Alpiarça is a Ribatejo municipality of Santarém's district and has only one parish with headquarters in the village of Alpiarça. Its geographic situation, on the left bank of the Tagus, favored human occupation since the Lower Paleolithic up to the Roman period. Some milestones found in the region attest to the Roman presence in Alpiarça. Until 1836 it was part of the municipality of Santarém and, subsequently, of Almeirim. In 1906, Alpiarça municipality was elevated to the condition of town and became the county head. The main point of interest is the Casa Museu dos Patudos (Patudos House-Museum), a space in honour of José de Mascarenhas Relvas (1858-1929), a politician, man of letters, musician and collector of art, among other interests that made him create this space of great richness and beauty. It presents a collection of heterogeneous art: paintings, furniture, faience, porcelain, tapestries and bronzes. In terms of gastronomy, the special emphasis goes to the Carneiro à Moda de Alpiarça (Alpiarça style mutton dish) and the Miga Fervida (dish made with leftover bread). The typical sweets are the Broas de Alpiarça (kind of sweets with anise), the Quadradinhos de Alpiarça (kind of sweets made with eggs, cinnamon and lemon) and Pão-de-ló de Alpiarça (kind of sponge cake).
Where to eat in Alpiarça
Simple restaurant, decorated modestly, with a variety of dishes from traditional Portuguese cuisine.
O restaurante Os Arcos, em Alpiarça, é uma casa moderna, decorada com gosto, com uma enorme esplana…
This welcoming space stands where theere used to be an old cellar. Kind service and a menu with qui…
O restaurante da Reserva do Cavalo do Sorraia, em Alpiarça, fica integrado na Quinta dos Patudos, e…
What to do in Alpiarça
Casa Museu dos Patudos
Espaço pertencente a José de Mascarenhas Relvas, homem das letras, músico, musicólogo e colecionador de arte, entre outros interesses que fizeram com que criasse este espaço de grande riqueza e beleza. Apresenta uma coleção de arte heterogénea: pintura, mobiliário, faianças, porcelanas, tapeçaria e bronzes.
Reserva Natural do Cavalo do Sorraia
A wide natural reservation whose main attraction are the horses of the Sorraia breed. There are several lakes with aquatic birds, woods, gardening centre and falconry.
Where to sleep in Alpiarça
Guesthouse with simple rooms well presented, ideal for spending a night at affordable prices. In the restaurant you can art pieces made by the Chef, who is als…
Typical house located in Ribatejo Alpiarça, associated with agriculture and the creation of race horses, has an arena that provides great tours by 100 acres of…
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