Santarém Travel Guide

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Santarém Things to Do

  • Piedade church

    Located in Sa da Bandeira square, this church was built in 1664 by king Afonso VI's orders, to celebrate the victory in Ameixial battle.In the so called Portuguese Gothic capital, this is a mannerist church, decorated with marble inlaid and a few paintings.

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  • Sá da Bandeira

    The most beautiful square in Santarém is Sá da Bandeira square. Surrounded by classical buildings and churches, the square, closed to traffic, shows in its centre the general's statue, maybe the most remarkable in town.Born in Santarém in 1795, Sá da Bandeira was a very active and important politician in the revolutionary 19th century, whose name...

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  • Garden

    For a long time a large avenue, the central area of town became a modern garden, pushing the cars to one side. Not too dense, nor inviting to rest, it has some modern sculptures and fountains, covering a subterranean park. I don't know how much did it cost, but as usually in these things, I may guess that it was much more than the amount that the...

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  • Prison

    If you visit Santarém you will end asking yourself what will it be a big cupola seen from almost everywhere in town. If you try to approach, it will disappear behind large walls. That's it. It is a military prison.Built in 1890, I read that it is the most beautiful iron building in Santarém, but... how to visit it?No... I mean how to enter... and...

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  • City Market

    If you ask me what is my first and stronger image of Santarém, I would not hesitate to answer - the market. I always loved it - 60 years ago because my parents used to buy me there a cake with the shape (and size) of a pigeon, that I couldn't find anywhere else. Now, because it evidences the spirit of town - dynamism and modernity, but with a...

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  • City Hall

    City Hall occupies since 1954 a palace called "Eugénio Silva" one of the owners in the 19th century, however the palace was built in the 17th for Meneses family.It is a sober and nice construction, with two beautiful halls. The garden and the facing square were recently embellished.

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  • Santa Clara Convent

    Close to St Francis church, there's another Gothic temple, from the same period, this one once occupied by the nuns. Though in much better condition than St Francis, this church suffered many transformations, showing today only a few original details.

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  • S. Francisco convent

    This monument is one of the best examples of Portuguese "Mendicante" Gothic, which means the style used by the monks of St Francis in the middle age.Severely damaged it is being restored, and though the works are slow, it is already possible to see some interesting details.

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  • "Largo Candido dos Reis"

    Modern Santarém is well integrated with the historic centre. Life flows around a large ax, topped by this square where monuments and new architecture combine well.

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  • Christ's church

    Many names for a single church -"Convento de Nossa Senhora de Jesus do Sítio", "Igreja do Hospital" or "Igreja de Cristo" mean the same - a convent from the final of the 17Th century, located in the centre of the city, near southern entrance. The convent holds now a school, but the church is a national monument, and annexed to it there's St Francis...

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  • Portas do Sol

    An old Moorish castle, overlooking the river, is one of the best spots of Santarém. Still keeping the medieval walls, the sights over the marshy banks of Tejo extend past Almeirim and Alpiarça. A very nice and calm visit, in the centre of town, surrounded by gardens and the historic area.

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  • Marvila church

    This Gothic church, in the centre of the city, was restored in the 16th century by king Manuel I, which justifies some Manueline elements. It also has some beautiful tiles from the 17th century.

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  • S João de Alporão church

    This church, in the old city, was built in the 13th century, and it shows the transition from Romanic to Gothic styles.

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  • "Torre das cabaças"

    This square tower, about 26 meters high was built in the 15th century and got its name from eigth pieces of clay with the shape of a calabash, used to amplify the bell's sound. It is located in the historic centre, close to Marvila church.

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  • City centre

    Once called the Portuguese Gothic capital, decadence vanished most signs of that time. Decadence is a word that hurts the conscience of several generations in Santarém. However, the centre of the city still keeps a few traces of the old days, and recent recuperation works saved enough to turn a stroll in the small old city an interesting pleasure.

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  • Graça church

    One of the best examples of Portuguese Gothic, this church from the 14Th century is particularly famous for its rose window. Made from a single stone, it was carved as lace, with a fabulous result. Inside is buried Pedro Alvares Cabral, who discovered Brazil.

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  • Seminario church

    In 1647, king João IV donated the former Royal Palace to the Jesuits in exchange for the construction of a church. With a mannerist facade it has a Baroque interior, with marble altars, tiles and painted ceilings. The facing square is the main "living room" of the city, receiving most of the popular meetings and events in town.

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  • Misericordia church

    Built in the 16Th century, this church in late Renaissance style suffered a few modifications, mainly in the facade, damaged by Lisbon's earthquake. Rebuilt in Baroque style, this facade already includes a few Rococo elements.Centrally located in the old town, it's easy to visit this church.

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  • Alcaçova

    Located in Portas do Sol area, this is one of the oldest churches in Portugal, built in the 12Th century immediately after its conquest by the Portuguese from the moors. However, its actual look is mainly the result of recuperation works in the 18Th century.

