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Monday Morning Photo – Religious Azulejo in Setubal, Portugal

Azulejo Religious Family Setubal Portugal

Setubal is a coastal city south of Lisbon and was formerly one of the great sardine fishing centers of Portugal. Fertagus trains leave from multiple stations in Lisbon and take less than an hour to reach Setubal, making it an easy day trip from the capital. While walking near the water I came across this religious azulejo. It’s more modern than the typical blue and white azulejos, but brightens the appearance of the building just the same.

In addition to this colorful Portuguese urban art, the area surrounding Setubal is full of natural beauty and attractions. A pod of dolphins lives in the nearby Sado River and the countryside bears the vineyards and castles that I will always associate with Portugal.

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  • Nathan Anderson July 7, 2014, 2:23 pm

    That last paragraph has me really wanting to visit Portugal. Thanks for the travel inspiration!

    • Dave July 7, 2014, 4:14 pm

      Thanks, Nathan! I lived there for a year, wish it had been five. Really fun country.

  • Greer July 8, 2014, 11:05 am

    I’ve not long come back from the area. What a lovely place. Like the others, I could easily live there for a long time…


  • Sandra from Tripper July 13, 2014, 5:42 pm

    The tiles are so typical in Portugal. Sometimes people will “scratch” them out of the walls (specially from the older houses in downtown Lisbon) to sell them to tourists on flea markets at an incredibly high price. When in Setubal please tell me you had “choco frito” (fried squid)?

  • Pedro Freire July 24, 2014, 9:18 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed my country and the art of the tiles. Setúbal is usually out of the usual routes for foreigners, but it has beautiful seaside, hills and great food :) Great post!

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