The municipality of Setúbal is rich with green areas perfect for leisure, practising sports, children’s entertainment or for observing some rare species of trees.
It is worth highlighting the size and importance that some of these areas have as green spaces, particularly in an urban environment.
This is the municipality’s oldest green space, dating back to the 16th century. Located in the city centre, it covers an area of over 42,000 m2.
It has restaurants, a playground, an amphitheatre for shows, and also several artistic points of interest, such as the different versions of the “Pasmadinhos de Setúbal” (sculptures), a sundial and the city’s coat of arms in stone.
Here it is possible to watch water birds (at the main lake), as well as observe over 40 tree species, including specimens classified as trees of national interest, and even a rare specimen of Araucaria bidwillii.
Albarquel Urban Park
Located near the Sado River, this urban park covers an area of over 40,000 m2.
It offers restaurants, a fitness track, a playing field, a playground, an exhibitions gallery, a panoramic view of the river and of the Tróia Peninsula, and a sports support centre; GoArrábida.
Bela Vista Park
The municipality’s largest park – over 100,000 m2 – with a wonderful view over the Serra da Arrábida, the Sado River and the Tróia Peninsula.
It has cafés, playing fields, fitness tracks, changing rooms, parkour tracks, children’s equipment, an amphitheatre, and it’s even possible to observe autochthonous shrubs.
With an area of over 60,000 m2, the park is equipped with mobile catering services, an amphitheatre, game courts (including paddle) and a playground.
There is a chance to observe a complex, artisanal irrigation system which connects to several tanks, a well and a noria.
This park has an area of over 27,000 m2, as well as cafés and a playground.
You can watch water birds (at the main lake with the islet) and visit the Freixo de Duarte de Armas clone, offered to Setúbal by the municipality of Freixo de Espada à Cinta.
Situated at the entrance of Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, it has an area of over 20,000 m2 and offers cafés, a playground, senior fitness equipment and walking routes.
It is also possible to observe ancient olive trees, as well as other riparian species planted along the body of water.
Multi-sensory Energy Garden
The visually attractive and energy efficient equipment stimulates the visitors’ senses by providing colour contrasts, different smells, textures and sounds.
At the same time, it is a space to learn about environmentally sustainable energies.
Located within the National Ecological Reserve, as a protected area of “Escarpas de Santos Nicolau”, it has an area of around 8,000 m2.
There are breathtaking views of the Sado River from several areas of the garden.