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'''Setúbal''' is a city in the [[Lisbon Region]] of [[Portugal]], in the Setubal Peninsula subregion.
 
'''Setúbal''' is a city in the [[Lisbon Region]] of [[Portugal]], in the Setubal Peninsula subregion.
It's part of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club and it's very known for it's paradisiac nature (mountain, sea and beaches).
 
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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Starting from the art of Portuguese tiles to the dance of the dolphins, Baroque Style Churches from the Sado Natural Reserve , the Bocage Heritage to the unique flora of Arrabida, nature and culture are part of a brave new world, waiting for you.
 
Starting from the art of Portuguese tiles to the dance of the dolphins, Baroque Style Churches from the Sado Natural Reserve , the Bocage Heritage to the unique flora of Arrabida, nature and culture are part of a brave new world, waiting for you.
  
 
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The City and the Mountain
'''The City and the Mountain'''
 
 
 
 
Just off the busy and bustling city we get the unreal, peaceful scenery of Arrabida. In its mysteries and its silences, on its beaches and its absorbing scenarios, in its convents and fortresses, in the flora and fauna, lives much of the the fascination that makes the Setúbal Peninsula a very unique region in the World.  
 
Just off the busy and bustling city we get the unreal, peaceful scenery of Arrabida. In its mysteries and its silences, on its beaches and its absorbing scenarios, in its convents and fortresses, in the flora and fauna, lives much of the the fascination that makes the Setúbal Peninsula a very unique region in the World.  
  
 
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City facing the sea
 
 
'''City facing the sea'''
 
 
 
 
The fishermen and their boats, the river and the sea are inseparable from the identity of Setúbal.
 
The fishermen and their boats, the river and the sea are inseparable from the identity of Setúbal.
 
The colouring of the hundreds of boats anchored along the riverfront contrasts with the bronze tanned skin of men of toil.
 
The colouring of the hundreds of boats anchored along the riverfront contrasts with the bronze tanned skin of men of toil.
 
People of the sea, accustomed to overcome all challenges, with peculiar wisdom and humour, able to paint pictures with words that make anyone mesmerized.
 
People of the sea, accustomed to overcome all challenges, with peculiar wisdom and humour, able to paint pictures with words that make anyone mesmerized.
  
 
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Commerce with tradition
 
 
'''Commerce with tradition'''
 
 
 
 
It is in the downtown area that one can find much of the traditional trading.
 
It is in the downtown area that one can find much of the traditional trading.
 
Stores for every taste, with representations of some of the most recognized global brands, mingle with others from older times, where one can discover some rarities and less conventional products.
 
Stores for every taste, with representations of some of the most recognized global brands, mingle with others from older times, where one can discover some rarities and less conventional products.
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It is also in the Praça do Bocage that lays the building of the Town Hall, where the City Council operates.
 
It is also in the Praça do Bocage that lays the building of the Town Hall, where the City Council operates.
  
 
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Natural Arrábida Park
 
 
'''Arrábida Natural Park'''
 
 
 
 
Considered one of the most beautiful mountains due to is location near the sea and the richness of its biodiversity, Arrábida, shows peculiar features in terms of climate and vegetation, particularly Mediterranean characteristics .
 
Considered one of the most beautiful mountains due to is location near the sea and the richness of its biodiversity, Arrábida, shows peculiar features in terms of climate and vegetation, particularly Mediterranean characteristics .
 
The Mountain, stand out unique species and is endowed with moderate temperatures, the name comes from Arabic and means "place of prayer".
 
The Mountain, stand out unique species and is endowed with moderate temperatures, the name comes from Arabic and means "place of prayer".
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But the land isn't the only thing that is protected. The richness of the underwater Arrabida region is such that this is the only existing marine park throughout the all continental Portugal.
 
But the land isn't the only thing that is protected. The richness of the underwater Arrabida region is such that this is the only existing marine park throughout the all continental Portugal.
  
 
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Human mark in Arrabida Mountain
 
 
'''Human mark in Arrabida Mountain'''
 
 
 
 
Besides the unique natural heritage, Arrabida is rich in heritage building.
 
Besides the unique natural heritage, Arrabida is rich in heritage building.
 
The Fortress of "S.. Filipe", The Fort of "Santa Maria", and the Arrabida Convent are examples of a secular harmonious coexistence between human work and nature. Situated on the southern slope of the mountain, Arrabida Convent , was founded in 1542 by Franciscan friars, has an architecture that , due to its characteristics and volumes modesty , seems more like a work of nature than of man.
 
The Fortress of "S.. Filipe", The Fort of "Santa Maria", and the Arrabida Convent are examples of a secular harmonious coexistence between human work and nature. Situated on the southern slope of the mountain, Arrabida Convent , was founded in 1542 by Franciscan friars, has an architecture that , due to its characteristics and volumes modesty , seems more like a work of nature than of man.
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Located in Portinho Arrábida, overlooking the sea, The "Santa Maria" Fort, built in 1670, by order of King . Pedro II, order to protect the coastal zone, Also worth a visit. Nowadays , converted into the Oceanographic Museum and a center for marine biology, property of the Arrabida Natural Park.
 
