Despite its size and population of 35 000 inhabitants, Oeiras is a village. It is the seat of a municipality composed of 10 parishes, for a total of approximately 170 thousand inhabitants. It is located on the right bank of the Tagus estuary and the economy is mainly based on services. The human presence dates back to the prehistoric period. Few traces remained from the time of the Roman and Arabic occupations. It was in the 12th and 13th centuries that some of the coastline forts were erected. But it would be in the 16th century, under the reign of Dom Manuel I, when Oeiras would grow, with the establishment of some industrial units, particularly with the gunpowder factories in Barcarena. In 1759 Oeiras was elevated to town and, in 1898, it became a municipality, after three years belonging to Cascais. The county currently boasts one of the highest indices of life quality in Portugal, being the headquarters of major companies linked to new technologies.
What to do in Oeiras
Aquário Vasco da Gama
Created in the 19th century, it has 93 aquariums with thousands of different species. Here you shall find atlantic, tropical and sweet water fauna. A special not to the emabalmed fishes collections and the maritime shells of King Dom Carlos.
Museu do Automóvel Antigo
A museum that intends to illustrate thee history and evolution of cars during the 20th century. It has themed exhibitions related to the several aspects of the old automobiles.
Parque Aventura do Jamor
This adventure park offers a unique experience in full contact with nature. You can venture into the middle of a dense forest, climb up to twelve feet tall, walking paths with obstacles that follow from tree to tree. In a …
Casa da Dízima
Restaurant situated in a House dating from the 16TH century, whose name refers to the times in that ten percent of the values of transacted goods were taxed to the King. The sea gives the space a relaxed and romantic …
A houses with two comfortable rooms where the Portuguese pavement stands out. Effective servive and a menu with several rather well cooked recipes of fish and shellfish.
The restaurant's name refers to "Mensa table for meal", but also "invited" and "delicacies". Now, on the table delights abound in this space to operate in Oeiras since 2011. Part of the restoration project of the Centro Cultural Palace of …
A restaurant with a panoramic view of the Tejo river, located in a building of the days of the Marquis of Pombal, with a special note to the interior arcades. Professional service and quality cuisine in a space with clients …
Express Holiday Inn Lisboa-Oeiras
Modern and pleasant space to offer 126 well-appointed rooms, three conference rooms and a restaurant where breakfasts are served. Is fifteen kilometres from Lisbon, close to several business parks, being, therefore, geared to an Executive segment.
Located facing the sea, this is a 19th century manor with 34 large and well equipped suites. It is located 15 km away from the casino and 10 km away from Lisbon.
Passeio Marítimo de Algés
Spacious, quiet and Nice, where you can stroll while admiring the ocean. Occasionally, there are some concerts and festivals. This is one of the best places to practice some physical exercise.
Parque da Quinta do Jardim
A recent park, well taken care of, with large lawns and several trees, namely olive trees and palm trees. It has areas for walking, leisure and resting.
Parque dos Poetas
Large park, about 25.5 hectares, born to honor poets and poetry. There are several nooks that invite you to rest, an open-air auditorium, a cybernetic fountain and the forest of poetry.
Parque Municipal de Oeiras
A large garden with several walking areas and pleasant corners that invite for a rest. It has a children's playground.
Praia de Santo Amaro
A beach that is also the mouth of the Tejo river, with calm waters.Fine lookin restaurants and some craftswork shops.
Praia da Torre
A city beach located by the river mouth and the fortress of Saint Julião da Barra.It is most attended by young people, which livens up the atmosphere.It has ver pleasant bars and restaurants and night animation.
Convento da Cartuxa
The ancient Cartuxa Convent, founded in the beginning of the 17th century, has a small cloister with 3 arches on each side and a calcareous façade.
Forte de São Bruno
Built by Dom João IV in 1647, this fortress belonged to the defensive system of the Tejo's inlet. Throughout the centuries it was several times occupied and adapted, gaving been a post of the fiscal guard, a centre of juvenile …
Forte de São Julião da Barra
This fortress, built in a strategic point that allowed a dominance of the inlet's entrance, was one one of the most important Portuguese war fortresses. Inspired by the 1500s Italian model, it is one of the better preserved fortresses. A …
Palácio do Marquês de Pombal / Palácio dos Condes
A National Monument built in the second half of the 18th century. This building, in the "pombalino" (time of the Marquis of Pombal) style, was a recreation farm for the Marquis of Pombal and family. A special note to the …
Museu da Pólvora Negra
This museum illustrates the history of the Fábrica da Pólvora de Barcarena (Barcarena's Gunpowder Factory) and simultaneously documents the methods used in manufacturing gunpowder and the energies used during the 500 years the factory remained open.
Up to date tourist information about the city's top attractions
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Where to eat in Oeiras
Contemporary, Portuguese, Vegetarian
Restaurant situated in a House dating from the 16TH century, whose name refers to the times in that…
Portuguese, Spanish, World Food
A houses with two comfortable rooms where the Portuguese pavement stands out. Effective servive and…
Contemporary, Fusion, Oriental, World Food
The restaurant's name refers to "Mensa table for meal", but also "invited" and "delicacies". Now, o…
A restaurant with a panoramic view of the Tejo river, located in a building of the days of the Marq…
Where to sleep in Oeiras
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