Historical cruise in the Bay of Setúbal

With Rotas do Sal you can enjoy family cruises in the Sado River and make a historical itinerary in Setúbal Bay, two thousand years of history within reach of a 2-hours ride. The Roman complex of Tróia, coastal military fortresses of the century XVII, the Palace of Comenda, a masterpiece of Portuguese architecture from the early twentieth century, are some of the elements of the historic and built heritage, reflected along the waterfront of the Sado estuary.

tourism activities, family cruises in the Sado River
This is a tour in the Setúbal Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world, border zone and one of the main input ports in Alentejo, where the magnificence and diversity of its scenery, the serenity of its clear waters and mild climate are some of the its most distinguishing features.

A journey through time of human occupation that characterized this region since the great civilizations of antiquity that sailed and settled here, until more recent times in our history.

Meeting-places: Doca das Fontainhas (west side) and Marina de Tróia.


From Setúbal (or Tróia), guided boat tour along the waterfront of the Bay of Setúbal, with the aim of knowing and admiring their built heritage. Visit of the interior of the Roman complex of Tróia.

Interesting points – Tróia (view over the Alentejo coast), Fortification of Outão, Palace of Comenda, small fortress of Albarquel, Fortification of S. Filipe, riverside area of ​​Setúbal, Tróia lagoon, Roman ruins, Tróia resort, marina.

Price – from 15 €

Meeting the Sado River

“Meeting the Sado River” is a proposal for a time travel, a journey through history and places where, at different times, Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs, among others, sailed with their mighty ships to the interior of the Alentejo. Today, it is still possible to navigate some stretches of the river Sado, particularly from Setúbal, or from Tróia, to Alcácer do Sal, so we offer you the possibility to know this important route, used by several civilizations for more than 2,500 years .

Guided tour (from Setúbal or Troia) to the charming village of Alcácer do Sal, right through the heart of the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve, with the aim of getting to know the surrounding nature as well as enjoying the tranquility of the landscape dominated by salt marshes , rice paddies, pine forests and the wonderful world of birds.

Meeting-places: Doca das Fontainhas (west side) and Marina de Tróia.

Route: Departure from Setúbal (or Troia), with passage next to the Marateca stele and the St. Martinho river to Alcácer do Sal.

Points of interest

As main points of interest along the route we highlight:

  • The passage next to the Roman Ruins of Troy,
  • Military base,
  • Soltróia,
  • Shipyards,Herdade do Pinheiro,
  • Abul (Phoenician trading post and stilt port),
  • Pipeline / pipeline,
  • Monte Novo,
  • Cachopos,
  • Railway bridge,
  • Salina da Batalha,
  • Alcácer do Sal.

Price – from 20 €

Contact us if you need to make a reservation or need more information