Top things to do in Setúbal Peninsula

Top Choice Seafood 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 originally s…
Top Choice Wine 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 is a great, somewhat sophisticate…
Top Choice Portuguese 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, wit…
Church in Setúbal

Convento de Jesus

Setúbal’s architectural 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 a…
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 fo…
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 upstairs h…
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 little-visited M…
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 back…
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 sim…
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 ta…