Rio Maior Travel Guide

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Rio Maior Things to Do

  • Garden

    Fifty years ago, Rio Maior was, for me, a garden surrounded by houses, with a small sporting field, where I went to play Hoquei on wheels or handball.Nowadays the field is gone replaced by modern pavilions, and the garden won an also modern church, but it is still there, respected by the city's development.Good!

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  • Modern church

    I remember the old small and nice church of Rio Maior and entered for the first time in the new one. Wide, modern lines, the best of it is the access - easy to reach and... park.

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  • Oh My God!

    Oh my God!I was not proud of our "Cruzeiro" in Turquel, remembering the nationalist purposes of its construction, during dictatorship (and at its service). Anyway, I accepted that it was a distinguishable element, bad or good, inevitably part of our history.And now, I find in Rio Maior... a twin. In location, I couldn't find any difference. Back...

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  • Natural Park

    When entering the natural park of "Serra de Aire e Candeeiros" you may be hit by the strange landscape, where eolic generators dispute the domain of antennas and tourist adaptations. It's a wrong idea, and the park still has some wild areas. It's especially impressive the descent from Casais Monizes to Alcobertas. The road is surprisingly straight,...

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  • Salinas

    More than 200 meters above sea level, in a large valley in the southern end of the Natural Park of Aire and Candeeiros, a very salty spring is an odd event, that becomes the most distinguished reference of Rio Maior. Locals trade salt (and anything else tourists decide to buy), in a line of wooden cabins, to resist to the salt.

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  • Old quarter

    There is really nothing astonishing in Rio Maior but the old centre of town still has some personality, with old churches and mansions recently recovered.

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Rio Maior Restaurants

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    Rio Maior - Portugal

    by solopes Updated Mar 9, 2013

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    Sometimes, in this restaurant, you have an experience to remember. Next, another one to forget.

    I never met a restaurant with such an unbalanced service, but ups are high, and downs only regular, so you may take a chance, expecting to coincide with one of the positive days.

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    • National/State Park

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Rio Maior Off The Beaten Path

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    Alcobertas - Portugal

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    About 10 km distant from town, the village of Alcobertas has a strange presence of a "cyst" by the church. It's a prehistoric dolmen with a silly top: a modern roof.

    I don't like the idea, but it is funny to see.

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    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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