The Bay of Setúbal, with all the qualities and assets in terms of heritage, the environment and culture that it boasts, was voted a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club.
After formally submitting its application in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, its admission to the club, to which 29 bays from around the world belong, was ratified in Paris.
As the most important natural habitat for the conservation of the bottle-nosed dolphin, fulfilling one of the nature requirements demanded by UNESCO, The Bay of Setúbal will benefit from added values, notably from the international projection of the city.
It is also a way of alerting the country to some of the problems that Bay is facing, in particular pollution and the return of the city to the river.
Framed by the Sado estuary, the Serra da Arrábida and the Tría peninsula, the Bay is a major beneficiary of the Polis intervention program, which covers an area of 70 hectares. Its main aims are to link the city to the river and valorize the environment.In particular the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve, where it is still possible to watch dolphins in the wild, and the Arrábida Natural Park, which has unique characteristics and contains species that can only be found in areas near the Mediterranean.
There are also excellent beaches, especially Figueirinha, Galapos and Portinho da Arrábida (a magnificent sheltered bay), And on the other side of the River Sado, within easy reach by ferry, there is the Tróia peninsula with about 18 kms of beaches and a golf course.