[4K] Setúbal - Portugal, Walking Tour of a Historic Coastal City South of Lisbon
In this video... Click the SUBSCRIBE button so you don't miss the new videos coming soon! Sunday - 4:00pm - 27 ºC / 81 ºF Hi everyone! Today I'm walking in the city of Setúbal, located on the northern bank of the Sado River estuary, 50 km (31 miles) south of Lisbon. Setúbal is a working class city, a major port and industrial center without an overly industrial feel It's significantly less affluent and expensive than, for example, Cascais or Estoril, but still with a good quality of life. Largo (square) Santa Maria Igreja (church) de Santa Maria da Graça, also known as the Setúbal Cathedral Located in the heart of the old medieval streets, it was originally built in the thirteenth century The current building is a reconstruction of the High Renaissance period, 15th and 16th centuries Setúbal is a medium-sized city, by Portuguese standards, with approximately 95,000 inhabitants Travessa (by-street) de Santa Maria Rua (street) Antão Girão This is a very popular retail street, but being Sunday most shops are closed, so the street is unusually quiet.
Setubal and its surrounding area is awash with history dating back to before the Roman period In antiquity, Setúbal was known as Cetóbriga, a Turdetani settlement that came under Roman control The Turdetani were an ancient pre-Roman peoples of the Iberian Peninsula, 2300 years ago Cetóbriga was an important urban and industrial center, mainly for fish salting, which extended along both banks of the river Sado. This is the Setúbal delegation of the Portuguese Red Cross Largo (square) da Misericórdia Rua (street) Dr. Paula Borba Across the river on the south bank lies the peninsula of Tróia, a place with vast golden sand beaches where several luxury hotels and resorts were recently built. Another ancient Roman town lies buried under the sands there That town was destroyed by an earthquake and the ensuing tidal wave in the 5th century In the 20th century remnants of the town, including vestiges of its salting industry, were uncovered and can be visited.
Largo (square) Dr. Francisco Soveral Rua (street) Serpa Pinto Igreja (church) de São Julião The church was originally built in the second half of the 13th century According to tradition, it was sponsored by the fishermen of Setúbal Praça de Bocage, Setúbal's main square The original church was almost completely destroyed by the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake, it was rebuilt and redecorated in the last third of the 18th century following the late Baroque style. This square is named after Manuel Bocage, one of Portugal’s most important and outspoken poets Born in Setúbal in 1765, Bocage was a Neo-classical poet and dramatist Bocage began to make verses in his infancy, and being somewhat of a prodigy grew up to be flattered, self-conscious and unstable.
He decided to join the Royal Naval Academy, but instead of studying he pursued romantic adventures For the next few years he had numerous love affairs, and his retentive memory and extraordinary talent for improvisation gained him a host of admirers. The Setúbal City Hall, housed in a lovely 20th century reconstruction The original 16th century building was, unfortunately, destroyed during a fire in 1910 A map of Setúbal's twin cities, these include Pau and Beauvais (France), Magdeburg (Germany), Tordesillas (Spain), Porto Seguro (Brazil), Galati (Romania), and more. In the times of Al-Andalus, Setúbal was known as Shatubar Al-Andalus was the Muslim-ruled area of the Iberian Peninsula between 711 and 1492, though the boundaries changed constantly as the Christian reconquest progressed. Rua (street) Bocage Avenida (avenue) 22 de Dezembro Avenida Luísa Todi, Setubal's main avenue Luísa Todi (1753–1833) was a popular mezzo-soprano opera singer, born in Setúbal In 1778 she sang at the famous Concerts Spirituels in Paris, winning a triumph and being considered the best foreign singer ever featured in France. In 1784, Luísa travelled to St. Petersburg, Russia, with her husband and children
On June 10, Luísa gave her first concert, her performance was so impressive that at the end of that concert the Empress Catherine II, commonly known as Catherine the Great, presented her with two diamond bracelets. Luísa Todi stayed four years in Russia (1784–1788). She was the royal princesses' singing teacher, and Catherine II continued to present her with magnificent jewels of incalculable value. The following year she returned to Paris for her third season of Concerts Spirituels, and was considered by critics as "the greatest singer of her time". In 1790 she started a triumphant tour through Germany, and in Bonn she performed for Beethoven Luísa Todi died on October 1, 1833, after suffering a stroke the previous July She was buried in the cemetery of the Church of the Incarnation, close to Chiado, in Lisbon The cemetery area still exists today, underneath the foundations of a later building at 78 Rua do Alecrim In spite of constant requests made by Todi enthusiasts and family descendants, one of the greatest singers of all time remains buried beneath the pavement of an obscure cellar...
