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Setúbal is a city and a municipality in Portugal. The population in 2014 was 118,166, in an area of 230.33km². The city proper had 89,303 inhabitants in 2001.In the times of Al-Andalus the city was known as Sheṭūbar. In the 19th century, the port was called Saint Ubes in English and Saint-Yves in French.The municipal holiday is 15 September, which marks the date in the year 1860 on which King Pedro V of Portugal officially recognised Setúbal as a city.City informationThe city of Setúbal is located on the northern bank of the Sado River estuary, approximately 48km south of Portugal's capital, Lisbon. It is also the seat of the Setúbal District.In the beginning of the 20th century, Setúbal was the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry, particularly sardines. None of the many factories then created are operating today. However, the existing maritime ports, either traditional, commercial and the new marines, keep the city links to the ocean and water well alive and vibrant. Tourism, based on the beautiful existing natural conditions plus excellent hotels, resorts and infrastructures, is one of the city's most appreciated resources, due to its interconnection with the Sado (river) on one side and Atlantic Ocean on another, having a coast line with both. The city is also connected with the nearby coast of the Arrábida hills natural park - which offers an unspoiled nature and beautiful beaches to the Atlantic Ocean. A dolphin colony inhabits the Sado River. Across the river on the south bank lies the peninsula of Tróia, a place with vast white/golden sand beaches where several luxury hotels and resorts were recently built. The Tróia peninsula can be sighted from the city, across the river. Albarquel, Figueirinha, Galápos, Galapinhos and Portinho da Arrábida are some of the city's many beaches, located in the north bank of the estuary, at the very beginning of the Arrábida hills. Setubal is in Setubal District. To arrange what you want to do in Setubal, use our Portugal online attractions planner.
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