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Setúbal (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɨˈtubaɫ] or [sɨˈtubɐɫ]) is the main city in Setúbal Municipality in Portugal with a total area of 172.0 km² and a total population of 118,696 inhabitants in the municipality. The city proper has 89,303[1] inhabitants.

The municipal holiday is September 15, which marks the date in the year 1860 on which King Pedro V of Portugal officially recognised Setúbal as a city.

The present Mayor is Maria das Dores Meira, appointed by the Unitarian Democratic Coalition.


City information

Statue of Setúbal poet Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage in a city square.

The seat of the municipality is the city of Setúbal, located on the northern bank of the Sado river estuary, approximately 40 km south of Portugal's capital, Lisbon. It is also the seat of the district of Setúbal.

In the beginning of the 20th century, Setúbal was an important center of Portugal's fishing industry, particularly sardines. However, none of the many factories then created are operating today. Although its industrial life is in decline, tourism is perceived as a big opportunity for the future since the nearby coast of the Arrábida natural park offers beautiful beaches and unspoilt nature. A dolphin colony inhabits the Sado River. Across the river on the south bank lies the peninsula of Tróia, where several high-rise luxury resorts were built and abandoned after the realization they were being constructed on sinking, unstable land. As of 2005, a new luxury resort is planned to replace today's Tróia. The Tróia peninsula can be sighted from Albarquel, a beach located in the north bank of the estuary, at the very beginning of Arrábida.

The main historical monument of the city of Setúbal is the Monastery of Jesus, with a 15th-16th century church that represents one of the first buildings in the Portuguese late Gothic style known as Manueline.

Also of interest are the São Julião Church, also with Manueline portals. The Castelo de São Filipe, is a 16th-17th century fortress on the north bank of the Sado river, overseeing the city. The fortress was converted into a luxury hotel (pousada).

Teatro Animação de Setúbal is based in Setúbal.


The city's main sports club is Vitória de Setúbal, established on November 20, 1910.

Notable residents

International relations


Twin towns — Sister cities

Setúbal is twinned with:

Setúbal has international cooperation protocols with:

External links



  1. ^ UMA POPULAÇÃO QUE SE URBANIZA, Uma avaliação recente - Cidades, 2004 Nuno Pires Soares, Instituto Geográfico Português (Geographic Institute of Portugal)

Coordinates: 38°32′N 8°53′W / 38.533°N 8.883°W / 38.533; -8.883

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Setúbal is a city in the Lisbon Region of Portugal, in the Setubal Peninsula subregion.


Setúbal is a coastal town, known for its fishing activities, traditions and industrial area. It's the capital of the Setúbal district. You might also want to check out Serra da Arrábida, for the nature part of Setúbal.

Get in

By plane


By train

You can access Setúbal by trains from Lisbon, and most towns in the surrounding area. You also have lots of trains from anywhere to Lisbon, if there is not a direct train to Setúbal, you might want to consider getting one to Lisbon, and then to Setúbal.

By car

It shouldn't be a problem to find your way, Setubal is a major town in the area, so, if you are around, you will have signs to point out your way.

By bus

There are buses that serve from Lisbon to Setúbal everyday and almost every hour a day, if you're in the capital it won't be a problem. There are also buses that serve the surrounding area towns.

By boat

The troia is a peninsula near Setúbal, and that is probably the only way to commercially reach Setúbal by boat.

Get around

Buses serve the whole town and are generally OK on schedules and quality.


The city of Setubal lacks in attractions, there isn't much to do. The suburbs of Palmela (castle), Sesimbra (beautiful beaches), Troia Peninsula (quite/adorable beach), serra da Arrabida (mount) are quite nice & lovely. Setúbal downtown is probably the place to go if you want to see the best parts of the city. Just ask how you can get to Avenida Luisa Tody (venue), and the rest will work out just fine. You can see some of the nicer monuments, architecture and daily life there. Also, at the end of the venue you will enter Arrabida. And anywhere to the sides is filled with shops and typical streets.