Praça (square) Teófilo Braga Chafariz (fountain) da Praça Teófilo Braga Avenida Luísa Todi You'll never run out of restaurant options in Setúbal, especially if you like seafood Characterized by an intense fishing activity since time immemorial, it is obvious why Setúbal’s gastronomy is based on fish, shellfish and marine mollusks Fried squid is the most famous dish, and the one that brings the most visitors to the region From red mullets to sardines, mackerels, cuttlefish and oysters, the freshness, quality and diversity of flavours are displayed in the restaurants of Setúbal. I'd place Setúbal right at the top of the best seafood in Portugal (and now I'll be boiled alive by angry folks from other coastal towns and cities) Fresh fish and seafood are hallmarks of Portugal, this country has one of the highest fish consumption per capita in the world. This is exactly how Portuguese people look when they go to a seafood restaurant Continuing the history of Setúbal, after the period of Muslim rule... The Age of Discoveries brought great development to the town In 1458, King Afonso V, set off from the port of Setúbal to conquer Alcácer Ceguer, in Morocco Throughout the 15th century, Setúbal developed many economic activities, mainly linked to industry and commerce, generating money from the duties charged for entry into the port In 1487, an aqueduct that supplied the town with water was built Rua (street) da Cordoaria Avenida (avenue) José Mourinho (yes, THAT José Mourinho...) If you know a thing or two about football (our American viewers call it soccer), you know who I'm talking about. Mourinho was indeed was born and bred in Setúbal. Setubal's fishing port at the mouth of the Sado River Throughout the 19th century, economic and social development transformed Setúbal, when it became one of the most important commercial and industrial hubs in the country.
In 1860, a Royal charter officially recognised Setúbal as a city, two years after the municipality had requested it from King Pedro V. In the beginning of the 20th century, Setúbal was the most important center of Portugal's fishing industry, particularly specializing in processing and exporting sardines. The Sado estuary is the habitat of a large community of bottlenose dolphins In the distance you can see the hills of the Arrábida Natural Park, where you can find the most beautiful beaches in the whole Lisbon Metropolitan Area, including a few that are wild and uncrowded. One of them (Galapinhos) is widely considered to be one of the best beaches in Europe Rua (street) João de Deus Largo (square) José Afonso José Afonso, popularly known as Zeca Afonso, was a Portuguese singer-songwriter One of the most influential folk and protest musicians in the history of Portugal, he became an icon due to the role of his music in the resistance against the Estado Novo regime. Afonso's song 'Grândola Vila Morena' was used as a radio-broadcast signal by the Armed Forces, during their military coup operation in the morning of April 25, 1974, which led to the Carnation Revolution and the transition to democracy in Portugal.
This is the José Afonso Auditorium Parque (park) Luísa Todi It's a poem dedicated to the River Sado Monument to the Antifascist Resistance, to Freedom and Democracy Fonte Centenária (Centenary Fountain) It was inaugurated in 1960 to celebrate the first centenary since Setúbal became officially a city Municipal Gallery, a space that was adapted to host cultural events, such as exhibitions The building housed the Setúbal branch of the Bank of Portugal, between 1917 and 1994 The architecture has Art Nouveau influences, and was a symbol of Setúbal’s financial power in the early 20th century. The actor Carlos Rodrigues (1944-2016), most popularly known as ‘Manuel Bola’ Rua (street) Barão do Vale One of the many terminals of the Port of Setúbal The importance of the Port of Setúbal goes back to pre-classical antiquity (at least 3000 years ago), known by the Phoenician navigators that frequented these shores and established commercial factories, as we can see in archeological findings. The Tróia Peninsula lies south of Setúbal across the Sado River estuary The peninsula is a 21 km (13 mi) long sandspit with white sand beaches on the Atlantic Ocean side This is where you can catch the catamaran to Tróia, the car ferry is to the left, not far from here The beautiful Tróia Peninsula Thank you for watching! If you liked this video hit the LIKE button and don't forget to SUBSCRIBE Watch More / Subscribe