Setubal is a historic port city on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, about 20 miles south of Lisbon. Setubal has morphed over the centuries from a fishing village to a fortified port city and now to a tourist hotspot. The city dates back to the Roman era and has plenty of 15th to 18th century Gothic churches and landmarks to prove its period credentials, not to mention an archeological museum with a varied collection including Bronze Age pots. Throw in the urban pleasures of Lisbon, the beaches along the coast, and the nature park reserves inland to make it a well rounded holiday with something for everyone. To see and experience all this, you will need to get a car for hire in Setubal.
Setubal is a great place for tourists, with nice streets, shops, and gardens which you can explore at your leisure. The main landmark is the Monastery of Jesus, with a 1494 Church of Jesus built in the Gothic style. The Setubal Museum is also to be found in the Monastery and has a remarkable collection of religious paintings and artwork. If you hire a car in Setubal, you can move around and see the other attractions like the São Julião Church, the Archeology and Ethnography Museum, and the Castelo de S. Filipe Fortress on the Sado River bank, which dates back to the 16th century and is now a luxury hotel.
After you have had your fill of history, old churches, and souvenir shopping, head for the beaches. The best option if you head west out of the city is the Arrábida Nature Park, which has two beaches – Portinho da Arrábida and Figueirinha. The former is a protected cove facing a bay with a small island just offshore which is often featured in television ads. If you are visiting Lisbon, then the beach holiday options are considerably more diverse. There are any number of beaches on the coast from Lisbon to Cascais.
The best day trip from Setubal is unquestionably a visit to Lisbon, which you can reach in around 40 minutes on the A2 if you do not stop along the way at interesting places like Seixal and Almada. If you prefer to go inland, then the Estuário do Sado Nature Reserve is a good option for an outdoorsy day trip where you can poke around the pine forests and lagoons. A remarkable site for exploration is the castle town of Palmela, sitting high up on a hill.
There are six different providers offering travelers a car rental in Setubal. Instead of fretting over which one might be better, compare the lot online, select the best deal offered, and book your vehicle right now so that you will have a vehicle ready and waiting when you arrive in Setubal.
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