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The city of Setubal

The city of Setubal

Hometown of Chelsea (former SLBenfica, FCPorto, Inter Milano and Real Madrid) football coach Jose Mourinho, Setubal is a land of history and natural beauty.

Take a trip to Setubal and you’ll see for yourself.

Since 2002 that Setubal is part of the listThe most beautiful bays in the world”, an organisation that only 30 bays in the entire world are part of.

To be in this very selective list the location needs to have quality beaches and good conditions for nautical sports.

Setubal has this and much more.

Homeland of Jose Mourinho, it was here in the city of Setubal where he started his career coaching the football team of “Vitória de Setubal“.

Despite being currently far away from his homeland, Mourinho keeps Setubal in his heart and who visits the city easily understands why.

So what Setubal has to offer you?

In Setubal the urban life happens side by side with the tranquility of the Sado estuary. Setubal is at the heart of the Portuguese sardine industry and is famed for it’s sweet and globally acclaimed moscatel wine.

If you feel like tasting a good Portuguese fish dish, here is the right place to be.

And if you fancy something sweet afterwards, try the famous “Tortas de Azeitao” or the not less famous “queijadas“. Setubal’s pedestrian streets, fountains and gardens lend it a certain grace, although it’s still very functioning harbour certainly dominates giving it the feel of a still thriving historic town.

Setubal lies at the mouth of the river Sado on the coast just below Lisbon and opposite the beautifully sandy peninsula of Troia.

On the inland side of this Peninsular is the semi-submerged ruins of the Roman town of Cetóbriga.

If you wish to experiment a truly historical visit, Setubal has much to offer.

The 16th Century Cathedral “Santa Maria da Graça” has beautiful tiles from the 18th Century. The “Igreja de Jesus” is a remarkable Gothic church with its interior columns carved in Arrabida pink stone from the nearby quarry.

The architect Diogo Boitac designed this wonderful example of Manueline style in 1494. “Museu de Setubal” is to be found in the “Mosteiro de Jesus” and it has many religious items and painting. Part of the collection is dedicated to the famous 18th Century Portuguese romantic poet Bocage.

Setubal is an active city with many outdoor activities taking place.

Just look at the river on a weekend day and you’ll see the number of fishermen, people canoeing, sailing, or practising windsurf. Several sports like cycling or mountain climbing are also very popular, or you can simply take a walk on one of the several beautiful public gardens.

If you decide to travel to Setubal, you must definitely visit the city of Setubal. It will make you feel “at home”.

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Wine tasting – Moscatel of Setubal

Wine tasting – Moscatel of Setubal

Portugal is one of the most renowned producers of wine in the world, the country has a long tradition in winemaking, in fact, the history producing wine in this country comes from earlier than the foundation of its Nationality.

The well-known Portuguese wines include Port wine, Madeira wine, red wines, white wines, “vinho verde” and, of course, the Moscatel wines, of a topaz with red undertones colour.

This large area of Setubal, influenced by the proximity of the sea, soil poverty and by low productions is the cradle of Moscatel.

The Moscatel wine obtained from the Setubal peninsular region is constituted by the liqueurs caste or grape variety.

Pressed and wine brandy added then fermented with the skins over winter.

Then aged 8 years on 200 litre barrels before bottled and shipped for sipping.

When you plan your trip to Setubal you must definitely try it!

The taste is sweet and bitter at first, clear taste of figs and raisins with nuts and sunlight!

Together with a hint of tannins on the mid palate.

Back end is sugar and plum marmalade and a little pepper feel and a dry feeling to balance all the sweet.

Tip: Try it with a chocolate dessert.

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

We invite you to visit Setubal and to visit  Portugal.