Alenquer is the third largest municipality of Lisbon's district, being framed by the Serra de Montejunto, in the North, and by Monte Redondo and Serra da Ota hill tops in the South. Its name comes from "Alen Ker", meaning "the willingness of Alão", referring to the alano dog, a breed of hunting and combat dogs, which is still present in the village's coat of arms. Its privileged location was coveted by invaders since ancient times, being discovered not only archaeological remains, but also legends and varied traditions. We can, for example, find some fossils of prehistoric animals between Carregado and Cadafais. The castle of the village also tells us a little of the history of the village: built by the Alans, it was refurbished by the Arabs and later rebuilt by Dom Afonso Henriques. It received the town charter in 1212 by the hand of infanta Dona Sancha, daughter of Dom Sancho I. One of the illustrious sons of the land is Damião de Góis, a Portuguese historian that deeply marked the Renaissance in Portugal. His tomb, classified as a national monument, can be visited in Igreja de São Pedro chapel, in Alenquer. To accompany its famous wines, in Alenquer you can find culinary delights, such as the bacalhau à Adega, the sarrabulho (kind of pork stew), the broa de mel (honey cornbread) and the argolas (fried sweets made with anise).
What to do in Alenquer
Convento de São Francisco
First convent founded in Portugal, in 1222 by order of Doña Sancha, daughter of Dom Sancho I, although deeply damaged by the earthquake of 1755, there remain some elements of earlier times. In the 16th-century cloister, the Manueline portal, very ornate, which gives access to the Chapter House.
Castelo de Alenquer
Castle of rectangular plant, with two angles formed by towers. Was built by Dom Dinis in the 13th century. In one of the entrance doors is the Royal Crown and coat of Dom Manuel. Currently, only cloths of wall, some of whom integrated into buildings, the Door of the conception and the Tower of the Cuirass.
Museu Municipal Hipólito Cabaço
A space with a permanent archaeology and history exhibition (from the paleolithic to the Middle Ages), gathered by the archaeologist Hipólito Cabaço (1885 - 1970). It includes around 15000 objects and opened in 1975.
Quinta do Covanco
Quinta do Covanco, Fifth Centenary of the historic County of Alenquer, is characterized by a rural architectural style, derived from agricultural activities carried out in the past, in particular the cultivation of the vine. In the West, a region of …
Mata do Areal
Wide woods with a fitness circuit with two different trails and several fitness equipments, as well as a pleasant picnic area. There are several tables and benches for picnics in a rather shady area.
Go-kart track with 815 meters perimeter and seven meters wide, in site designer for Campera Outlet Shopping. There is also a children's floor with electric cars.
Paisagem Protegida da Serra de Montejunto
This space was classed an Area of Protected Landscape in 1999 and entered the Natura Network in 2000. It is fifteen kilometres long and seven kilometres wide, with ladscapes of great natural beauty, as well as several species of plants …
Túmulo de Damião de Góis
The sepulchral monument where jaz Damião de GOIs, a Portuguese historian who distinguished himself in the Renaissance in Portugal, located in the chapel on the side of the Epistle of the Church of St. Peter. Of sober lines, stands a …
Where to eat in Alenquer
A restaurant located in the building of an old farm house, with a pleasant, welcoming dining room. …
Num edifício centenário de Alenquer, com vista para o rio, a decoração é de um jovem de 30 anos, qu…
A typical tavern that serves traditional Portuguese dishes. It has a pleasant atmosphere and a frie…
A large, pleasant restaurant that serves Portuguese dishes. Its specialities are the fish soup and …
Where to sleep in Alenquer
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