The Sado River bay was the first in Portugal to join the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World.
Setúbal has been a member of this selective Club based in Vannes, France, since 14 November 2002. It is made up of over four dozen bays distributed around the entire planet.
The list includes a series of iconic bays such as the San Francisco Bay in the USA, Mont-Saint-Michel in France, Qingdao in China, Kerala Backwaters in India and Ha-Long Bay in Vietnam.
The club aims to promote the exchange of experiences between members with regard to policies on bay protection, conservation and sustained development.
Setúbal Bay is located within the National Ecological Reserve limit, and forms part of the Sado Estuary. Enriched by the magnificence of the mountains, the bay’s coastal area is home to some of Nature’s treasures, such as Portinho da Arrábida, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal and the “Pedra da Anicha” (Anicha Rock), considered a Zoological Reserve.
Setúbal Bay is also the natural habitat of bottlenose dolphins, one of the rare sedentary communities of dolphins in Europe.
The Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World was founded on 10 March 1997 in Berlin, Germany, under the name “Club des Plus Belles Baies du Monde” – an association that is governed by French law.
As part of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Conference, Setúbal Bay performed its version of the hymn that the organisation wrote for the event, which was held in Penghu, Taiwan, in October 2018.
This is the final result. It was performed during the conference and involved the special participation of the singer Susana Martins and the Afina Setúbal Choir, conducted by choirmaster Nuno Batalha.