Route 5 - In dolphin bay land

Sun and Sea

Average duration.1 day
Distance traveled. 53 km
Approximate cost per person. 20,00€
(without ferry-boat, amount subject to adaptation to groups)


Centro Histórico

We suggest a pedestrian route in historic center of Setúbal, starting with a visit to the Church of Jesus, one of the first examples of the Manueline style. Inside, note the columns which are in the form of nautical ropes, and the magnificent vault. The Galeria de Pintura Quinhentista, is one of the finest collection of old Portuguese paintings.

Go next to the Praça de Bocage, this square bears the name of one of Portugal’s greatest 18th century poets. The buildings of interest here are the Town Hall and the Church of St Julian, with its handsome Manueline door.

Carry on towards the Largo da Misericórdia, with regional tourist office of Lisbon beside it. The ruins of a fish salting factory, dating from Roman times, can be seen.

Go down the Rua Antão Girão until you get to Igreja de Santa Maria, totally rebuilt in the 16th century. Next to it is a baroque building, the Casa do Corpo Santo. From the outside, you can see that the side wall is the remains of the wall to protect the town from pirate attacks, a common occurrence at the time.

Go on up until you reach the Arco de S. Sebastião, and visit the Museu do Trabalho. The museum is housed in a former fish canning factory, and explores the traditional activities of the local people through the recreation of a fish canning factory and grocery store.

Returning to the Arco de S. Sebastião, you then go down to the Rua Arronches Junqueiro. You come to the Avenida Luísa Todi on the left. This avenue was inspired by the French boulevards and was built on an old beach, levelled for the purpose, representing the town’s growth at the end of the 19th century.

A visit to the Mercado do Livramento is the perfect end to this walk, since it is one of the most picturesque spots in the city, and the aperitif to walk in one of the restaurants and taste a Sea Soup, Fish Stew or Fried Choco.

Before going on to the quays and taking the ferry across the Sado to Tróia you must be sure to visit the Casa da Baía de Setúbal, an excellent guest room of the region which integrates, beyond the Municipal Tourism Office, exhibition areas and leisure and wine and regional products shop. Here you can find also the headquarters of the Confraria do Moscatel de Setúbal (brotherhood).



The crossing of the river Sado allows you to enjoy the magnificent scenery and, with any luck, to see the dolphins residing in the Estuário do Sado. Several companies organize tours of observation.

Tróia is marvellous place plenty of tourist developments, an 18-hole golf course, sparkling beaches. Visit thr Reserva Botânica das Dunas de Tróia (dunes botanical reserve) with its wealth of colourful plants, of considerable ecological interest, and the Ruínas Romanas de Cetóbriga (roman ruins), with traces of a manufacturing site from the Roman era (1st to 4th centuries).

Further ahead, the village of Comporta (3) looks like a lakeside town, as it is almost surrounded by water. Comporta is basically wetland, with rice fields and a highly individual rural architecture. With the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado (Natural Reserve) being so close by, you will be able to see lots of different birds, including storks.

Do not miss a visit to the Herdade da Comporta. This estate includes an wine cellar Herdade da Comporta (1) which boasts the latest technology in terms of wine-making, set in beautiful grounds between the river and the sea. There are 30 hectares of vineyards, rice fields, high quality tourist accommodation and a rice museum. Do a 2 wine tasting with cheese and sausage. entre o rio e o mar, a herdade

Following towards Alcácer do Sal, turn left to Carrasqueira, a small fishing village where persist the wattle and thatch cabanas. The palafitte fishing port is very interesting, allowing a splendid perspective on the marshes.



Now return to the same road that led to the Palafitte Port and go straight ahead through the EN 261. Passing through Pinheiro da Cruz, turn left. There is another excellent suggestion visit is the wine cellar of Quinta do Brejinho da Costa (2), an area surrounded by vineyards that makes for a pleasant wine tasting in the store.

Returning to the IC1, heading south, in the town of Canal Caveira, you will find the Herdade de Canal Caveira (3)

Guided Tours a Wine Cellars

Prior reservation required
Casa Mãe da Rota de Vinhos,
+351 212 334 398

(1) Herdade da Comporta
(2) Quinta do Brejinho da Costa
(3) Herdade de Canal Caveira

Useful information:
Posto Municipal de Turismo de Palmela – 212 332 122
Centro de Artesanato Fortuna Artes e Ofícios – 212 871 068
ARCOLSA – 212 888 144


Recommended accommodation nearby: 
A Serenada Enoturismo (Grândola) – 269 498 014

Other recommended accommodation:
Amazónia (Palmela) – 210 878 520
Casa de Atalaia (vila de Palmela) – 212 350 072
Delmira Vineyard House (Fernando Pó) – 917 500 198
Humus Farm (Fernando Pó) – 265 103 316
Porta da Arrábida Hostel & Suites (vila de Palmela) – 212 337 090
Pousada de Palmela – 212 351 226
Quinta de Catralvos (Azeitão) – 212 197 610
Quinta do Piloto (Palmela) – 212 333 030

Recommended restaurants:
3ª Geração (vila de Palmela) – 212 350 152
Culto Café (vila de Palmela) – 926 578 578
Dona Isilda (Palmela) – 212 333 255
Galeria (Cova da Piedade) – 212 596 585
Pousada de Palmela – 212 351 226
Taverna O Bobo da Corte (Palmela) – 935 205 936
Wine Corner By José Maria da Fonseca (Vila Nogueira de Azeitão) – 212 191 366

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