Alcanena is a village of Santarém district, in the heart of the Ribatejo. The town has approximately 15 000 inhabitants spread over ten parishes. Most of the territory is part of Serra de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park, with natural landscapes, interesting caves and subterranean water courses. The first marks of human activity can be proved by Lapas da Galinha and Lapas da Marmota Neolithic traces, cavities near the headwaters of the river Alviela. As the name suggests, the origin of the village dates back to the Arab occupation. The county has only been created in 1914, after a detaching of the Torres Novas and Santarém parishes. The local gastronomy has Ribatejo and Serrana roots, like the cachola (dish made with blood and liver, among other ingredients), blood sausage, baits and sausages. In terms of pastries: almond cake, coscorões (fried sweets), cornbread and bolos podres (cake made with honey and cinnamon). In the handicrafts leather products, the famous Minde blankets, rag dolls and varied club-rush works are common.
What to do in Alcanena
Complexo das Nascentes do Alviela
This complex comprises the Centro Ciência Viva do Alviela (Alviela's Live Science Centre), the camping, the river beach and a pedestrian trail with informations.
Polje de Minde
This phenomenon, rare in Portugal, is to be found at the Natural Park of the Aires and Candeeiros Mountains. In this depression, named Minde Lagoon, the lake is bigger in the winter, due to the underground galleries that flood with …
Centro Ciência Viva do Alviela
The Centro Ciência Viva do Alviela – Karstscope is an area of science and technology, dissemination through 3 interactive exhibition halls, makes known the origins of the Limestone Massif Extremaduran language and its geological evolution over 175 million years ago, …
Percurso Pedestre Interpretativo
A walk by the Amiais Brook that flows to the Alviela river. Along the way, enjoy the vegetation and the rare rocks.
Praia Fluvial dos Olhos d' Água
River Beach bathed by river Alviela and with some infrastructures: playground, picnic Park, playground, maintenance circuit, among others. You will find here the center of interpretation of the springs of Alviela.
Where to eat in Alcanena
Restaurant belonging to the Hotel Eurosol Alcanena. Spacious and very pleasant with large glass wal…
Friendly and cosy space, located on the ground floor of a Villa, serving good regional Portuguese d…
Friendly and welcoming space serving varied pizzas, other Italian dishes and even some traditional …
Where to sleep in Alcanena
Localizado no Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros, em Minde, esta casa típica reconstruída dispõe de 6 quartos acolhedores e de uma piscina.
Modern and pleasant space to offer 36 comfortable and well-equipped rooms, including two suites. It also has eight meeting rooms, a restaurant, a sauna, a gym …
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