Arrábida, a privileged region

The Arrábida region corresponds to a territory marked by a mountainous set of rugged relief at low altitudes, which extends to the extreme southwest of the Setúbal Peninsula, bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west.

Arrábida is located just 30 km from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, with very easy access through good communication routes. By car or bus, Arrábida is easy to reach in about 30 to 45 minutes from the city center or Lisbon airport.

The mountain and the natural park is about 35 km long and varies from 8.5 km to 4 km in width, with a longitudinal orientation of ENE-WSW. Its relief expression is strongly marked by this immediate contact with the sea and the great plains that confront it to the north and east.

A close relationship between the mountains and the sea, the type of markedly calcareous and fertile soils, the relative abundance of water and a hot and humid climate gave rise to the development of a wide range of highly important plant species, due to their genetic diversity and the grand scale of its elements. These were the decisive factors for the development of a varied fauna, from an enormous diversity and rarity of invertebrate species to large mammals, where the human species has settled since the Paleolithic.

The human occupation of Arrábida is witnessed in several traces from prehistoric times to modern times. Archeology and history have revealed that this has been a privileged region to live in, to build settlements, to explore the forest and agricultural riches and, for some time now, to enjoy as a leisure area of high beauty.

Since 1971, a legal statute for the protection of Arrábida has been established, and in July 1976 the Arrábida Natural Park was created. This classification created the protection of all the geological, geomorphological, floristic, faunal and landscape values of the territory, as well as the historical, cultural and heritage testimonies created and left here by human presence. In 1998, the entire marine area of Arrábida was added to the protection regime, with the designation of Parque Marinho Professor Luiz Saldanha.

This protection status was essential to underline the phrase of Friar Martinho de Santa Maria, when he arrived here to found the Convent of Arrábida in the 16th century.




“If I'm not in heaven,
I'm in its surroundings”

How to get to Arrábida
The Arrábida Territory, which corresponds to the protected area of the Arrábida Natural Park, is located in the municipalities of Setúbal, Palmela and Sesimbra, in the extreme south of the Setúbal Peninsula.

Coming from Porto: Take the A1 to Lisbon, cross the Tagus River on the Vasco da Gama Bridge and take the A12 to Setúbal.

Coming from Lisbon: Crossing the Tagus River. Via the 25 de Abril Bridge, take the A2; via the Vasco da Gama Bridge, take the A12. Exit in Setúbal.

Coming from the South: From the Algarve or Alentejo Litoral, take the A2; from Central Alentejo or Spain, take the A6 towards Lisbon. Exit in Setúbal at the junction with the A12.

Public Transport to Setúbal
Buses - TST
Boat (from Tróia) - Atlantic Ferries
Humberto Delgado Airport - Lisbon
Taxi - Squares next to the bus and train stations

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