Setubal Peninsula - sandy beaches, natural parks and marvellous views

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Lisbon is a spectacularly well located city. To the west the architectural and floral beauty of Sintra, the sophistication of Estoril and the seaside splendor of Cascais.
To the immediate north the masterpieces of Batalha, Alcobaça and Óbidos and the north Lisbon coast.
What about the immediate south? Cue the Setúbal Peninsula. Leave Lisbon southbound and you come to one of Europe’s last vestiges of original Mediterranean vegetation and typical Portuguese resorts still relatively unknown to foreign travellers. These tend to flock south en masse to the Algarve and more’s the pity.
This whole area is dominated by some 50,000 hectares of protected area that takes in the Serra da Arrábida Natural Park and the wetlands of the Tagus and the Sado estuary.

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Setubal Peninsula hotels and guesthouses

The peninsula just south of Lisbon offers an imense variety of different landscapes and destinations. It is therefore no surprise that our selection of charming and romantic hotels in the Setúbal Peninsula showcases very different accommodations. From guesthouses with beautiful views to beach side holiday homes nestled in pristine pine forests. Whatever your reasons to this enigmatic region of Portugal be it a romantic getaway or the thrill of watching a school of dolphins in the Sado Estuary, Secretplaces will help you find the perfect spot.

Setubal Peninsula what to do

White, sandy beaches flanked by dunes and cliffs run for miles and miles.
Further south, the impressive the Serra da Arrábida hills rises from the sea and it quickly becomes apparent why the Franciscan monks established their monastery here.
For nature and conservation enthusiasts, this region is wonderful. It includes two important estuary habitats, those of the Sado and the Tagus rivers with their wetlands home to diverse wildlife and an important ecological heritage.
These habitats are perfect for various types of fish, migratory birds and unusual but characteristic agricultural traditions.
Take a cruise on the Sado and meet one of the region’s great attractions, the school of dolphins, and a species unique to Portugal.
Enjoy the sandy, ocean beaches and calm seas of the Costa Azul and take a swim alongside these gracious mammals.


Travel inspirations, itineraries and best places to stay

Child friendly hotels and self-catering holiday homes great for children and parents alike. Let your kids enjoy nature and local traditions in the company of others with lots of unique things to do …