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.
Best Of Alcanena
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.
Located in a small village near Alcanena, this restaurant has large, well decorated salons and features traditional Portuguese dishes and Ribatejo dishes, as well as a high quality preparation and service. Excellent wine list.
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, ...
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição / Matriz de Louriceira
Church dating from the 17TH century, with frontage on gable peas gauge 1500s. The single ship interior and is partially covered with ashlars of 18th century tiles.
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 ...
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.
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.