Sadly overlooked by many visitors, Setúbal has an impressive location and delightful old town ambience. Within easy reach of Lisbon, it sits just opposite the sandy beaches of the Troia Peninsula.
It was the sardine industry which led to the creation of the many attractive pedestrianised streets, shady green spaces and splashing fountains which can be enjoyed today. Understandably, the oldest sections of the town wrap around its harbour, the third largest in Portugal. Used as moorings since ancient Roman times, it has more recently acted as a gateway to the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado (Sado Estuary Nature Reserve). Its waters are home of a pod of dolphins, while the vineyards of the muscatel wine region are also close by.