The Bay of Setúbal is part of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World.
It is a bay with calm waters dominated by the Sado estuary, the Arrábida mountain and the peninsula of Troia, and characterized by its scenic beauty, its great turistic potential and the importance of their natural environment (Nature Reserve Sado Estuary and Arrábida Natural Park) which makes it a unique place with an exceptional natural heritage internationally.
The Bay of Setúbal, where the Sado river and sea waters meet, it is a place that invites us to all sorts of nautical activities, sports, recreation and leisure community, where the dolphins can do the surprise of his appearance and expressions of welcome.
Setúbal is the main geographical and administrative center of the entire region Sado and Arrábida.
The city of Setúbal, which was of salt, canned fish and orange groves, is now, increasingly, a city where tourism plays a key role, given the exceptional circumstances of this region to attract tourists throughout the year.
The Bay of Setúbal and the Sado River, demarcating all its waterfront and its harbor of sheltered waters, support a set of activities, including fishing, though without the strength of other times, still remain, and which is related to the basis of the cuisine of the city.
Setúbal, also known as “City of Blue River” is endowed with excellent hotels, restaurants, bars and terraces, and is one of the most desirable tourist destinations in Portugal.
The peninsula of Troia is a relevant element of the landscape of the Sado Estuary and the Bay of Setúbal, constituting one of the main entrances throughout the Alentejo Coast.
It is a place of contrast where the modernity of tourism development is in contrast with Roman occupation with over 2000 years, where their oceanic islands and white sand beaches contrast with the inner lagoon of Caldeira de Tróia, a true sanctuary for birds, where are held, every august, the feast of N ª Sr ª de Troia, a religious festival organized by the fishing communities of Setubal.
In roman times, Troia was a large village whose occupants were engaged in harvesting seafood, shellfish and other products and their preparation and shipment, constituting the most important center of salting fish from all over the Roman Empire.