2 Days Exploring Setúbal District: Part II, Setúbal

In this last post on Setúbal district, we explored the city of Setúbal. Having visited the city on several occasions now, we thought we’d explore the place beyond its center, including the main attractions nearby.

Day 2 continued…


Igreja de Jesus

Built in 1490, the Church of Jesus is a national monument in the city of Setúbal. And behind the Manueline style facade, you would think it is just a church, but it serves another purpose: a museum that preserves the artistic treasures of the city.

Despite going during opening hours, we did not get to go inside because the building was closed. I wanted to observe its unique twisted columns inside, but we only admired the architecture from outside.

Castelo de Palmela

Not too far from the city of Setúbal, the small village of Palmela sits on top of a hill, along with its medieval castle. During the Christian’s reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the Muslim forces abandoned Palmela, and the Christians reconquered the village in 1158.

Castelo de São Filipe

Above Setúbal’s coastline, the castle of São Filipe was built in the 15th century. Towering over the treeline, this hexagram-shaped fort protected the Portuguese coastline from African and North European

The castle has its own church, adorned with Portuguese’s traditional blue tiles.

Setúbal Waterfront

We ended our exploration in Setúbal by exploring the harbor and beach. As we stepped out of the car, the salty sea and fish odor were pungent. But as we meandered further down towards the beach, the smell lessened and we enjoyed some public art.