Odivelas

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).

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