Located on the south bank of the Tagus river estuary, in the district of Setúbal, the municipality of Barreiro is part of the metropolitan area of Lisbon. The origin of the name Barreiro comes from old fishermen that exercised their craft in the Lisbons' bar waters and were therefore known by the name of Barreiros. The county takes on a strategic position of great prominence, since, while bathed in the river Tejo and supported by transportation terminals - highway, railway, and river, it allows the displacement of goods and people, whereas these people in fact travel daily to the capital to work or to study. The first references to the locality of Barreiro date back to 1322. The fishing activity, the salicultura (salt production), the grind, the agricultural activity and the forestry were once the main source of the population's income. In 1907, with the advent of chemical industries, a major change occurred in the traditional profile of the county, thus providing it with a strong economic and social development. The chemical, metallurgical and textile production was accompanied by the construction of a workers quarter at Alto de Santa Barbara. The railroad quarter was inaugurated in 1935 and, at the end of the 50s', the Bairro Novo da CUF was built. In 1984 Barreiro is officially considered a city. With an extensive riverfront, which has a strong potential for the development of activities related to tourism and leisure, Barreiro intends to guide its economic strategy in this direction. However, on the municipality' identity, are always present the marks left by the factories belonging to Companhia União Fabril (CUF), both because of the testimony of those who were there and also because of the presence of monuments and museums which date back to that time. Barreiro will forever be associated with the figure of Alfredo da Silva, founder of an empire of emblematic companies such as Companhia União Fabril (CUF).
What to do in Barreiro
Casa Museu Alfredo da Silva
A building of 1907, where Alfredo da Silva lived when he came to Barreiro. Rather large luxury house with large pieces of furniture in wood. The space is perfectly preserved and one should note the many personal objects, such as …
Museu do Fuzileiro
A military museum located in the headquarters of the Zebro Valley, more precisely in an old recovered cookies factory. Asid from the exhibition of military objects, there is a small room that has dolls with clothes of all the armies …
Reservas Museológicas Visitáveis
It has a pemanent exhibition: " an identity's pathway" where places and some of the history of the Barreiro parish are pictured. One can view, among others, an 18th century tile panel with the image of Our Lady of Rosary …
A large space with a rustic decor where typical dishes are served. Good wine list. It has a room for weddings, baptisms and reunions and the possibility of live music if previously requested.
Bairro Operário da C.U.F.
In the beginning of the 20th century, most precisely in 1907, Afredo da Silva buys a plot of ground from the Bensaúde family in the Lezíria, between the North Beach in Barreiro and the Moinhos Beach in Lavradio, and there …
Passeio Ribeirinho Augusto Cabrita
An esplanade by the Tejo river, with views of Lisbon, the 25 de Abril bridge and the Vasco da Gama bridge. A wide pedestrian walk with plenty of trees and garden areas.
Mata Nacional da Machada
A wide natural area, ideal for strolls among the vast pinewoods with picnic areas and a maintenanc circuit. Fit for open air activities and for being in touch with nature.For centuries, the wood that came out of these pinewoods were …
Parque da Cidade do Barreiro
A park with 14 há, with lawns and plenty of trees. It has a lake and a brook, two cafes and an area for radical sports woth halfpipe and climbable wall. It also has a tennis club with four courts, …
Convento da Madre de Deus da Verderena
The construction of this convent started in the 15th century and was founded by Dona Francisca de Azambuja, a descendant of one of the most ilustrious families in Barreiro. Its architecture is simple and austere. It went through several works, …
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graça de Palhais
A temple built by the citizens of Palhais at the end of the 15th century. It has a rectangular plan and two funerary chapels of the 1500s. The main part of the building is covered by 16th century tiles. Only …
Moinhos de Vento de Alburrica
Three old deactivated and well-maintained windmills found on the river beach of Alburrica. The group consists of the Giant Windmill, Windmills of Spring (both built in 1852 by José Pedro da Costa) and the Windmill Poente built in the same …
Where to eat in Barreiro
African, Portuguese, Vegetarian
A Tasca da Galega, no Barreiro, é um espaço pequeno e muito animado, decorado com simplicidade e co…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A traditional restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere and a rustic decor and regional dishes on the m…
A space that specializes in hamburgers, with a fast service and low prices. From Sunday to Thursday…
A typical house with a hovel and many rustic objects. It has a friendly service and a rather wide m…
A familiar restaurant with two rooms, one of which for celebrations. It has a fine service and regi…
A friendly restaurant with brick walls and a large wooden counter. It has a small terrrace and serv…
A large space with a rustic decor where typical dishes are served. Good wine list. It has a room fo…
Restaurant consists of a large living room, serve the ordinaries good prices.
A large restaurant that serves traditional dishes, with a special note to live coal grilled dishes.…
Where to sleep in Barreiro
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