Located by the sea, between Setúbal and Sesimbra, the Natural Park of Arrábida has a unique beauty in the whole world. With paradisiacal nooks and incredible views, it combines the clear water of the beaches with the blue of the sea, the limestone cliffs and the bright green of the Mountain vegetation
Arrábida beaches are authentic natural paradises. With limpid and calm water, white sand and the unmistakably blue of the sea are common characteristics in all of them, which attract thousands of tourists, families and enthusiasts of nautical activities during the year and mostly in Summer.
Take a boat trip through the estuary of the river Sado and Costa da Serra da Arrábida and Tróia to observe the Sado Dolphins,the Bottlenose Dolphins,the friendly community that lives at the mouth of the river,about three dozen animals, one of the only three colonies estuaries throughout Europe.
The Natural Reserve of Sado Estuary is located in the Setúbal district and comprises the municipalities of Setúbal, Palmela, Alcácer do Sal and Grândola. Its main objective is the estuary maintenance, through the development of activities compatible with the ecosystem balance, the correct exploitation of resources, the defence of cultural or scientific values, as well as the promotion of outdoor recreational activities.
The Sado region Heritage is the set of assets, cults, traditions, which acknowledged in accordance with their ancestry, historical and cultural importance acquire a unique value of symbolic/material representative durability. It is important that the region heritage is passed on to future generations so that they know their past, traditions, history, customs, culture and identity of their people. From the most emblematic monuments of the Setúbal bay, to local histories and those of the country, the city heritage, that saw Bocage (the poet) being born is engraved in many other icons, such as wine tourism.
An activity that links all the aspects inherent to wine culture, promoting the knowledge of the wine production stages, their aromas and flavours. Wine Tourism invites you to experience by living the local culture and tradition, in order to put into context the historical importance of this agricultural activity in the region, through wine tasting, guided visits to wine cellars and wine tourism tours.
Typical gastronomy and regional products of Setúbal make this city an exceptional destination, in Portugal and in the world. Who never heard about choco frito (fried cuttlefish), cheese of Azeitão, oysters from Sado, Moscatel wine from Setúbal or even the honey from Arrábida? Whoever travels to Setúbal embarks on a trip to an unforgettable world of flavours and knowledge. But there is more. A region that is the known for its fresh fish, brave and genuine fisherman, selling outcries at Livramento Market, of the best canned fish, which after a long period of inactivity, is back to delight fish lovers, with more gourmet proposals and adapted to the new times. Prepare yourself to know the Regional Products of the Setúbal Peninsula and the famous Traditional Dishes of this fishermen’s land!