What you need to know about Setubal

Setúbal is a city and  municipality in Portugal. In the times of Al-Andalus the city was known as Sheṭūbar (Andalusian Arabic) In the 19th century, the port was called Saint Ubes in English and Saint-Yves in French. The municipal holiday is 15 September, which marks the date in the year 1860 on which King Pedro V of Portugal officially recognised Setúbal as a city.


Population: Estimate 125,102
Area: 230.33 km2


City information 

The city of Setúbal is located on the northern bank of the Sado River estuary, approximately 48 kilometres (30 miles) south of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. It is also the seat of the Setúbal District. In the beginning of the 20th century, Setúbal was the most important center of Portugal’s fishing industry, particularly sardines. None of the many factories then created are operating today. However, the existing maritime ports, either traditional, commercial and the new marines, keep the city links to the ocean and water well alive and vibrant. Tourism, based on the beautiful existing natural conditions plus excellent hotels, resorts and infrastructures, is one of the city’s most appreciated resources, due to its interconnection with the Sado (river)on one side and Atlantic Ocean on another, having a coast line with both. The city is also connected with the nearby coast of the Arrábida hills natural park – which offers an unspoiled nature and beautiful beaches to the Atlantic Ocean. A dolphin colony inhabits the Sado River. Across the river on the south bank lies the peninsula of Tróia, a place with vast white/golden sand beaches where several luxury hotels and resorts were recently built. The Tróia peninsula can be sighted from the city, across the river. Albarquel, Figueirinha, Galápos, Galapinhos and Portinho da Arrábida are some of the city’s many beaches, located in the north bank of the estuary, at the very beginning of the Arrábida hills. The main historical monument of the city of Setúbal is the Monastery of Jesus, with a 15th- and 16th-century church that represents one of the first buildings in the Portuguese late Gothic style known as Manueline.



According to the census of 2011, the municipality of Setúbal had a labor force of 58,514 people, among whom 15.6{d7ed7282ffea0c0526582417413422994d994db1ce088d9f626aa634eef9c850} were unemployed. Among those who had a job, 1.6{d7ed7282ffea0c0526582417413422994d994db1ce088d9f626aa634eef9c850} were working in the Primary sector, 24.9{d7ed7282ffea0c0526582417413422994d994db1ce088d9f626aa634eef9c850} in the Secondary sector and 73.5{d7ed7282ffea0c0526582417413422994d994db1ce088d9f626aa634eef9c850} 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{d7ed7282ffea0c0526582417413422994d994db1ce088d9f626aa634eef9c850} of the cargo throughput in the country.



Official Language Portugues


By plane


By Taxi

The ride from Lisbon airport to the center of Setubal costs around 60 Euros. Watch out for taxi ripp-offs. You can do a booking in advance thru National Taxi Dispatch Service (contacts on the website). This way you can assure you pay just the fair amount.

By train

You can access Setúbal using the Fertagus train, departing from Lisbon’s Roma–Areeiro, Entre campos, Sete Rios and Campolide railway stations every hour (off-peak hours) or every half hour (peak hours). The journey lasts around fifty minutes and ends at Setúbal central station.

By car

It shouldn’t be a problem to find your way, Setúbal is a major town in the area, so, if you are around, you will have signs to point out your way. Use the A12 or A2 motorways. It’s 55 km away from Lisbon Airport.

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. You can reach Setubal (from Troia) by ferryboat or catamaran.