Setubal Bay
Portugal
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General information about Setubal Bay

The city of Setúbal is located 40 kms south of the Portuguese capital and has an almost unique characteristic in Europe: a colony of bottlenose dolphins.

It is a calm waters bay, framed by the River Sado estuary, the Sierra da Arrabida and the Peninsula of Tróia. It is characterized by its scenic beauty, its great tourism potential and the natural importance of its surroundings (the Natural Reserve of the Sado Estuary and the Arrábida Natural Park), which makes it a unique place with an internationally exceptional natural heritage.

the Bay of Setúbal, where the River Sado and the sea meet, is a place that invites to all kinds of water sports, recreation and leisure activities and where the dolphin community can make you a surprise and welcome you.

Setúbal est située à 40 kms au sud de Lisbonne, au Portugal, avec la particularité presque unique en toute l’Europe d’avoir une colonie de grands dauphins.

Il s’agit d’une baie d’eaux assez sereines dominées par l’estuaire du Sado, la sierra d’Arrábida et la péninsule de Tróia, dont la beauté du paysage cache de grands potentiels touristiques. Appartenant à la Réserve Naturelle de l’Estuaire du Sado et au Parc Naturel d’Arrábida, c’est un endroit assez unique avec un héritage naturel tout à fait exceptionnel au niveau international.

Le fleuve Sado retrouve l’océan à la baie de Setúbal, en nous invitant ainsi à tout type de sports nautiques et d’activités ludiques, et où on peut avoir la surprise de la chaleureuse bienvenue des grands dauphins.

Local Partners: www.mun-setubal.pt
Natural Environment
Coastline
Rock and cut out coast and sandy peninsula
Climate
Mediterranean
Temperatures
Annual average : 15 °C
Thermal amplitude : from 9°C to 21°C
Amplitude annuelle:
Precipitations
Annual : 658 mm
Distribution : All seasons maximum of winter
Biogeographic Classification
Mediterranean forests and maquis (west Palaearctic)
Human Environment
Language
Portuguese
Local Economy
Fishing, maritime industries, tourism
Demography
Population (inhab.) : 120 000
Density (inhab/km2):
Human Development Index
0,896
Ecological Footprint
4,47
Heritage and Credentials
Natural Heritage
Natural Reserve of Sado Estuary: salted meadows, dolphins, hérons, white storks, Flemish pink, ducks, birds raptors and the European otter, the deer…
Cultural Heritage
Fortress of Sao Filipe (16th century), gastronomical richness (fish, wines, cheeses,..), fishing with sardine
Coastal Management
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Criteria retained by the club
BN 2 : Ecological and biological process (Sado, Arrabida coast ) ; BC 2 : Testimony of exchanges
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