Only elevated to the municipality status in 1998, Odivelas is one of the newer councils in Portugal. Situated on the right bank of the Tagus river, it is part of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, bordering with the municipalities of Loures, Lisbon, Sintra and Amadora. Its territory was inhabited since ancient times by several people, saving several traces to prove it: the Dólmen das Pedras Grandes and the Dólmen das Batalhas, in Caneças; Castro da Amoreira, in Ramada; the Roman remains found in Póvoa de Santo Adrião; and the Arab traces found in Paiã (Pontinha). After the founding of the Portuguese Kingdom, Dom Dinis was assumed as a great promoter of the region, raising the Mosteiro de São Dinis (today the Mosteiro de Odivelas) and Paço de Odivelas, among others. Later, Dom João V orders the building of the Águas Livres Aqueduct that, despite never having been effective, as it once provided small amounts of unclean water, is now a monument of great historical value, being possible to visit its underground galleries. On a gastronomic level, the county is known for its conventual sweets, a heritage of the Mosteiro de São Dinis. From the wide variety of sweets stand out the suspiros de amêndoa (almond meringues), marmelada de Odivelas (Odivelas marmalade), "tabefes" (cornflour porridge with cinnamon), the "raivas" (butter cookies), the "esquecidos" (egg and lemon cookies) and the toucinho-do-céu (kind of almond cake).
What to do in Odivelas
Centro Cultural da Malaposta
19TH century building, where we ran the last change of station postal horses, the Malaposta. Rebuilt by the City Council, was opened in 1989 as a cultural space, consisting of several rooms and a gallery for temporary exhibitions.
Aqueduto das Águas Livres
Belonging to the set attached to the Águas Livres Aqueduct, an aqueduct, in stone, created to get water to the Terreiro do Paço de Queluz for consumption of the Royal Mews. The work was created in the place of two sources: the source of Gargantada and do Pocinho and served several fountains and fountains in Queluz. Built by d. João …
Casa do Arcebispo/ Quinta da Memória
Rectangular baroque house with two floors, the ecclesiastical Palace type of recreation. The fifth and the Palace was founded by d. Rodrigo de Moura Teles in the 18th century.
Mosteiro de Odivelas / Antigo Mosteiro de São Dinis e São Bernardo / Instituto de Odivelas
This Monastery was built between 1295 e 1305, founded by D. Dinis who belonged to the Cistercian Order. It was rather damaged by the 1755 earthquake and nowadays it only prevail the door, the apsidal chapels and some of the cloister traces. We should point out the gothic apse with a main chapel and two side chapels, all of polygonal …
Memorial de Odivelas
Monument composed of a large pointed arch superimposed a Colonnade which supports three-lobed arches, surmounted by a crest. Its initial function was to demarcate the territorial limits on the jurisdictional area of the monastery of Odivelas. It is unknown if the correct date of its construction, believed to date from the 14th century.
Jardim da Música
The garden of music is part of a rehabilitation project of the municipality of Odivelas. Currently available native species trees, grassy areas and spaces of aromatic herbs.
Jardim Botânico de Famões
With about 6200 square meters of area, the Botanical Garden of Brussels hosts over 6000 plants representing about 50 native species characteristics of the Lisbon region. The garden includes a central space for outdoor Auditorium, illuminated by solar-powered lamps.
Fonte dos Castanheiros
Composta por três arcos de volta perfeita, encimado por um frontão, de lanços, que enquadra três medalhões de embrechados, a Fonte dos Castanheiros remete-nos para um revivalismo bucólico e neoromântico. Situada numa quinta pitoresca, foi a primeira a ser explorada …
Parque Municipal da Pontinha
Ample green space densely wooded, with tables and benches for picnics. Is a great place to walk, since it offers plenty of shade and places to rest and relax.
Igreja Matriz da Póvoa de Santo Adrião / Igreja da Póvoa de Santo Adrião
On the main facade of this church, stands a Manueline portal of Arch of carena. The interior is of a ship, 1468-lined and covered with roof of mixer painted. The chancel is of the late 18th century, and here, a …
Igreja Matriz de Odivelas /Igreja do Santíssimo Nome de Jesus / Igreja do Sagrado Coração de Jesus
Baroque church of longitudinal plan composed by the juxtaposition of the ship with the chancel, showing coverage with gabled roofs and in coruchéu. It was built at the end of the 17th century over an ancient temple. Inside, the main …
Where to eat in Odivelas
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Fast food, Italian
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Where to sleep in Odivelas
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