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Top Choice Wine Bar in Setúbal

Corktale

This hip wine bar is the domain of air-traffic-controller-turned-sommelier Gonçalo Patraquim, who will suss out your palate and introduce you to something brilliant from his meticulously curated inventory of 200 bou…
Top Choice Portuguese in Setúbal

490 Taberna STB

Probably Setúbal's best restaurant, this contemporary taberna is where in-the-know foodies go for revamped Portuguese cuisine with a modern edge. The bacalhau with poached eggs will completely reformat your idea of …
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…
Thai in Setúbal

Taifa

A nice break from seafood, Taifa is a jazzy little cafe with outdoor tables and an eclectic menu that includes fiery Thai curries from a Bangladeshi chef, Belgian beers and fragrant gin and tonics. The soundtrack is…
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…
Seafood in Setúbal

Baluarte da Avenida

Baluarte serves excellent fish and seafood dishes cooked to perfection without a lot of fuss. Start with local Azeitão cheese, followed by grilled fish or caldeirada for two, and finish with a glass of Setúbal mosca…
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…
Sandwiches in Setúbal

Amburgaria & Pregaria Tradicional

Trendiness meets country kitsch at this cute restaurant for burgers and pregos (traditional Portuguese steak sandwiches). Popular burgers include caco (with garlic butter, cheddar and a fried egg on traditional brea…