Vegan Guide Lisbon – Part 5: Surroundings

South and East of Lisbon

Also south and east of Lisbon we have food suggestions in the cities of Almada, Sesimbra and Setúbal for you. In general, we can recommend you a trip to each of the three cities. And also here, we found a hostel which we particularly liked, but see for yourself:

Our video of Almada, Sesimbra & Setúbal


The city of Almada is located opposite to Lisbon on the southern bank of the Tagus River. The bridge Ponte 25 de Abril connects it to the Lisbon district of Alcântara. ALready from there, you can see the landmark of Almada: the 28-meter high statue of Christ Cristo Rei, one of the highest statues in the world.

It is a replica of two meters higher Cristo Redentor statue in Rio de Janeiro and depicts Christ with open arms, turning to the Ponte 25 de Abril and Lisbon. The statue stands on a 75-meter-high base, which is situated 113 meters above the Tagus.

The Veggie Lovers Truck (number 34 on the Vegan Map) is by its own account the first 100% vegan steet food truck in Portugal. It is located in the food court of the shopping center Almada Fórum. In addition to three burgers in organic quality, there you get also freshly squeezed juices and vegan mayo. For dessert you can choose between rice pudding, panna cotta and a brownie – all vegan of course!


The small town of Sesimbra is located about 30 kilometers south of Almada. The medieval castle Castelo de Sesimbra does not cost any entrance and is highly recommended. From here you have a beautiful view of Sesimbra and the nearby Arrábida National Park. Sesimbra itself is located on a coast with wide beaches and mighty cliffs.

Slightly outside is the Aloha Slow Café (number 35 on the Vegan Map). Here, the focus is on healthy food, made from local organic products, inspired by the Slow Food movement. In addition to breakfast options, there you can get vegan burgers, wraps, toasts and sandwiches, accompanied by freshly squeezed juices, smoothies, plant milk varieties and cakes.


The town of Setúbal is nestled on the north-eastern side of the Serra da Arrábida Natural Reserve. Here, too, there is a fortress, the Forte de São Filipe, built by the then king Don Filipe II in 1522. It offers a great view of the city and the opposite peninsula of Tróia, which knows to impress with its dunes, beaches and nature reserves.

The vegetarian self-service restaurant O Canteiro (number 36 on the Vegan Map) is located in the center of Setúbal. Here you can have breakfast, lunch or simply a piece of cake. The offer includes freshly squeezed juices, fruit, salads, small pasta products, changing hot dishes and dessert. Our tip: definitely try the pineapple cake!

To finish, we have another hostel recommendation for you: the Blue Coast Hostel in Setúbal. The large kitchen and the leafy outdoor seating areas are special here. On the first floor there is another lounge. Moreover, the hostel is located right in the old town. Also, we were lucky: we had the entire 10-bed room completely for ourselves!

Here you can book the hostel with a 10% discount.

Address:  Avenida 5 de Outubro 140, Setúbal
Check-in: 16:00 to 22:00 | Check-out: 08:00 to 12:00
We paid: 15 euros (per night and person)

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