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By Markus7
Joined: Dec 29, 2010
Posts: 3

Posted on: December 29, 2010 at 1:10PM

Setúbal is about 26 miles south of Portugal's cool capital, Lisbon. A colony of dolphins now lives in the Sado, making nature and the wild even closer. On arrival in Setúbal, one can’t help but notice the wealth of the city’s Roman remains. On the Travessa de Frei Gaspar ancient roman tanks for the fish processing industry were used to make a Roman favorite, garum. Yummy fish paste. In the Largo de Jesus, we find city’s most striking monument: the Convent and Church of Jesus (15th century). The Igreja de Jesus is a remarkable Gothic church with its interior columns carved in pink stone. Turn up around lunchtime and succumb to the temptations of the grilled fish at the restaurants along the riverside. This will be the freshest taste of the sea one can imagine, as the city still boasts a good sized fishing fleet.No surprise for the third largest port in Portugal - well sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean. Nearby to the west and south of Setúbal is the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado, a nature reserve park of vast stretches of mud flats, lagoons and small forests of pine trees. To the west of the town is the quaint Portinho da Arrábida, a large cove type beach facing south and protected from the north winds by a high slope. Climb half way up this slope set in the deserted natural greenery is a solitary 16th Century Franciscan Monastery enjoying what must be one of the most beautifully restful views in Europe. Guided walks or mountain biking are just two of the ways of exploring this natural environment, a rare national example of a unsullied Mediterranean landscape and vegetation. Options even extend to night tours. Take the ”Circuito das Serras‚” a jeep tour for the swiftest way of getting to the Park’s highest points, or try the ”Circuito dos Arrozais‚” a tour, taking in part of the Sado River estuary. Take a walk in the hills, underwater snorkeling, sea fishing or try the produce of these waters and a fresh grilled fish or some shellfish. You can also put on a pair of sturdy walking boots, pack your lunch, and discover some of the hidden corners of these hills that swoop right down to the Atlantic. report a problem

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