Top ChoiceSeafood in Sesimbra

Casa Mateus

Upgrade from ubiquitous grilled fish at this cosy dining room drenched in hardwood and old stone. In 2013, husband, wife and son team Carlos, Cristina and Pedro resurrected a 55-year-old family business...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in Setúbal

Corktale

This hip wine bar has lost a bit of lustre by no longer employing a sommelier, but its well-stocked inventory of 125 or so boutique wines means it's still got a lot going for it, and it is a great, somewhat...

Top ChoicePortuguese in Costa da Caparica

O Mercado

Oozing rustic charm, this savvy Portuguese-fusion gastropub is a pleasant escape from beach-bum Babylon. The select menu ranges from classics (bitoque à portuguesa) to modern takes on beef cheeks and pork belly,...

Church in Setúbal

Convento de Jesus

Setúbal’s man-made wonder is this sand-coloured stunner, the first known example of Manueline architecture, adorned with gargoyles and twirling turrets. Around the altar, 18th-century blue-and-white geometric...

Viewpoint in Setúbal Peninsula

Cristo Rei

Visible from almost anywhere in Lisbon, the 110m Cristo Rei is a statue of Christ with outstretched arms. The slightly more baroque version of Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer was erected in 1959 to thank God...

Cultural Centre in Setúbal

Casa da Cultura

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 trios, classical quartets and world music. The cinema...

Nature Reserve in Setúbal

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...

Castle in Sesimbra

Castelo de Sesimbra

For sweeping views over dale and coast, roam the snaking ramparts of the Moorish castle, rising 200m above Sesimbra. It was taken by Dom Afonso Henriques in the 12th century, retaken by the Moors, then snatched...

Seafood in Setúbal

O Pescador II

With tables sprawled along a lane a block or two back from the main drag, this simple but immensely authentic seafooder ain't much for manners and pleasantries, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a better deal on...

Nature Reserve in Setúbal

Moinho de Maré da Mouriscas

This former tide mill built in 1601, which also houses a gallery and cafe, is a worthwhile nature-tourism interpretive centre amid prime birdwatching territory at Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado. Visitors can...

Seafood in Sesimbra

Lobo do Mar

This unassuming seafooder in Porto de Abrigo has outgrown its humble beginnings as a bathing service in 1926 (there's a distinguishable line between its modern expansion and its original old school fisherman's...

Tapas in Costa da Caparica

Clássico Beach Club

One of the best beach bars in São João, stylishly built by a trendy Lisbon chef but taken over by Brazilians, who have shaken up the beach food scene with Bahian moquecas, tapioca crepes and croquettes, and other...

Thai in Setúbal

Taifa

A nice break from seafood, Taifa is a jazzy little cafe with outdoor tables and an eclectic menu that includes a limited but good menu of pad thai and red and green curries, Belgian beers and fragrant gin and...

Cocktail Bar in Setúbal

Roof61

What a view! You can practically see beachgoers slathering on the sunscreen in Tróia from this upscale 6th-floor cocktail bar's open-air patio. DJs spin deep house from an epic retro yellow stereo cabinet, and...

Sports & Outdoors in Costa da Caparica

Collective

In addition to offering custom-shaped surfboards (starting from €405; four to five weeks), this hip surf shop rents everything (surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, leashes, fins; surfboards half day/full day from...

Seafood in Setúbal

Casa do Mar

A standout among myriad seafooders in this warehouse district backing up against the water and a favourite of actual setubalense. It's a bit pricier than its neighbours but popular dishes like shrimp red curry...

Castle in Setúbal

Castelo de São Filipe

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 a pousada in the 1960s, its hulking ramparts afford...

Seafood in Sesimbra

Isaías

No menu, no frills, just the tastiest grilled fish and cheapest plonk in town at this tasca run with love and prowess by Senhor Isaías' surviving son Carlos, grandson Thiago and chip-maven Maria. Sole, sardines,...

Lounge in Setúbal

Absurdo

The trendiest spot in town is your weekend must, when the outdoor patio here rocks and rolls until sunrise. Absurdo is where you'll find Setúbal's bold and beautiful, sipping excellent cocktails and struggling to...

Bar in Sesimbra

Tap House

The most popular spot for a drink in town is this craft beer–fuelled terrace inside Fortaleza de Santiago. Local Arrábida Beer Company's seven options – from a thyme lager to a citrusy IPA – go down a treat...