In the bathing season, Praia de Albarquel has wicker parasols and loungers for rent.
The last beach on the Arrábida coast (that is, if you’re coming from the west; if you’re coming from the city of Setúbal, it’s the first beach) is mostly frequented by the people of Setúbal (especially the younger population, which doesn’t mind walking here from the center of town, for about a half hour).
Praia de Albarquel faces the Troia peninsula
It faces the Troia peninsula and has a good view of the Arrábida Natural Park. There are always small boats on the calm waters, and wicker parasols on the golden sand for rent in the summer. In the bathing season, there is also lifeguard supervision.
Praia de Albarquel has a good view of the Arrábida Natural Park
On the eastern side is a ruined 17th-century fort, the Forte de Albarquel, built to defend the mouth of the Sado river and the port of Setúbal. Behind it is a park (the Parque Urbano de Albarquel), where people often also sunbathe.
Beach for: Swimming, Families
Bar or Restaurant: Yes
How to Get to Praia de Albarquel Beach
It’s possible to walk from the center of Setúbal to this beach. It’s about 30 minutes from the main boulevard (Avenida Luísa Todi), walking west, following the coastal road. There is also a bus (number 726, operated by TST) departing from a stop by Casa da Baía (Avenida Luísa Todi, 468) every 20 minutes and stopping at this beach in 10 to 15 minutes.
To get to Setúbal from Lisbon, you can either take the train or a bus. For complete transportation details, see the guide to Arrábida.
Hotels by Praia de Albarquel Beach
If you consider 40 minutes to be walking distance, you can walk from this 4-star hotel to Praia de Albarquel. It’s located right in the center of Setúbal, and has 112 rooms and suites with balconies overlooking a park, an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and fitness room.
Rio Art Hotel
A highly-rated budget option in the center of Setúbal (it’s a short walk from the train and bus stations), this hotel is just over 2km from Praia de Albarquel (about a 30-minute walk). It offers double rooms decorated with colorful art, most of them with small balconies.