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  • Bullfight

    Santarém is the joyfull capital of bullfights, and everything concerning bulls is important in local culture and traditions. I'm not a bullfight lover, but I saw one ( and just one) exactly at... Santarém, of course. Even for those who don't like the "corrida", the visit to the fields where the bulls are created in freedom, the contact with the...

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  • Santa Clara Church

    The construction of Santa Clara Church started in the year of 1259. This is what's left over the large Claristas' Monastery.Santa Clara Church is considered national monument.

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Santarém Hotels

  • Santarem Hotel

    Av. Madre Andaluz, Santarem, 2000-210, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Do Prado

    Auto-Estrada A1 (Lisboa/Porto), Area De Servico BP, Santarem, 2000, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Alfageme

    Av. Bernardo Santareno 38, Santarem, 2005177, Portugal

    Good for: Families

Santarém Restaurants

  • Not so fast food

    I don't like eating in malls, because everything gives me the sensation of industrialization, where centuries of civilization are despised in named of business and quick feeding. I accept a sandwich in a picnic, a stop in a trip, a meal squeezed in a tight scheduling, or in the absence of an alternative. I don't like to see dozens (or hundreds) of...

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  • Almost hidden

    When I like a restaurant I generally prefer to repeat the good experiences, instead of risking anywhere else. That's what generally happens in Santarém, but, this time, I was rushy, and decided to try a restaurant somewhat hidden in a residential area west of town. I didn't repent because the simple restaurant served us quickly, decent food, at a...

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  • Food

    Nothing to complaint, nothing to remember. I needed to have a quick lunch... and I did, without the poisoning fast-food. The food was seriously made but with a... industrial sensation. The price was regular.Located at the north entrance of town, not touristy, nor residential, nor even hardly industrialized, I couldn't understand the target of this...

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Santarém Shopping

  • Central shopping

    After some years just passing by, the recent need to visit frequently Santarém with Fernanda, forced... the inevitable - this shopping is now almost mandatory in all visits. What can I say? It is a shopping, it sells... things, like all the other, it is centrally located and allows parking cheaper than the adjacent public parking.

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  • Everything

    A couple of kilometers out of the city, near the exhibition campground of CNEMA, this large complex puts together several big stores, selling almost everything, for kids, house and do-it-yourself. Each time I go there I find a new vacante shop. Till when?

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  • Santarém Hotels

    4 Hotels in Santarém

Santarém Local Customs

  • Agriculture

    Santarém is one of the most distinguishable cities of Portugal dealing with agriculture. The National Fair, the high school, and the cultural connections to the traditional activities are signs of the way that Santarém lives with nature.However, I was not expecting to find, in a gardened area in the centre of the city, the wonderful image of a tree...

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  • "Queima das Fitas"

    Santarém is not an university city, meaning that it has no tradition in that level of teaching, except in agriculture. However, after the revolution of 1974 a Polytechnical Institute was created in the city, and a few more hundred students started to live there, bringing to the day life the common academic traditions.Aware of its rich traditions,...

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  • "Forcados"

    The most Portuguese moment in a bullfight is when eight men (forcados) try to immobilize the bull only by arms' force.The top of emotion in the show is when one of them faces and challenges the bull, with the other seven lined behind him not to distract the animal.More than a bravado, being a forcado is a social distinction, with a cultural...

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Santarém Off The Beaten Path

  • Train station complex

    The train station, located in a small village called Ribeira de Santarém, two or three kilometers out of town, is a beautiful building from 1927, recently classified as a public monument.In 1979 a secondary building ("Cocheira de carruagens") was transformed in a museum, displaying several engines, documents and crafts connected to the railroad...

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  • Roundabouts

    With the recent trend in all autarkies to build roundabouts wherever they can, Santarém couldn't stay out of it. The common decoration goes from a wild garden, you they may spend money to a fountain or statue if they may spend much more money.In Santarém the trend is... statues, some of them nice, and, for sure, meaning something that nobody cares...

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  • Slopes

    Santarém stands atop a steep hill. the western incline has been softened with construction, with the city unfolding and growing in that direction. The eastern side, facing the river, maintains its abrupt look, with traditional houses and gardened areas filling the slopes. The descent to the river follows a narrow valley, covered by many high and...

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Santarém Favorites

  • Liberty

    Once upon a time I had a friend who was a captain. One day, that captain led his soldiers from Santarém to Lisbon, and became the national hero of April 25th revolution.I was in the war, in Angola, and only could embrace Salgueiro Maia, several months later, a few years before his premature death.The statue in front of the abandoned military...

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  • Flooding

    Flooding of river Tejo is common, even desired by the population for what it means in fertility. Everybody is used to it, and the calm shown while they take the needed measures to protect their belongings is remarkable. Some incidents may occur, but in Santarém area they are uncommon.

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  • Convent of Saint Francis

    Beautifully restored by the City Hall it is open again for visitors.http://www.ribatejo.com/ecos/santarem/stfrancisco.html

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