Attractions

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…
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…
Church in Setúbal

Igreja 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…
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 (upmarket inn) in the 1960s, its hulking ramparts a…
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. To get here wit…
Plaza in Setúbal

Praça do Bocage

All streets in the pedestrianised old town seem to lead to this mosaic-cobbled square, presided over by the arcaded pink-and-white town hall. It’s a sunny spot for a wander amid the palms and fountains, or for coffe…
Museum in Setúbal

Museu do Trabalho Michel Giacometti

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 factory. There’s also an entire 1920s grocery, transported from Li…
Museum in Setúbal

Museu de Arqueologia e Etnografia

This small, rambling museum showcases prehistoric, protohistoric and Roman collections as well traditional artefacts of fishing, gathering and salt exploitation, among other popular art and handicrafts.