Make a self catering villa or holiday rental at Setubal, Lisbon your home away from home
Setubal makes a great destination for a beach holiday but it has plenty of other activities and historic attractions too. The Sao Felipe castle can still be seen and has a wonderful Baroque chapel. The old town is traffic-free and dates back to Roman times. It has several museums, national parks and churches as well as shops and restaurants. The old hand-painted tiles, known as azulejos, are a feature of the area.
Things to Do at Setubal, Lisbon
The area around Setubal has some fabulous sandy beaches. Comporta Beach is close by in the Sado Estuary National Park. It offers pine trees, sand dunes and the longest sandy beach in Europe so there is plenty of space to find your own quiet spot for sunbathing. It is popular for surfing and kite surfing along with other watersports.
Gastronomy and Wine Tasting
The region around your Setubal holiday villa is famous for its cuisine. Fresh grilled fish tops the menu and should be accompanied by one of the inexpensive local wines which feature on the local wine route.
The Sado estuary in Setubal offers the ideal conditions for sailing, boat trips, windsurfing and canoeing. The area also has some excellent golf courses.
Places to Visit Near Setubal, Lisbon Igreja de Jesus
Setubal's most visited attraction is the cathedral designed by Diogo de Boitaca. It was built in 1491 and is the first manueline style building in the country. The high altar is surrounded by azulejos, the blue and white tiles for which Portugal is renowned. See the church treasures in the Galeria da Pincture Quinhentista.
Parque Natural da Arrabida
This lovely park has a sandy beach but is best known for its varied wildlife and the granite ridge which provided stone for the local cathedral. It is easy to reach by local bus from your Setubal holiday villa.
Lisbon, Portugal's lovely capital city, is just 50km from your holiday villa at Setubal. It is located at the mouth of the Tagus River. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world and its castle, architecture, museums and history reflect this. It has some fabulous buildings in the old town and beautiful plazas for dining al fresco. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Belem, the glorious Jeronimos Monastery and the Belem Tower, a decorative fortress guarding the harbour entrance.
Weather at Setubal, Lisbon
Setubal has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with mild winters. Daytime temperatures average around 15°C (59°F) in December through February. In the summer, the area is hot and sunny with temperatures reaching 28°C (82°F) and almost no rainfall.
Travel to Setubal, Lisbon
The nearest major airport to the holiday villas in Setubal is Portela Airport (LIS). It is about 34km away, in Lisbon, Portugal's capital city. There are many daily flights from all over Europe into this busy airport.