Quinta do Esteval

Quinta do Esteval is a property located on the peninsula of Setúbal and inserted in the natural park of Arrábida.


A property owned for several generations to Palmela family and that, during the French invasion of the XVIII century served as a hospital.

The main house was all rehabilitated in the 70s and has since then, been family residence.


The main occupation of the farm beyond the forest is the growing of vine yards and sheeps in order to obtain the well-known Azeitão cheese and the famous wines of the Setúbal Peninsula region.

The Esteval being located inside the Arrabida Natural Park has since its inception contributed to the preservation of local nature and therefore the area is presented with all the splendor surrounded by the Serra da Arrábida and the St. Louis saw.


With an area of ​​about 70 there, nature walks on foot, horseback bicycle or any other means are pleasures that can be done on this property.


Near this location we have such important places like the village of Azeitao, known winemakers as José Maria da Fonseca, Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Bacalhôa or Farm Alcube.

They are also known craft works, tableware and tiles developed in the region to which we suggest a visit.

We can not forget the city and district capital that is Setúbal with its historical heritage and its riverside location brings us excellent fish and provides fantastic boat rides along the coast of Arrábida not only for a refreshing swim, but also to discover the dolphins that populate this imitante marine park.


The building of Quinta do Esteval was designed during the eighteenth century.

In addition to the manor house designed as a rural house, you find the garden, carefully planned and linking up perfectly with the building of an overall urban design of dynamism and grandeur clearly allusion Baroque.

The house has plant "L" composed by two rectangular and 4 volumes water coverage. The game forms created by the dynamism of the plant and the pace imposed on the main facade (structured in two overlapping gaps and torn by fenestration straight lintel) corrobam baroque architectural flair already sensed the intimate urban interface pleasure garden with the building itself.


The main facade of the house was designed using also some constructive sobriety which refers to the functionality and characteristic dispossession of Pombaline architecture, visible in the linearity of the balconies in wrought iron and the typology of azulejo sets, polychrome, with radial thems and central framed by a border of concheados. A light rococo suggestion is visible through the use of vegetal motifs undulating and winding representations of birds in the tile pattern.

Quinta do Esteval is a beautiful example of eighteenth-century architecture where, in scholarly fashion, cohabit several architectural and decorative languages ​​in vogue during the eighteenth century.


Throughout the twentieth century were carried out various restoration work carried out by the architect Alberto Cruz.