Setubal, in Alentejo, is a city of roughly 120,000 people.
Lisbon, the national capital, is located 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Setubal, while Albufeira lies 110 miles (177 kilometers) to the south.
Setubal is blessed with many fine beaches tailor-made for long days in the sun. Troia Beach and Vila Nova de Milfontes Beach are among the best spots for sunbathing in this region. Galapos Beach and Zambujeira do Mar Beach are another two popular beaches in the region.
Book a guided tour of some of the castles in and around Setubal. If you love ancient architecture, tour Palmela Castle and Alcacer do Sal Castle to discover how different life was in olden times. If you love exploring old-world castles also visit the Castelo Sao Felipe and the Santiago do Cacem Castle.
Study the collections, see historical and cultural presentations, have lunch or visit the gift shops in some of the local museums such as the Setubal Museum or the Michel Giacometti Museum. Study the displays, try the hands-on exhibits or simply enjoy the quiet.
The Setubal area features some gracious public spaces; Praca do Bocage is one of the most-loved. Take a few photos and spend a hour people watching before heading off to explore the nearby cafes and shops.
Step back in time and discover local history with a visit to the Archaeological Museum, one of the most popular history museums. Walk the collection’s cool hallways and view the exhibits on display.
Set aside some time for the Sines Culture and Arts Centre, one of the most popular museums in Setubal. Admire the building or see if a tour guide is available and try the interactive exhibits.
Give your kids a break from sightseeing in Setubal at Santo Andre Karting Track, a much-loved destination that will entertain the entire family. Pack your sense of fun and adventure for a day filled with thrills, craziness and magical moments.
Jardim do Largo Augusto Fuschino is one of the most frequently visited public green spaces around Setubal. Families will enjoy this park for the relaxed atmosphere and well-designed garden beds and trees.
Spend some time at Setubal’s historic fortifications to learn more about the city’s more turbulent times. Despite a past steeped in conflict, the Ilha do Pessegueiro Fort is nowadays a tranquil place, perfect for reflecting on the sacrifices and struggles of this city’s earliest residents.