Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado


This natural reserve protects the Sado Estuary, a biologically rich area of wetlands extending east and south of Setúbal. With more than 250 avian species, this is a prime spot for birdwatching. The little-visited Moinho de Maré da Mouriscas, 8km east of Setúbal, has short walking trails and a bird observatory across the mudflats.

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Nearby Setúbal attractions

1. Moinho de Maré da Mouriscas

2.46 MILES

This former tide mill built in 1601, which also houses a gallery and cafe, is a worthwhile nature-tourism interpretive centre amid prime birdwatching…

2. Museu do Trabalho Michel Giacometti

6.66 MILES

How does the sardine get in the tin and 1001 other fishy mysteries are solved at this quirky, rarely visited museum, set in a former sardine-canning…

3. Museu de Arqueologia e Etnografia

6.78 MILES

This small, rambling museum showcases prehistoric, proto-historic and Roman collections as well as traditional artefacts of fishing, gathering and salt…

4. Praça do Bocage

6.99 MILES

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…

5. Casa da Cultura

7.02 MILES

This newish art space has a packed cultural calendar. Wander through changing exhibitions on the main floor, or stop in for an evening concert of jazz…

6. Convento de Jesus

7.08 MILES

Setúbal’s man-made wonder is this sand-coloured stunner, the first known example of Manueline architecture, adorned with gargoyles and twirling turrets…

7. Cais Palafítico da Carrasqueira

7.48 MILES

Built in the 1950s and 1960s, this ramshackle, zigzagging, interlocking pier on wooden stilts is one of Europe's last surviving of its kind. At sunset, it…

8. Castelo de São Filipe

7.89 MILES

Worth the 500m schlep uphill to the west, the castle was built by Filipe I in 1590 to fend off an English attack on the invincible Armada. Converted into…