This happy coincidence has enabled Setúbal to be admitted to the exclusive and coveted Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World, which only has a membership of thirty ocean inlets, such as S. Francisco, in the US, and Mindelo, in Cape Verde.
Its shore is exceptionally rich in fish, and the local gastronomy is identified in terms of fish dishes, in particular fish stew, cuttlefish and beans, monkfish kebab, fried cuttlefish and seafood soup.
The local confectionary, tortas (like Swiss rolls), sweet cheeses, the ‘SS’ from Azeitão, are also justly famous. And one of Portugal’s finest cheeses is also from this area: Azeitão cheese. Good wine is also produced in the Setúbal region, and the red wine made from the Periquita grape, with its pronounced fruity flavour, is especially good.