Praça do Bocage


All streets in the pedestrianised old town seem to lead to this mosaic-cobbled square, presided over by the arcaded bright-purple town hall. It’s a sunny spot for a wander amid the palms and fountains, or for coffee and people-watching on one of the pavement terraces.

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Nearby Setúbal attractions

1. Casa da Cultura

0.05 MILES

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3. Museu de Arqueologia e Etnografia

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5. Castelo de São Filipe

1.01 MILES

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6. Moinho de Maré da Mouriscas

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8. Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado

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