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Novotel SetubalA short trip from the attractive centre of Setubal, this hotel with a swimming pool is a convenient and comfortable base. The Arabida Natural Park and Sado Estuary Nature Reserve is located around Setubal. In this area is one of the most beautiful bays, with dolphins, flamingos and storks, where you can take a guided tour or relax on the wonderful Troia and Arrabida beaches.

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Setúbal is the main city in Setúbal Municipality in Portugal. The seat of the municipality is the city of Setúbal, located on the northern bank of the Sado river estuary, approximately 40 km south of Portugal's capital, Lisbon.

In the beginning of the 20th century, Setúbal was an important center of Portugal's fishing industry, particularly sardines. However, none of the many factories then created are operating today. Although its industrial life is in decline, tourism is perceived as a big opportunity for the future since the nearby coast of the Arrábida natural park offers beautiful beaches and unspoiled nature. A dolphin colony inhabits the Sado River. Across the river on the south bank lies the peninsula of Tróia, where several high-rise luxury resorts were built and abandoned after the realization they were being constructed on sinking, unstable land. As of 2005, a new luxury resort is planned to replace today's Tróia. The Tróia peninsula can be sighted from Albarquel, a beach located in the north bank of the estuary, at the very beginning of Arrábida.

The town has become the third largest port in Portugal as it well sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean. It lies to the south of Lisbon and a good motorway provides easy access. The main historical monument of the city of Setúbal is the Monastery of Jesus, with a 15th-16th century church that represents one of the first buildings in the Portuguese late Gothic style known as Manueline. Also of interest are the São Julião Church, also with Manueline portals. The Castelo de São Filipe, is a 16th-17th century fortress on the north bank of the Sado river, overseeing the city. The fortress was converted into a luxury hotel. Teatro Animação de Setúbal is based in Setúbal.

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