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Santa Margarida Cave

Santa Margarida Cave

Numerous sandy caves lie at the foot of the Arrabida Hills limestone cliffs. 

The Serra (mountain) abounds with caves and grottoes.

The best known is Lapa de Santa Margarida, of which Hans Christian Andersen wrote, “It is a veritable church hewn out of the living rock, with a fantastic vault, organ pipes, columns, and altars.

Located about 500 metres west of the Portinho da Arrabida beach in Setubal, it has two entrances, one from sea and the other from land.

The earliest evidence of man’s presence in the region, in the Lower Palaeolithic age, was found here.

Apart from the primitive church there are stalactites and stalagmites.

Enter the cave stepping down about 20 steps.

Visit the cave, the little church in front, the ramifications of the cave at right/front, the holes at left that permits passage to the sea, explore the space behind the church, watch the fossils on the walls… take your time exploring this huge cave.

We invite you spend some of your vacations and holidays time visiting Arrábida Hills.

We invite you to visit Setubal and to visit  Portugal.

Contact us if you wish to know more information about Santa Margarida Cave.

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