Located on a plateau overlooking the Tagus River, this ancient city boasts stunning views and a wealth of cultural attractions, making it a must-visit gem in Portugal's Ribatejo region. Read more

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Known as the "Capital of the Portuguese Gothic," Santarém is a city of remarkable historical richness and architectural splendor. Santarém has its roots deeply embedded in Portugal's rich tapestry of history. Founded by the Romans and later conquered by the Moors, the city's past is a fascinating blend of cultural influences. Its prominence as a medieval center is evident in its many churches, castles, and fortifications built in the characteristic Manueline and Gothic architectural styles.
The city is not just a paradise for history buffs; it's also a destination that captivates the senses. From its elevated position, Santarém offers dramatic vistas over the winding Tagus River and the fertile plains that have made this region the "Breadbasket of Portugal." Agriculture is a significant aspect of life here, and you can experience the richness of the local produce, especially the region's famed wines and olives, at local markets and eateries.
Cultural events like the National Gastronomy Festival in October and the annual Scalabis Night Race keep the city buzzing with activity. Additionally, Santarém is a gateway to explore the nearby natural reserves and picturesque villages that dot the Ribatejo landscape.

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Igreja de São João de Alporão

This 12th-century church is a fine example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture and now houses a museum of sacred art.

Jardim das Portas do Sol

A beautiful park offering panoramic views of the Tagus River and the surrounding plains.

Santarém Cathedral (Sé Catedral)

Built in the 17th century, the cathedral is an architectural marvel that blends multiple styles including Gothic and Manueline.

Taberna Ó Balcão

A renowned eatery offering local Ribatejan cuisine—a gastronomic experience not to be missed.

Teatro Sá da Bandeira

The city's principal theatre, hosting a range of cultural events from plays to concerts.

Casa do Brasil

Originally a palace, it's now a museum exhibiting the connections between Brazil and Portugal.

Feira Nacional de Agricultura

An annual agricultural fair showcasing the region’s produce and farming techniques.

Torre das Cabaças

Also known as the Clock Tower, this historic building features an exhibition on timekeeping and offers panoramic views of the city.

Convento de São Francisco

A 13th-century Franciscan monastery known for its Gothic architecture and important role in local history.

Ribeira de Santarém

The old district by the Tagus River, offering a scenic stroll and historical points of interest.

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In and around Santarem

Santarém (1.36 km)

Santarém is a city and municipality located in the district of Santarém in Portugal. The population in 2021 was 58 671,in an area of 552.54 km2. The population of the city proper was 29,929 in 2012.

Rio Maior (23.21 km)

Nestled in the Santarém District of Portugal, Rio Maior is a hidden gem where tradition and nature coalesce. Known for its fascinating salt pans, lush landscapes, and rich cultural history, this small town offers an authentic Portuguese experience.

Salvaterra de Magos (24.72 km)

Salvaterra de Magos, nestled along the banks of the Tagus River in Portugal, is a charming town steeped in history and natural beauty. Famous for its equestrian culture, fertile landscapes, and idyllic riverside setting.

Torres Novas (26.88 km)

Nestled in the heart of Portugal's Ribatejo region, Torres Novas serves as a portal to the country's rich history and natural wonders. Here, the past and present intersect in a harmonious blend of medieval charm and modern comfort.

Óbidos (40.86 km)

Óbidos is a town and a municipality in the Oeste region, historical province of Estremadura, and the Leiria district. The town proper has approximately 3100 inhabitants. The municipality population in 2011 was 11,772, in an area of 141.55 square kilomet

Caldas Da Rainha (41.67 km)

Dive into Caldas da Rainha, a city of thermal waters, art, and history, cradled within Portugal's Silver Coast. Renowned for its therapeutic springs and vibrant ceramics, this cultural haven offers a blend of relaxation and inspiration.

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