Situated north of Setúbal peninsula, in a transition area between the alluvial plains of Tagus estuary's south bank, Ribatejo's plain and Alentejo's peneplain, the municipality of Montijo is part of the metropolitan area of Lisbon. Human occupation dates back to the Paleolithic age and proof of this are the numerous archaeological remains found in this area. Formerly known as Aldeia Galega, the name was changed in 1930 to Montijo. The former name of the municipality was due to an inhabitant from Galicia named Alda. She had a "sale", which served the people who passed the port to go to Lisbon and the Alentejo. Along the way the travelers claimed to pass at Alda's, the "Galega", which gave way to the first name of the village. The activities relating to meat production, slaughter and processing, preparation and transformation of cork, as well as horticultural, vineyard and flower production have always been the most significant ones for the municipality's economy. However, with the construction of Vasco da Gama bridge and the completion of some relevant roads, Montijo, like other neighboring councils, strengthened its economic strategy, competing to attract new investments more linked to commercial activities to the detriment of activities linked to the primary sector. Bullfights and "largadas" ("bull releases") are traditions closely linked to the municipality and bring many supporters together during the festivities time. Regional products like pine nuts, honey, sheep's cheese, sweets like the "aldeanos" (cookies made with almond and pumpkin jam) and wine (Pegões) constitute a brand image of this municipality.
What to do in Montijo
Cine-Teatro Joaquim D’Almeida / Cine-Teatro do Montijo
A space inaugurated in 1957, that functioned until 1991. In 1999, it was acquired by the Montijo Town Hall and was restored and eventually reopened in August 2005. The most varied cultural activities take place here.
Praça de Touros Amadeu Augusto dos Santos
This bullfight arena belongs to the "Santa Casa da Misericórdia" of Montijo. It is a first class arena and has 6281 seats and 3 to 4 bullfights each year.
Casa das Enguias
Ample space to serve tasty dishes of Portuguese cuisine. The house specialty is naturally made dishes with eels, although also other suggestions also tasty.
Casa das Lamejinhas
A large space that serves regional, typically Portuguese, food, mostly fish dishes.
Located next to the old pier of Montijo and overlooking the Tagus River, this space presents in its menu of fresh fish and seafood dishes.
Monte do Lago
Located in the Pegões plain, in a farm that has about 70 000 metres of vineyards. It has 10 fully equipped rooms.
Igreja da Misericórdia do Montijo
A church built in the 16th century that was several times remodelled throughout the centuries. The main façade has a portal topped by a triangular fronton. The interior is covered by tiles, like a "carpet", of the 17th century.
Where to eat in Montijo
Where to sleep in Montijo
A boarding house located near the river, with 13 fully equipped rooms. It has a restaurant, the oldest in the parish, that serves regional food.
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