Located in Portinho Arrábida, overlooking the sea, The "Santa Maria" Fort, built in 1670, by order of King . Pedro II, order to protect the coastal zone, Also worth a visit. Nowadays , converted into the Oceanographic Museum and a center for marine biology, property of the Arrabida Natural Park.
  
 
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Beaches to suit everyone
'''Paradisiac beaches to suit everyone'''
 
 
 
 
Although with special features, the beaches of Setubal share a feature which makes them unique: are all inserted in the Arrabida Natural Park .
 
Although with special features, the beaches of Setubal share a feature which makes them unique: are all inserted in the Arrabida Natural Park .
 
The Portinho Arrabida, chosen as one 7 Portugal's Seven Natural Wonders, has a inlet that serves as a mirror of the green of the mountain, which lies over sand.
 
The Portinho Arrabida, chosen as one 7 Portugal's Seven Natural Wonders, has a inlet that serves as a mirror of the green of the mountain, which lies over sand.
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The calm sea and the beauty of the surrounding countryside makes the beaches famous all over the country and world.
 
The calm sea and the beauty of the surrounding countryside makes the beaches famous all over the country and world.
 
In 2017, Galapinhos beach was elected best beach in Europe by European Best Destinations (https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/best-beaches-in-europe-2017/).
 
In 2017, Galapinhos beach was elected best beach in Europe by European Best Destinations (https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/best-beaches-in-europe-2017/).
 
[[File:Rsz arrabida.png|frame|left|Arrábida and Figueirinha beach]] [[File:Rsz911.png|frame|right|Arrábida ]]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By boat===
 
===By boat===
You can reach Setubal (from Tróia) by ferryboat or catamaran. [http://www.atlanticferries.pt/en/index.html You can check schedules here].
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The troia is a peninsula near Setúbal, and that is probably the only way to commercially reach Setúbal by boat.
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You can reach Setubal (from Troia) by ferryboat or catamaran. [http://www.atlanticferries.pt/en/index.html You can check schedules here].
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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At night, Setubal's streets fill with the aromas of char-grilled fish. The best restaurants are said to lie on the seafront near the fishing port at the western end of town. Local delicacies include Choco Frito (fried cuttlefish) and grilled Salmonette, a pink river-fish highly prized by the locals. Prices are remarkably low; around 20-30euros per person including wine is normal.
 
At night, Setubal's streets fill with the aromas of char-grilled fish. The best restaurants are said to lie on the seafront near the fishing port at the western end of town. Local delicacies include Choco Frito (fried cuttlefish) and grilled Salmonette, a pink river-fish highly prized by the locals. Prices are remarkably low; around 20-30euros per person including wine is normal.
 
There is a lot to admire in the surrounding areas: the Castle of Palmela, the ''Tróia'' Peninsula (quite adorable beach and architecture with the new luxury resorts), Serra da Arrábida (combining mountain areas, picnic spaces and the beach), the beautiful beaches and traditional fishing places in Sesimbra, the ancient but modern big cities of Almada and Seixal (closer to Lisbon) overlooking the Tejo (Tagus river),  are all quite nice & lovely. Sesimbra has been developed somewhat in recent years and has suffered in the process: large-scale developments have robbed the town of its small-scale feel and the promenade has declined as a result, with ugly tourist shops and a slightly soul-less feel has developed.
 
There is a lot to admire in the surrounding areas: the Castle of Palmela, the ''Tróia'' Peninsula (quite adorable beach and architecture with the new luxury resorts), Serra da Arrábida (combining mountain areas, picnic spaces and the beach), the beautiful beaches and traditional fishing places in Sesimbra, the ancient but modern big cities of Almada and Seixal (closer to Lisbon) overlooking the Tejo (Tagus river),  are all quite nice & lovely. Sesimbra has been developed somewhat in recent years and has suffered in the process: large-scale developments have robbed the town of its small-scale feel and the promenade has declined as a result, with ugly tourist shops and a slightly soul-less feel has developed.
 
[[File:PraçadoBocageSetubal.png|frameless|Praça do Bocage]]
 
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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The other beach options lie to the south, over the Sado estuary on the ''Tróia'' peninsula. In the high season a half-hourly catamaran service operates, taking some 10 minutes to ply the route to the newly-completed harbour and marina on the tip of the Troia peninsula. Here, after passing in front of Troia's upmarket flats, restaurants and casino, the visitor is led onto a stilted walkway which winds its way to the beaches facing west onto the Atlantic. The water is therefore bracing rather than welcoming.
 
