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Escape to Setúbal: Where Sun, Sea, and Savory Delights Meet

Welcome to the hidden gem of Portugal, the exclusive Setúbal, where the sun kisses the Atlantic in a vibrant embrace that promises adventure and serenity in equal measure. This coastal wonderland is not just a destination; it's an experience, a secret whispered among travelers seeking the allure of untouched Portugal.


Dive into the heart of Setúbal, and you'll find markets brimming with life, colors, and the scents of fresh produce and local delicacies. Here you can treat your tastebuds to a Choco Frito, fried cuttlefish. It showcases the region's rich maritime culture with its tender, breaded, and deep-fried yumminess offering a true taste of Portuguese culinary tradition in every bite. It also pairs wonderfully with a glass of the local Moscatel vinho.


Perched above, guarding the city with timeless elegance, stands The Fort of São Filipe. It offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the Sado River, housed within a 16th-century fortress that boasts a unique blend of historical significance and architectural beauty. Gaze out, and you're met with panoramas that stretch endlessly, where the sky and sea perform a duet of blues and greens.


Yet, the true heart of Setúbal beats beneath the waves, with a family of bottlenose dolphins that never leaves its shores. These playful ambassadors of the sea offer a connection to nature that is both profound and exhilarating. To witness their grace and joy is to understand the soul of Setúbal.


The seclusive Setúbal is a world where time slows, senses are awakened, and the spirit of adventure is alive. It's a place that stays with you, a treasure tucked away on Portugal's coast, waiting to be discovered.


And the best part? This is only a 40-minute drive from Lisbon, so you can book this for a perfect overnight getaway or even a lovely day trip.


Let Spectacular Journeys add Setúbal to your privately curated Portugal itinerary!

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Jannie Talmadge
Jannie Talmadge
Feb 23

Weeeeeee!!! This sounds so tantalizing. Can’t wait! I was a little surprised that Choco Frito meant fried fish 🐠 because as soon as I saw Choco, my mouth was watering for some delicious chocolate 🤣

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