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Setúbal(səto͞o`bəl), city (1991 pop. 83,548), capital of Setúbal district, S central Portugal, on the Bay of Setúbal at the mouth of the Sado River, in Estremadura. One of Portugal's most important ports, it handles wine, oranges, and cork. It has a fishing fleet, shipyards, chemical and glass plants, and is a major sardine-canning center. In 1979 a highway between Lisbon and Setúbal was opened. Setúbal was a royal residence (1481–95) under John II.
a city and port in Portugal; located on the Atlantic coast at the point where the Sado River flows into the Bay of Setúbal. Capital of Setúbal District, Estremadura Province. Population, 50,000 (1970). Setúbal is a center for the fishing and fish-canning industries. Other industry includes the production of superphosphate fertilizers, the processing of cork, wine-making, and the manufacture of motors. The port has a freight turnover of more than 1 million tons (1972).