Lourinhã is a municipality with 11 parishes, located in Oeste region at about 60 kilometers distance from Lisbon. The economy is primarily based on fishing, agriculture and, increasingly, of tourism. Lourinhã is well-known as the Capital of the Dinosaur in Portugal, due to discoveries of fossils in this region. Some of them can be visited in the Museu da Lourinhã, a place of excellence in this area. You can also walk through the Rota dos Dinossauros (Dinosaur Route), a 10 km route that connects the Museu da Lourinhã to the fortress of Paimogo. One of the main attractions of Lourinhã is Praia da Areia Branca, a very sought after place by vacationers. In terms of patrimonial heritage, the highlight goes to the Church of Santa Maria do Castelo. Its name derives from the fact that it was built along the walls of the ancient castle. It is classified as a national monument. Quality brandies are produced in this area since the 20th century, having the Demarcated Region of Lourinhã been created here for the defense of the products' quality.
What to do in Lourinhã
Percurso Pedestre da Rota dos Dinossauros (PR1)
The trail PR1 "Dinossaurs' Trail" starts at the Museum of Lourinhã and ends at the Paimogo Fortress. Along the way, you may visit the Convent of Saint António, the Church of Misericórdia and the Church of the Castle. You may also visit the beaches, namely those of Areia Branca, Vale Frades, Caniçal and Paimogo.
Museu da Lourinhã
Founded in 1984 by group of Ethnology and archaeology of Lourinhã, Lourinhã Museum has the largest collection of Iberian late Jurassic dinosaur fossils and one of the most important worldwide.
Percurso dos Moinhos de Pinhôa
The parish of Lourinhã has many windmills that, even though they are deactivated, are well worth a visit. Moita de Ferreiros has five recovered mills, turned into cafes and bars, that embelish the landscapes. Opening hours: daily from 2 pm …
Praia da Areia Branca
A central beach with white sand, from a 20 km long shoreline: the Costa de Prata (Silver Coast). Attended mostly by youngsters and surfers, with a Youth Hostel nearby. One may practise several nautical sports, such as underwater fishing, surf …
Praia de Porto Dinheiro
Surrounded by high cliffs, this beach is located in a fishing village and has a small port. There are typical restaurants and pleasant terraces.
Convento de Santo António
Classification as National Monument encompasses the former convent of Santo António da Lourinhã, including the Church of Saint Anthony, also known as Igreja do Convento de Santo António da Lourinhã and Church of our Lady of the Annunciation. Monument of …
Forte no Lugar de Paimogo / Forte de Nossa Senhora
Small strong bastions of regular plant considered an important example of military architecture of the 17th century. Built after the restoration, to the present day without architectural modifications. It was part of the fortified line that goes from Peniche to …
Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo
This temple has a gothic construction in which the decorative program overcomes the church structure. On the main façade it opens up a doorway topped by a rose window. The inside has three naves; it presents eight arches supported by …
Igreja do Convento de Santo António / Antiga Igreja Matriz da Lourinhã
This Covent church used to belong to the Franciscan Convent founded in 1598. The interior has one nave covered by a barrel vault and ornate by glazed tiles in stones from the 18th century. It is worthy to mention one …
Where to eat in Lourinhã
Um clássico da boa comida portuguesa. Com três salas preparadas para receber, com simpatia e eficiê…
Portuguese, Seafood restaurant
A large space with a friendly service and a sea related decor, that serves fish and shellfish dishe…
Modern decorating space serving traditional Portuguese cuisine. Was awarded with silver medal on ga…
A welcoming space that serves Portuguese dishes. It also organizes group celebrations and birthday …
Space specializing in grilled meats.
Where to sleep in Lourinhã
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