HOME VILLA LOCATION PLACES TO VISIT HORSE RIDING WATER SPORTS GOLF BOOKING/CONTACT

~ PLACES TO VISIT ~

OBIDOS.

The beautiful walled medieval town of Obidos is about a 30 minute drive north from the villa. The town is the perfect sight-seeing venue with its castle, ramparts, winding streets and quality gift shops. There are a number of restaurants and bars that stay open late to accomodate the visitors to the town's many festivals and cultural events. At Christmas the castle walls are decorated with coloured lights, there are stalls selling gifts and the winter favourite - roasted chestnuts. There is usually an ice rink within the castle walls.

Obidos is also famous for its Cherry liquor, Ginja, which is served in small chocolate cups.

At the end of August there is a medieval fayre and the town is filled with artisans, musicians, food stalls, theatre, and all manner of 'medieval' attractions such as jousting, acrobats and mummers.

The town hosts a chocolate festival in March and throughout the year many different cultural events take place either within the castle grounds or in local churches.

(Above photo from Wikipedia's ~ 'Portuguese_eyes'photos.)



BATALHA

The town of Batalha is dominated by the impressive 14th-15th century monastery (Mosteiro Santa Maria da Vitoria) around which are many little shops, restaurants and cafes.


ALCOBACA

The 12th century monastery at Alcobaca is one of several UNESCO World Heritage sites in this area of Portugal.

The town hosts a music festival in May each year.


SANTAREM

The town of Santerem sits high above the Tagus river and is less than an hour's drive from the villa. On a clear day the views from the castle walls across the river are very impressive. The town has plenty of shops (of special note are the local cakes and biscuits!).

The Cabašas Tower (Torre das Cabašas), which is a defensive tower of the medieval city wall, houses the Time Museum with an exhibition about the measurement of time through the ages.


SINTRA


MAFRA

Mafra lies about an hour's car journey south of the villa and has yet another spectacular building - this time an 18th century baroque palace (and monastery). Mafra's old royal hunting reserve is now a game Park (Tapada Nacional de Mafra). The park also contains a Wolf sanctuary which can be visited at weekends.


LISBON