Montemor-o-Velho is situated in the center of Portugal, in a region that has been populated since ancient times. The archaeological remains are visible at various places distributed throughout the county, including the town of Santa Olaia. It was occupied from the Neolithic to the middle ages, with emphasis on the Iron Age (VIII-VII century BC). There are archaeological remains from the Roman era within the city: the finds at the site of Senhora do Desterro, where there was a Roman villa and a necropolis, brick vaulted graves, coins of the fourth century, the tombstone of Jupiter in the chapel of Madalena, the tombstone of Lúcio Cádio Cela (which is now in the National Museum Machado de Castro in Coimbra) and the monumental blocks at the castle's donjon. Be sure to visit the castle of Montemor-o-Velho, the Porta da Peste, the ruins of Palácio das Infantas, the Church of Santa Maria de Alcáçova, the Torre de Menagem (donjon), the Torre do Relógio de Tentúgal, the chapel of Misericórdia de Montemor-o-Velho, the Igreja Matriz de São Martinho, the chapel of São Sebastião, the Igreja e Claustro de Nossa Senhora dos Anjos and the Manor of Alarcões (where the Municipal Library is located). The Natural Reserve of Paul de Arzila and that of Paul do Taipal deserve a careful visit, as they offer the possibility to observe varied animal species, particularly birds that breed here. In the typical gastronomy of Montemor are include the arroz de lampreia (lamprey rice), the papas laberças (turnip greens porridge), the pato à moda do Mondego (Mondego-style duck dish) or arroz malandro de cabidela (kind of stew made with chicken meat and blood and with rice). The conventual sweets, characteristic of the region, include the papos-de-anjo (pastries made with whipped egg yolks, baked and then boiled in sugar syrup), the barrigas de freira (sweet porridge made with almonds and bread crumbles) and queijadas de Pereira (cheese pastries), pastéis de Tentúgal (kind of puff pastry with an egg filling), arroz doce (rice pudding) and espigas doces de Montemor (Montemor-style sweet cobs). The CITEMOR-Theatre Festival, which takes place between July and August, is one of the most important events of its kind in the country.
Best restaurants in Montemor-o-Velho
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Best Of Montemor-o-Velho
Castelo de Montemor-o-Velho
The castle is the largest medieval fortress of the line of the Mondego and one of the largest in the country. Its current appearance is due to an integral reform undertaken in 1331. At this time built a Palace for the infantas, successively building transformed until the Manueline era, date of last known reform. This campaign of Dom Afonso IV …
Paúl do Taipal
This space, together with the bogs of Arzila and Madriz, is on of the last examples of this kind of moist area in the centre of Portugal. It has the bog itself and a surrounding area, with woods and farmlands. It spreads along 233 hectares, with a maximum altitude of 25 metres.
Convento de Nossa Senhora dos Anjos
This temple used to belong to the former convent of the Hermit Friars of Saint Augustinian. The main chapel vault, the windows and Diogo Azambuja grave testify this church manueline origin. The façade with a simple architecture is inserted in …
Teatro Esther de Carvalho
A small, yet lovely, theatre, built in the late 19th century. It was remodelled and re-opened in 2003. It functions on occasions.
Capela de São Sebastião / Capela do Mártir Santo
Renaissance Chapel dating from the 16TH century.
Torre do Relógio de Tentúgal
Clock Tower with a medieval origin, probably built on the fifteenth century. It was constructed under a square plan with a Gothic style door and triangle chamfered edges.
Igreja de Santa Maria de Alcáçova
Building constructed in the 11th century was restored between 1490 and 1510. Displays a Manueline style of naturalistic character already influenced by the Renaissance. Inside, three ships, are the three altarpieces, being the principal of the 17th century and the …
Igreja de São Martinho / Igreja Matriz de Montemor-o-Velho
Gothic and Mannerist building, probably dating from the 12th century. It consists of a nave and a chancel rectangle with square bell tower.
Parque Zoológico Europaradise
A park inaugurated in 1998, in a 4 kilometres long space, where one may watch 250 animal species in conditions that resemble their natural environemnts.