fishing village. Learn about the fisherman's traditional way of life and different fishing techniques on a beach surrounded by cliffs and pine forests. Later on, travel along the coast to the Arrábida Mountain Range where you can see the breathtaking views of the Sado estuary, which is listed as one of the most beautiful bays of the world. Driving down the Arrábida Mountain arrival at the city of Setúbal, where you will visit the Livramento Market (established in 1930).This market was considered in June/2015 by USA Today Travel (Food & Wine), as one of the best fish markets of the world. The market’s distinctive tiled walls are called “Azulejos”. Comprised of 5,700 decorative tile pieces, the wall panels measure about 1,259 square feet and depict scenes of everyday local activities such as fishing and farming. You will see an assortment of local seafood laid out on counters and get to know how fish actually look like…Sardines are a favorite at the market. According to the Portuguese National Tourist Office, 13 sardines are eaten per second in Portugal during the month of June.To end your experience, you will lunch at a typical family run fisherman´s restaurant where you will eat a delicious and traditional Mediterranean meal.After lunch we head back to Lisbon.

$154.43 Private & Custom Tours

Private Arrabida Setubal and Azeitao Day Tour

Pick-up at your accommodation and drive towards South bank through Ponte 25 de Abril.  Stop at the Cristo Rei monument for enjoying the beautiful view of Lisbon.  Departure towards Sesimbra to visit Cabo Espichel Sanctuary and Sesimbra Castle.  Drive along the coastline and beach shore at Arrábida hills towards Setúbal.  Lunch in Setúbal at a typical Portuguese restaurant. Departure towards Azeitão villages to visit a traditional tile factory. See José Maria da Fonseca vineyards and cellars with an optional wine tasting (own expense), or Quinta da Bacalhoa vineyards and cellars with optional wine tasting (own expense). Tasting of traditional pastry at O Cego (subject to availability).  Return to Lisbon through Vasco da Gama bridge. Alterations of the route are accepted.This is a full-day trip usually starting between 8:00am and 9:00am visiting breath-taking landscapes and the uniqueness of the Setúbal and Arrábida regions.