You might want to go to Arrabida to enjoy nature at its best in the Setúbal area, but be careful, its really not that hard to get lost there. Also, in avenida Luisa Tody, and if want to experience the typical morning for many people, you can go to the fishmarket and see things around. Theatre Luisa Tody, is located in the venue also, if you are a theatre fan, shows will be in Portuguese, though. You can also go for a walk in the park, it is located near the bus terminal, and rather near the Luisa Tody venue, its called "Parque do Bonfim" (Bonfim park).


There are several schools in Setúbal, and one polytechnic for higher education.


There are many shops spread around the city, as normal. In the Luisa Tody area you will find many small shops and bigger clothing shops mostly. For bigger commercial areas, theres the Aranguês Mall, which is well, not very big, but has a nice selection of stores. Theres the De Borla/Aqua park, where you can find some big and good appliances and eletronics shops. And theres the supermarket Jumbo, for your bigger needs, with a few shops outside too.


There are many typical restaurants where you can eat good grilled fish and typical food. There's also a good deal of fast-food shops and pizza places. You can also find Indian and Japanese food. For inexpensive Japanese food, you can go to the Aranguês area and ask around for the Japanese place, you can eat about everything you want with only 7,5€.


There's a nice selection of bars in Setúbal downtown.


The most hotels and accommodation you can find are probably downtown (once again, Luisa Tody venue) and there's also an hotel near the Bonfim, which is near the bus station.

  • Hotel Ibis Setúbal, Rua do Alto da Guerra, (+351)265 700 900, [1].  edit

In the heart of the Alentejo region, 30 km from Alcácer do Sal and over the Vale do Gaio dam, stands the beautiful Pousada of Torrão, Vale do Gaio.

  • Pousada de Santiago do Cacém - Quinta da Ortiga, Nature Hotel, Quinta da Ortiga 7540-909 Santiago do Cacém, +351-269 822 871 / 269 822 074 (, fax: +351-266 707 248), [3].   edit

This nature hotel has a beautiful chapel and it is encircled in a magnificent landscape crossed by a refreshing river, terraced gardens and a swimming pool are located where the former watering reservoir used to be.

  • Pousada de Setúbal - São Filipe, Historic Luxury Hotel, Forte de São Filipe - Nossa Srª. da Anunciada 2900-300 Setúbal, +351-265 550 070 (, fax: +351-265 539 240), [5].   edit

São Filipe's historical Pousada is installed in a fort from the late XVII century. This historic luxury hotel has a breathtaking view over the River Sado estuary from its terrace.

  • Pousada de Palmela - Castelo de Palmela, Historic Luxury Hotel, Castelo de Palmela 2950-317 Palmela, +351-212 351 226 (, fax: +351-212 330 440), [6].   edit

This historic luxury hotel is located on top of an imposing hill, and it is one of the best architectural fortresses in Portugal, specially known for its location and the magnificent views that it has to offer.

  • Pousada de Alcácer do Sal - D. Afonso II, Historic Luxury Hotel, Castelo de Alcácer do Sal 7580-197 Alcácer do Sal, +351-265 613 070 (, fax: +351-265 613 074), [7].   edit

The Pousada de Alcácer do Sal, D. Afonso II, is a luxury hotel situated in the thousand year old Alcácer castle that overlooks the river Sado, which runs through a vast green valley.

Stay safe

Setúbal is overall a safe area. There are some parts you might want to avoid, but the shabbiness will warn you of that. By day even in those parts you shouldn't have any problems, however, be cautious. Take the usual precautions, mostly at night in Setúbal downtown, usually you won't have a problem. If you are alone at night, just walk in very well lit places and with many people around. Lately there have been some troubles in Setubal, especially late at nite.

  • Alentejo coast/Minfontes
  • Evora.
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