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Sightseeing in Setubal - what to see. Complete travel guide

Located in a wonderful climatic zone on the slopes of low ridges, Setubal is adjacent to the Sierra de Arrábida National Park on one side, and to the Rio Sado River on another. This town is located not far away from the famous Troy peninsula.
Setubal is founded on the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement named Cetobria. This place is famous for its attractive streets with beautiful old houses, lush gardens and cozy shops, where you can find numerous nice souvenirs. The main sights of the town are Santa Maria de Graz Cathedral built in the XVI century and renowated in the XVIII century. After the renovation in the church appeared beautiful tiles with hand paintings. Tourists usually enjoy visiting the monastery of Jesus, which is also the location of Setubal Museum, and Gothic church of Jesus decorated with columns made of pink stone.
The territory of Setubal is famous for its spectacular scenery that unleashes the true beauty of the surrounding hills. The city organically combines its medieval look with architectural monuments that have been built later. These buildings are referred to different stylistic directions from different eras. On evenings the waters of the Rio Sado River offer an amazing entertainment – visitors can look at runs of dolphins that come to the river. The local government carefully protects all animals. Copyright
Saint Philip's Castle is situated on top of the hill. It was built at the end of the 16th century to protect the coastal area. The castle is notable for its unusual architecture. It has the form of a star. Its first major reconstruction took place in the 18th century. In 1969, the historical building was badly damaged by an earthquake and was completely restored only ten years later. Today, it houses a luxurious hotel. Absolutely everyone can spend a few days there.
Miniature St. Julian church of the 13th century is also a great place to visit. Local fishermen spearheaded the construction of the church. It was their donations that helped to build a religious monument. Over the years, the church has been rebuilt several times. At present, its external appearance and interior design combine elements of different styles. The ancient wooden floor is one of the most unusual elements of its design. Ancient tiles also preserved there.
Fonseca historic vineyard, located in the vicinity of the city, will be of interest to even those who are indifferent to alcoholic beverages. The opening of the winery was held in 1834. The process of brand wine production has not changed from then on. Today, the plant is open for excursions. Its visitors can see old equipment, barrels for aging wine, and even taste the best varieties.
Bocage Square is a popular walking place among tourists. It is located in the very heart of the city. The name was given to the historical square in honor of the famous Portuguese poet Manuel Maria Barbosa du Bocage. His monument was erected in the very center as early as 1871. The area is characterized by an incredibly beautiful design. It is lined with colored decorative stone. Slender palm trees are planted around.
Lovers of walking in picturesque natural places will be offered a tour around Arrabida national park. The park was founded in 1976 and occupies a vast area of more than 100 sq. km. One can enjoy dense exotic forests, see rare plants and typical representatives of the local fauna. There are even two gorgeous beaches open for swimming there.

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Setubal
♥   Castle 'Castle of São Jorge' , 28.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Penas' , 51.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of the Moors' , 51.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Viana do Alentejo' , 81.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Óbidos' , 94.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Setubal
♥   Nature Park 'Arrábida' , 16 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Sintra-Cascais' , 54.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Serras de Aire e Candeeiros' , 108.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina' , 120.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Nature Park 'Vale do Guadiana' , 143.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Setubal and around
♥   Art museum 'Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga' Lisbon, 29.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museu Calouste Gulbenkian' Lisbon, 31.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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House Garden in Lisbon

From the series “Unique Living Houses”
The green facade is not the only unique feature of this house. It has a lot of unusual architectural elements too. One of the main features is a long pool located on the roof. It has windows in its bottom. If you dive in and look into them, you can see a bedroom situated below. Inside, the house is designed in light-colored palette. Three floors are connected by long wooden stairs. Many rooms have large windows. The house is literally enveloped by the natural splendor. … Read further

Lisbon Oceanarium

From the series “The Coolest and Largest Oceanariums in the World”
This aquarium features more than a hundred representatives of marine life, including different species of tuna, stingrays, sharks, barracudas, moray eels, and even the mysterious sunfish. Around the huge central vessel, there are four others. One of the most unusual is an aquarium dedicated to the inhabitants of the Pacific Ocean. Here, visitors can see exotic fish and incredibly beautiful bunches of algae. In an aquarium dedicated to the Indian Ocean, the central place is occupied by a coral reef. It’s quite amazing to watch the life concentrated around it. … Read further
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