This private tour, offers a view of Lisbon’s fishing culture that’s not often seen by travellers. You will explore a traditional fishing village near the capital and learn the local lifestyle.
During the tour, stop for lunch in Setúbal, a traditional fishing town filled with a classic rustic appeal.
Your day start by being picked-up at your hotel, airbnb or cruise port in Lisbon for your private tour. After crossing Lisbon’s old bridge, you will travel along the coast to the Arrábida Mountain Range.
Reaching the Arrábida National Park national park, you will see the breath-taking views of the Sado estuary, which is listed as one of the most beautiful bays of the world. Being in a natural park, you have a few beautiful spots, where you can park and take amazing pictures of the mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, you will stop to see from the outside the Arrábida Convent and Lapa de Santa Margarida, before reaching the historical centre of Setúbal.
Reaching Setúbal, you will explore the Livramento Market.
In June/2015, USA Today Travel (Food & Wine), considered this market as one of the 10 best fish markets of the world. The market’s distinctive tiled walls, called “Azulejos”, comprised of 5,700 decorative tile pieces, the wall panels measure about 1,259 square feet and depict scenes of everyday local activities such as fishing and farming. See an assortment of local seafood laid out on counters and get to know how the different fish actually look like…
Sardines are a favourite at the market. According to the Portuguese National Tourist Office, Portugal consumes 13 sardines per second, during the month of June.
To end your experience, and before heading back to Lisbon, you will have lunch at a typical family run fisherman´s restaurant, where you will eat a delicious and traditional Mediterranean meal.
Depending on the morning´s catch, you could have Dourada (Sea Bream), Robalo (Sea Bass), Espadarte (Swordfish/Marlin), Sardinhas (Sardines), Carapaus (Horse Mackerel), Lulas (Squid), Chocos (Cuttlefish) and many others. With that, you have simple but very good homemade side dishes that the fisherman traditionally eat.
Talk with your guide and choose if you want to have a more “adventurous” or keeping things “simple” meal.
Time permitting, explore one of the first "star fortifications" build in Portugal, and take in the amazing views over the surrounding locations. Work on the fortress began in 1590 and was completed in 1600. The São Filipe Fortress, resulted of the orders of the king, for the fortification of the coastline that protected Setúbal and the entrance of the Sado river. The interior space, which originally included the Governors House and military. There is a small baroque chapel, still preserved, dedicated to Our Lady dated 1736.
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