Setúbal is a coastal town, known for its fishing activities, traditions and industrial area. It's the capital of the Setúbal district.

Info Setúbal


Setúbal is a city and a municipality in Portugal. The population in 2014 was 118,166, in an area of 230.33 km2(88.9 sq mi). The city proper had 89,303 inhabitants in 2001.

In the times of Al-Andalus the city was known as Sheṭūbar (Andalusian Arabic: شَطُوبَر [ʃeˈtˤuːbɑr]). In the 19th century, the port was called Saint Ubes in English and Saint-Yves in French.

The municipal holiday is September 15, which marks the date in the year 1860 on which King Pedro V of Portugal officially recognised Setúbal as a city.


Setúbal is a coastal town, known for its fishing activities, traditions and industrial area. It's the capital of the Setúbal district. You might also want to check out Serra da Arrábida, for the nature part of Setúbal.


Climate data for Setúbal

Average high °C (°F)15.3
Daily mean °C (°F)10.1
Average low °C (°F)4.8
Source: Instituto de Meteorologia


According to the census of 2011, the municipality of Setúbal had a labor force of 58,514 people, among whom 15.6% were unemployed. Among those who had a job, 1.6% were working in the Primary sector, 24.9% in the Secondary sector and 73.5% in the Tertiary sector. Setúbal is notable for the industries of pulp, paper, cement, fertilizers, pesticides, other phytopharmaceutical products, thermal power, shipbuilding and ship repair there was a lot of automobile assembling industry since the 1950s with several known manufacturers had or have opened assembly halls for the Portuguese market. Today there are only 3 tradenames nearby currently in production. The Port of Setúbal had a cargo throughput of 6.058 million tons in 2012, making it the 4th busiest port in Portugal, with 7.4% of the cargo throughput in the country.

In the 19th century, the area was notable for the production of sea salt. St. Ubes bay salt was exported as far as Australia in the 1830s.


Administratively, the municipality is divided into 5 civil parishes (freguesias):

  • Azeitão (São Lourenço e São Simão)
  • Gâmbia – Pontes – Alto da Guerra
  • Sado
  • Setúbal (São Julião, Nossa Senhora da Anunciada e Santa Maria da Graça)
  • Setúbal (São Sebastião)

Transportation - Get In

By train

You can access Setúbal by trains from Lisbon, and most towns in the surrounding area. You also have lots of trains from anywhere to Lisbon, if there is not a direct train to Setúbal, you might want to consider getting one to Lisbon, and then to Setúbal.

By car

It shouldn't be a problem to find your way, Setubal is a major town in the area, so, if you are around, you will have signs to point out your way.

By bus

There are buses that serve from Lisbon to Setúbal everyday and almost every hour a day, if you're in the capital it won't be a problem. There are also buses that serve the surrounding area towns.

By boat

The troia is a peninsula near Setúbal, and that is probably the only way to commercially reach Setúbal by boat.

Transportation - Get Around

Buses serve the whole town and are generally OK on schedules and quality.






There are many shops spread around the city, as normal. In the Luisa Todi area you will find many small shops and bigger clothing shops mostly. For bigger commercial areas, theres the Aranguês Mall, which is well, not very big, but has a nice selection of stores. Theres the De Borla/Aqua park, where you can find some big and good appliances and electronics shops. And there is the supermarket Jumbo, for your bigger needs, with a few shops outside too.


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.

Coffe & Drink

There's a nice selection of bars in Setúbal downtown.

Sights & Landmarks

The city of Setubal lacks in attractions, there isn't much to see in the city itself but 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. Setúbal downtown is probably the place to go if you want to see the best parts of the city. Just ask how you can get to Avenida Luísa Todi (avenue), and the rest will work out just fine. You can see some of the nicer monuments, architecture and daily life there. Also, at the end of the venue you will enter Arrábida. And anywhere to the sides is filled with shops and typical streets with humble tascas (small coffee shops) where some of the best seafood in the country is served at incredible cheap prices.

Things to do

You might want to go to Arrábida to enjoy nature at its best in the Setúbal area, but be careful, its really not that hard to get lost there. Also, in avenida Luisa Todi, and if want to experience the typical morning for many people, you can go to the fishmarket and see things around. Theatre Luisa Todi, is located in the venue also, if you are a theatre fan, shows will be in Portuguese, though. You can also go for a walk in the park as it is located near the bus terminal, and rather near the Luisa Todi venue; it is called "Parque do Bonfim" (Bonfim park) just stading on the side of the Estádio do Bonfim, the football stadium where Vitória de Setúbal, the local team, competes on the major national football league.

Stay Safe

Setúbal is considered a generally safe area but it has some of the major problematic neighbourhoods in the country. There are some parts of the city you might want to avoid, but the shabbiness will warn you of that. By day even in those parts you shouldn't have any problems, however, be cautious. 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.