Get to know Arrábida

Arrábida Convent 

The Arrábida Convent was built in 1542 by the first Duke of Aveiro, D. João de Lencastre, to house the Franciscan monks. The monastic constructions constitute a harmonious nucleus and well integrated in the mountain range. From the primitive edification still are glimpsed as chapels of the “old convent”, built on the slope. It is now owned by the Fundação Oriente.

Santa Maria Fortress 

Santa Maria Fortress was built in 1676 by D. Pedro at the request of the friars of the Arrábida Convent to defend the coast against the attacks of the corsairs. Today, the fortress is still dedicated to the protection of the coast, housing the Oceanographic Museum and a biology field laboratory of the Arrábida Marine Park where studies are carried out to protect the marine coastal environment. In honor of the scientist who dedicated much to the biological study and the alert for the protection of this coast, the museum was recently renamed as the Professor Luiz Saldanha Oceanographic Museum.

Portinho of Arrábida 

Portinho of Arrábida is located between the beaches of Alpertuche (to the west) and of Galápos (to the east). It is a rocky beach, close to the locality, being more sandy as you walk towards itThere is a rocky outcrop, the Pedra da Anicha, which belongs to an old coast line, 100 meters from the beach which is known for its marine fauna and some seaweed.

Figueirinha Beach

The beauty of the surrounding landscape makes Figueirinha one of the best known beaches in the region and therefore very crowded during the summer season. A long sand bank emerges during low tide. The beach is at the foot of Serra da Arrábida and represents the eastern boundary of Professor Luiz Saldanha Marine Park.

Galápos Beach

Galápos beach is quiet and sheltered. The calm and clear sea favors the observation of marine species. It is located between Portinho da Arrábida and Figueirinha Beach.

Risco Sierra 

Risco Sierra is located to the southwest of the Arrábida massif and is composed of white and abraded limestones.Further inland we find lands of bush and pine forest. It ends abruptly on the sea, from the top of its three hundred meters. With the highest cliff in the continental part of Europe, this mountain is also an example of what would have been the original vegetation of this geographical area – the carrascal.In this mountain there is a pedestrian route. 

Fort St. Philip in Setubal

The Fort of St. Philip was built during the Spanish occupation, beginning in 1582, to reinforce Setubal’s defense against piracy. Today, inside the fort, besides the former governor’s house, now a guesthouse, there is also a chapel with the particularity of being completely tiled, from Policarpo de Oliveira Bernardes.

Museum of Archeology and Ethnography

In the Museum dedicated to Archeology and Ethnography you can see material from the Paleolithic to the Roman.

Museum of Work Michael Giacometti

The Michel Giacometti Labor Museum is housed in a former cannery.  There are hundreds of musical instruments, photographs, collections of popular literature and instruments and materials related to work, whether in fishing, canning or cork. This innovative museum opened its doors for the first time in 1987, having won prizes.

José Maria da Fonseca House Museum in Azeitão

The José Maria da Fonseca House Museum is housed in the old cellars of José Maria da Fonseca, the best-known producer of the Moscatel de Setúbal. The museum tells the story of the wine production of this company whose fame has already reached the four corners of the world. The original space, adapted to the museum, is the work of the architect Ernesto Korrodi. 

Tróia Peninsula

Tróia peninsula is about 17km long and 1.5km wide, and has been occupied by man since ancient times. In the period of Roman occupation it was an island of the Sado delta, denominated of Island of Acála. Troy served as an industrial salting and fish preserveNowadays Tróia offers accommodation, catering, amusement park, tennis and golf courses, among othersThe proximity to natural areas such as the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park, the Dão Botanic Reserve of the Tróia Peninsula or the Sado River Estuary, promote scenarios of great beauty, combining the best conditions for the practice of various tourism and leisure activities.