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Trivia: Santarém is known as the "capital of Portuguese Gothic", concentrating important architectural sets of Gothic style in the city.
Some points of interest: Portas do Sol Garden, Nossa Senhora da Graça Church, Convent of São Francisco, Santarém Municipal Market
Some activities: Walking tours, Wine tasting, Horse ride
Typical: Pampilhos, Allis shad with Açorda, Bunho handicraft
Placed in the heart of the Ribatejo, Santarém lies on the right side of the Tagus River surrounded by the extensive plains of the Ribatejo fertile wetland, known as "Lezíria do Ribatejo". Unlike the typical Alentejo landscapes, the district of Santarém is formed by vast green plains that extend along the horizon, interrupted only by the fertile valley of the river Tagus, a region known for agriculture, livestock and bullfighting art.
The city of Santarém, of very ancient foundation, has a valuable geostrategic situation that along with other reasons such as the mild climate and fertile lands, have made the place very coveted by several peoples. Traces prove that it was populated by Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians, having been dominated by the Moors in 715 and reconquered in 1147 by D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. It was for many years and several times residence of the kings of Portugal, stage of countless kingdom's courts and one of the most important cities of medieval Portugal, as demonstrated by its numerous monasteries and the remains of the royal palace on which the cathedral was built. Santarém was also the birthplace of Pedro Álvares Cabral, now buried in the Church of Nossa Senhora da Graça, the great Portuguese navigator who first landed in Vera Cruz Land in 1500, the first name given to Brazil. From the Portas do Sol Garden, considered the living room of the city of Santarém, we can admire the river Tagus and all the beauty of the Lezíria with prosperous agricultural lands closely linked to the typical figure of the campino (people of Ribatejo that works in the fields), the bull and the horse. The city, which dominates the vast plains of the Ribatejo, is considered for its imposing and glorious artistic past the "capital of the Portuguese Gothic". In its cobblestone streets and alleys arranged in medieval patterns, the visitor is attracted in every corner by temples built between the XIII and XV centuries, with undeniable patrimonial value and with dazzling stories to reveal.
Come and visit a city where traditions and beliefs intersect with modernity. Be amazed by the beautiful landscapes and by the rich typical gastronomy, and enjoy the important historical-cultural heritage that Santarém has to offer you.