Setubal is a city located on the northern bank of the Sado river estuary approximately 40 Km south of Lisbon. In the beginning of the 20th century, Setubal was an important center of Portugal’s fishing industry, sardines in particular.


Arrabida natural park offers beautiful beaches and unspoilt nature. A colony of dolphins lives in the Sado River, and across the river from Setubal lies the peninsula of Trioa, where several high-rise luxury resorts were built and abandoned after the realization they were being constructed on sinking, unstable land.

The main historical monument of the city of Setubal 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.