In the Historic Center of Setúbal, each street, building, facade, sidewalk or balcony is a piece of the city's memory.
Here, the past goes back to the Phoenician and Roman periods, but a trip through Baixa is more than a history lesson; is also to stroll in a vast commercial area in the open air.
Five minutes from Praça de Bocage, the center of the historic area, is the Convento de Jesus – classified as a National Monument – where the Museum of Setúbal is located. Another point of interest is the Igreja de Jesus, considered the first trial in the country of a hall church.
From the convent, head towards Praça de Bocage, a real starting point for discovering downtown. From here, the XNUMXst century coexists intimately with Roman and medieval legacies.
Surrounded by esplanades, the Church of S. Julião displays the rich Manueline portico, in which figures engraved in stone around 500 years ago observe the daily sale of handicrafts.
An old tourist information office, currently a space that aggregates the offer in the areas of nature tourism, gastronomy and wine tourism around the centrality of Arrábida, is also worth a visit because the glass floor reveals an old Roman fish salting factory. .
Nearby, in Largo de Santa Maria, is the XNUMXth cathedral of Santa Maria da Graça, a temple that is next door to the Casa do Corpo Santo/Museum of the Baroque. Heading towards Avenida Luísa Todi, be sure to admire Casa do Leão.
In our acclaimed living room, Praça do Bocage, you can visit the incredible Paços do Concelho building and the Municipality Room. Some of the great secrets of this world that is Setúbal can be revealed there. Right in front, enjoy a moment of relaxation at Casa do Turismo, where you have the possibility to discover and acquire some of the best flavors of the region and finish your tour at Casa da Cultura. Don't be surprised if you find there a magical moment coming from the world of the arts.
On Luísa Todi Avenue, Baixa is left behind and deserves another incursion. There is much more to discover and Setúbal asks the visitor to discover it with taste and time.