The other beach options lie to the south, over the Sado estuary on the ''Tróia'' peninsula. In the high season a half-hourly catamaran service operates, taking some 10 minutes to ply the route to the newly-completed harbour and marina on the tip of the Troia peninsula. Here, after passing in front of Troia's upmarket flats, restaurants and casino, the visitor is led onto a stilted walkway which winds its way to the beaches facing west onto the Atlantic. The water is therefore bracing rather than welcoming.
 
There are one or two companies offering trips to view the local dolphins; many of these book up quite early, so it is wise to book in advance.
 
There are one or two companies offering trips to view the local dolphins; many of these book up quite early, so it is wise to book in advance.
 
Vitória FC (Vitória de Setúbal), the city famous team plays in the Portuguese 1st division football league. The club is one of the biggest in Portugal and has rich history. A visit to the good old Estádio do Bonfim (Bonfim Stadium) to watch a football match is recommended so you can connect more with the locals.
 
 
 
  
 
==Learn==
 
==Learn==
 
There are several schools in Setúbal, and recently opened a Polytechnic Institute that is becoming nationwide famous for its quality. It offers courses on the most varied areas ranging from Sports to Business Administration, Nursing or Mechanical Engineering.
 
There are several schools in Setúbal, and recently opened a Polytechnic Institute that is becoming nationwide famous for its quality. It offers courses on the most varied areas ranging from Sports to Business Administration, Nursing or Mechanical Engineering.
  
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==Work==
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
There are many typical restaurants where you can eat good grilled fish and typical food. There's also a good deal of fast-food shops and pizza places. You can also find other cuisines like Indian, Chinese, Italian or Japanese food.
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There are many typical restaurants where you can eat good grilled fish and typical food. There's also a good deal of fast-food shops and pizza places. You can also find Indian and Japanese food.
  
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===Budget===
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===Mid-range===
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===Splurge===
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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==Contacts==
 
==Contacts==
  
'''Tourism'''
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Tourism
 
Casa da Baía – Tourism Promotion Center
 
Casa da Baía – Tourism Promotion Center
 
Avenida Luísa Todi, n. º 468
 
Avenida Luísa Todi, n. º 468
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'''Authorities'''
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Authorities
 
 
 
GNR – Guarda Nacional Republicana
 
GNR – Guarda Nacional Republicana
 
Avenida Jaime Cortesão
 
Avenida Jaime Cortesão
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Phone.:+351 265 522 018
 
Phone.:+351 265 522 018
 
Fax: +351 265 522 028
 
Fax: +351 265 522 028
 
 
PSP – Polícia de Segurança Pública
 
PSP – Polícia de Segurança Pública
 
Avenida 22 de Dezembro, n. º 2 - 2. º
 
Avenida 22 de Dezembro, n. º 2 - 2. º
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'''Trains'''
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Trains
  
 
CP – Comboios de Portugal
 
CP – Comboios de Portugal
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www.fertagus.pt
 
www.fertagus.pt
  
 
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Ferries
'''Ferries'''
 
 
 
 
Transado – Transportes Fluviais do Sado, SA
 
Transado – Transportes Fluviais do Sado, SA
 
Doca do Comércio
 
Doca do Comércio
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atlanticferries.pt
 
atlanticferries.pt
  
'''Buses'''
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Buses
 
Transportes Sul do Tejo
 
Transportes Sul do Tejo
 
Avenida 5 de Outubro
 
Avenida 5 de Outubro
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'''Hospitals'''
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Hospitals
  
 
Hospital de S. Bernardo
 
Hospital de S. Bernardo
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Fax:+351 265 509 399
 
Fax:+351 265 509 399
  
'''Public Health Line - Saúde 24'''
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Public Health Line - Saúde 24
 
24h costumer care line Counseling and referral to health problems
 
24h costumer care line Counseling and referral to health problems
 
Phone.: 808 242 424
 
Phone.: 808 242 424
  
'''Municipal Civil Protection'''
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Municipal Civil Protection
 
Quartel dos Bombeiros Sapadores – Estrada de Algeruz
 
Quartel dos Bombeiros Sapadores – Estrada de Algeruz
 
2910 Setubal
 
2910 Setubal
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Fax:+351 265 772 054 Usefull Numbers
 
Fax:+351 265 772 054 Usefull Numbers
  
'''SEF - Foreigners and Borders Service '''
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SEF - Foreigners and Borders Service  
 
Avenida do Casal de Cabanas
 
Avenida do Casal de Cabanas
 
Urbanização Cabanas Golf, n. º 1
 
Urbanização Cabanas Golf, n. º 1
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Take the usual precautions, mostly at night in Setúbal downtown, but usually you won't have a problem. Avoid being alone but if you find yourself in that situation just walk in very well lit places and with many people around or call/grab a taxi to take you to your destination.
 
Take the usual precautions, mostly at night in Setúbal downtown, but usually you won't have a problem. Avoid being alone but if you find yourself in that situation just walk in very well lit places and with many people around or call/grab a taxi to take you to your destination.
  
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==Cope==
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==

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