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Leg 19 - Setúbal Portugal

Updated: Jul 16, 2022

May 7 - 11. It was a short afternoon sail over to Setúbal passing by a small white sand island just before anchoring off the beach. The beach was back dropped by a forest so this was a much different view from all the other anchorages. On one of the days two dudes swam out to our boat and started shouting Agua, Agua. I tossed them two bottles of water that they drank hanging off the sugar scoop. They did not speak any English.


Took the dinghy into the town marina and parked at the dinghy dock. Had to pay a small day fee and the security guard wanted to see the boat documents which we do not bring ashore. First time we needed the papers for the Highfield. He asked what our nationality was and just after I said we were Canadians he responded with "That is was all the Americans say."


The town was a bit run-down and we were surprised when the steak lunch had a fried egg on top of the not so good tasking creamy sauce that burred the nicely BBQ'd steak. Was able to scrape most of it off.


Views from Forte de São Filipe

Forte de São Filipe was once an important defensive bastion and control of the city. Although the start date of the works is not unanimous among historians, the order of construction of the fortress is pointed to the year 1582, when D.Filipe II visited Setúbal.

The São Filipe Fort is the result of the orders of the Spanish monarch Filipe II on the fortification of the coastline that protects Setúbal and the mouth of the River Sado. Attributed for many years to Filipe Terzi, it is currently known that it was designed by Captain Fratino in 1583, being composed of an irregular polygonal plan, in a six-pointed star, with six bastions, and on a sharp slope over the sea, being protected by the North side by a second walled line. According to the works of Rafael Moreira, it is a scheme that we can witness in the castle of St. Elmo, in Naples.




On May 9th we headed to the other side of the harbour to explore Troia and eventually landed on the small sandy powder white beach. Reminded us of a much smaller Sable Island.


First time "successfully" anchoring on a beach. There still is sand in the bilges of the Dingy from foiled our attempt to go ashore in Sesimbra.

Back on the mainland in Troia the beaches were a little bit more coarse. Still beats a workday back home.



Someone's new home build.

Back in Setubal we explored the city sights.

More patterns with cobble stones and tiles.




Palácio da Comenda

Jacqueline Kennedy arrived at Palácio da Comenda, in Serra da Arrábida, in Setúbal, shortly after her husband's assassination in 1963. She came to Portugal with her two young children, Caroline and John, at the invitation of the Counts D'Armand—the French were apparently very friendly with the Kennedys. And that's it: these two sentences that we've just written summarize everything that is known about Jackie's alleged stay in Setúbal .

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