Torres Vedras Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes
  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes
  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes

Torres Vedras Things to Do

  • Windmills

    Near Torres Vedras I've seen dozens of windmills. The region has numerous small hills and it seems all these small hills have a windmill on top.The particular windmill on the picture is located 1Km from Torres Vedras near the entrance to the A8 highway and its not difficult to find it.

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  • Castro do Zambujal

    Not far from the city lies these remains of a Bronze Age settlement. The place looked somehow abandoned and neglected. There was a house near the settlement whose condition looked like the same...

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  • Termas (Spa) dos Cucos

    The Spa of Cucos is nestled in the valley of Cucos, surrounded by small wooded hills covered in undergrowth and vinyards.It's known by the treatments with hot mud.

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  • Aqueduct

    This aqueduct, dating back from the 16th century, is distributed for more than 2Km. It suffered several alterations, especially during the 18th century.

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  • Forte de S. Vicente

    This fortress located on top of the highest hill near Torres Vedras was an important fortification, along with the medieval Castle, for the so called Lines of Torres Vedras.Its location was priviliged because it could defend the main road from Coimbra to Lisbon.During those war times the fortress had 2200 soldiers, 39 artillery cannons and a...

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  • Monument dedicated to the...

    This obelisk with 20 meters height is the contribution of the city of Torres Vedras for the campaigns of the portuguese and british armies during the Peninsular Wars that occured from 1808 to 1814, and were decisive for the broke down of the french domination of continental Europe

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  • Lines of Torres Vedras

    Graça Monastery houses the Municipal Museum Leonel Trindade which consists of two rooms.One of the rooms is dedicated to the Lines of Torres Vedras. These Lines were constructed to defend Lisbon from the French Army, and formed an extensive covering zone, protected by two strong lines of advanced defence to make the capital unreachable, except by...

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  • Municipal Museum Leonel Trindade

    On the other room a numerous collection of artifacts, many of them found in the region, are organized in a way that can give the visitor a brief idea of the evolution of Man from pre-historic times til Roman times.

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  • Painted Tiles (Convento da Graça)

    These original 18th century painted tiles completely surround the cloister of the beautiful monastery of Graça.

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  • Convento da Graça

    The convent was founded in the 16th century. In it's cloister we can find beautiful painted tiles from the 18th century.The old convent houses today the Municipal Museum of Leonel Trindade

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  • Igreja da Graça

    Dating back from the 16th century this baroque church houses the tomb of São Gonçalo.Inside and outside the church, as well in the annexed convent we can find beautiful 18th century portuguese painted tiles.

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  • Manuelin Portal (Church of St. Peter)

    The church entrance is a manuelin portal with renaissance-influenced decoration. On top its visible the coat-of-arms of King D. João III and D. Catarina of Austria.The wooden door is dated from 1712.

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  • Igreja de S. Pedro (Church of St. Peter)

    There are proofs that this church already existed during the reign of D. Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal.It was rebuilt during the 16th century.

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  • Passo da Corredoura

    In here there was one of the doors of the old walls that surrounded the old town. Today this is only one of the 5 stops of the procession of Passos

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  • Chafariz dos Canos

    Inside the city's historical center, this is the most characterist construction of Torres Vedras. This ornate public drinking fountain dates back from the 14th century.

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    Torres Vedras, Portugal

    by bambino36 Written Oct 16, 2004

    Favorite thing: Despite the widespread evidence of human settlement stretching back almost to the beginning of times, the history of Torres Vedras really began when King D. Afonso Henriques drove out the moors during the 12th century. His mark was left in the various relics and treasures found in the area.
    The city was also the stage of many historical scenes. D. João I met with his council here in 1413 to plan the expedition to Ceuta (the start of the Portuguese maritime expansion). But bigger events were yet to come. It was near here that Napoleon's army was defeated in the battles of Roliça and Vimeiro, mostly because of the strategic lines of defence, known as the Lines of Torres Vedras

    Fondest memory: The Museum's room dedicated to the Lines of Torres Vedras is absolutely fantastic.

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