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Setúbal

A popular touring destination 25 miles (40km) south of Lisbon is Setúbal, one of Portugal's oldest cities, renowned for producing the most delicious muscadel wine in the world. The city is also the centre of Portugal's sardine industry and has been a fish-salting centre since the 1st century. White mounds of sea salt drying in the sun are a familiar part of the local landscape.

Tourism, based on the beautiful existing natural conditions plus excellent hotels, resorts and infrastructures, is one of the city's most appreciated resources, due to its interconnection location with Sado River on one side and Atlantic Ocean on another, having a coast line with both. Also connected with the nearby coast of the Arrabida hills natural park - which offers an unspoiled nature and beautiful beaches to the Atlantic Ocean and if one is lucky, you may spot the dolphin colony, which inhabits the Sado River.

There are also some outstanding beaches near the city and some pretty countryside dotted with orange groves, orchards and vineyards, which visitors can explore.