Benavente is located in the district of Santarém, on the south bank of the Tagus river, more precisely in the Lezíria Ribatejana, and is crossed by the rio Sorraia. The Watchtower of Belmonte, a medieval fortification, and the Roman pottery of Garrocheira, which, according to traces found of pottery, seem to date back to the III and IV centuries AD, are two examples of the region's occupation in ancient times. Visit the building of the municipality of Benavente, dating back to 1875, the Igreja da Misericórdia de Benavente, the convent of Jenicó, the Agricultural Museum and the Municipal Museum of Benavente, housed in a 18th century palace. Discover the Igreja Matriz de Samora Correia (mother church), the chapel of São Brás, the Herdade de Pancas, the Igreja da Misericórdia in Samora Correia, the Quinta da Murteira and the Palace of the Infantado. Enjoy the Riverside Park of Benavente, allowing pleasant walks or bicycle rides along the banks of the rio Sorraia, as well as the Riverside Park of Samora Correia, a location with extensive green areas, also very nice for walks. In Benavente gastronomy the eels stew, the açorda de sável (dish made with fish and leftover bread), the migas (bread dish) mixed with cod or spare ribs, cozido bravo à ribatejana (kind of meat stew) and the torricado (kind of garlic bread) stand out. When speaking about the sweets, it is important to highlight the bolo podre (cake made with Port Wine, chestnuts and cinnamon) and arroz doce (rice pudding). In Benavente, the crafts are inspired by the crop, the bull and the campinos ("cowboys"): pinecone socks, the miniatures in wood, the gulosas and esteirinhas, the stuffed banks and silk horse currents. In this region the start of the bulls and the bullfighting are traditions that are preserved up to our days.
Where to eat in Benavente
What to do in Benavente
Parque Ribeirinho de Benavente
An excellent space for leisure and entertainment. It has wide green areas where one can take long strolls and ride a bicycle along the Sorraia river's banks. It has direct connection to the Quay of Vala Nova and to a Sports Pavilion by a bridge.
Palácio do Infantado
Located in the historical core of Samora Correia, is one of the most outstanding buildings of the village. Also known as Palácio da Lezírias company, saw its interior destroyed in a violent fire in 1976. Despite this, he remained as a reference book and is currently a cultural space that holds the library, an auditorium and exhibition galleries.
Parque Ribeirinho de Samora Correia
A wide green area, fit for walks along the river banks. It has a playground, a garden and a bar with a terrace.
Museu Municipal de Benavente
This museum represents the traditional trades, such as the shoe maker, the barber, the carpenter and others. It also exhibits agricultural objects, domestic utensils, clothes, embroideeries, photographs, furniture, baskets, toys and ceramics.
Igreja da Misericórdia de Samora Correia
The building of the Church preserves, abroad, their primitive trait because it was subject to a remodel in the 18th century. Saved, however, the tiles inside and the choir stalls of the brothers of the Holy Spirit and the Altarpiece, …
Where to sleep in Benavente
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