Its privileged location-between the coast and the interior and between North and South, between Coimbra and Leiria and roughly halfway between Porto and Lisbon, in a territory that stretches from the Sea (Praia do Osso da Baleia) to the Sierra (Sicó) – was a decisive factor, throughout history, for the development of Pombal, currently one of the most prosperous counties in the region. And if on the one hand that location could reduce Pombal the turntable of travellers, the truth is that its architectural and historical heritage, the richness of its natural resources, diversity and quality of its cuisine are more than enough reasons for a longer visit. Pombal owes its foundation to Gualdim Pais, Grão-Mestre da Ordem dos Templários, from which it has received Charter in 1174 and ordered the construction of the towering Castle, ex-libris of the city. But his larger figure was Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, better known as the "Marquês de Pombal", who lived there between 1777 and 1782 and that made it very marked their passage, having been responsible for low reordering of the village. The end of the 18th century was of great development for the region, which however would be interrupted by the French invasions and, later, by the cholera outbreak, events that, together with the total destruction of the Royal Road (which served as a link between Lisbon and Porto), made of Pombal no man's land. The construction of the railroad in 1855, was the turning point for the County that, in the second half of the 20th century, was ultimately on the route of the industrial and economic development. Currently, those who visit Pombal find a modern and welcoming town, marked by history and by contrasts of its location. Crafts and local cuisine are the mirror of these contrasts, with strong influences of the sea and the Sierra. Local handicrafts include baskets and mats of reeds, ceramics and faience and regional costumes (miniature dolls). At the table, the offer is rich and varied. "Sopa à lavrador", "bacalhau à lagareiro", "tortulhos", "torresmos", "carneiro guisado" and "couves migadas com feijão-frade" are the most typical dishes. For dessert, the harder it will be to choose. Be sure to taste the "biscoitos de Louriçal", the "fornilhos", the "bolos de Redilha", the "tigeladas", the "bolinhas de triga-milha", the "sonhos de canela", the "coscorões" and the "broa de azeite".
What to do in Pombal
Praia do Osso da Baleia
A beach with a wide stretch of sand and several areas of dunes, isolated and quite lovely. It is on of the few golden beaches in Portugal because it preserves the local environmental balance.
An aquapark built in 1999 with several pools, slides and leisure areas. It also has a restaurant, a cafe, a terrace a dancing pub with live music and a disco-bar.
Castelo de Pombal
In this grandiose monument remain the extensive walls, the quadrangular cubelos, the donjon and the remains of two barbicans, who witness his defensive value. Rebuilt in the reign of Dom Manuel I, are visible to the armillary sphere, a Manueline moth window, which opens on coastal wall, and the Royal arms. Within the walls there are traces of the chapel …
Ponte sobre o Rio Arunca
Bridge with three arches in basket wing, built between 1793 and 1795 for the passage of the Royal Road. It is formed by three equal arches supported by pillars with carved-seas semicónicos.
Igreja do Convento do Louriçal
This church belongs to the Clair sisters Convent constructed on the 18th century. The exterior, simple and deprived, contrasts with the inner space with curved lines on the walls and elevations and totally covered in shaped baroque glazed tiles.
Serra de Sicó
This hill belongs to the sedimentary shoreline of the Estremadura, located to the east of Pombal. Ith divides the river basins of the Soure and Nabão rivers and measures 7.5 km. It has, in its calcareous body, an original group …
Casa Arte Nova
Tenement with shops on the ground floor, built in the 20th century. The name comes to you of some characteristic Art Nouveau decorative details. The architect responsible for the building was Ernesto Korrodi.
Located on the coubnterforts of the Sicó mountain. The church of Misericórdia or chapel of Our Lady of the Estrela, built in a natural cave at the top of the Poio mountain, rebuilt in 1670, and the medieval bridge with …
Capela da Misericórdia do Louriçal
Chapel with a nave and a chancel high under the same roof. Highlighting the fact that the Tribune of the examiners to make communication between the House of the order and the ship, on the opposite side of the pulpit. …
Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora das Neves
Church of Baroque religious architecture, a single nave with main altar, sacristy, Baptistry and Bell Tower. The date of construction is not known. However, it was rebuilt in 1515 and then again in the 18th century.
Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Guia
Mannerist architecture and Baroque church consists of a nave, a chancel and a vestry located near. In the interior, especially the throne with an 18th century image of Nossa Senhora da Guia.
Museu de Arte Popular Portuguesa
A museum located at the Centro Cultural de Pombal (Cultural Centre of Pombal), with two thousand craftswork objects of the entire country that show the popular Portuguese arts.
Palanque dos Duques de Aveiro
Outdoor grandstand built in masonry and brick, where sat the Dukes of Aveiro when attending public performances. It is located in a large paved, near the Abiul oven.
Museu Municipal Marquês de Pombal
A museum inaugurated in 1982 after a donation by the antiques merchant Manuel Gameiro in a building of the Town Hall. It is dividd in five theme rooms and pictures national and local history of the 18th century.
Where to eat in Pombal
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Regional
A very large restaurant with well prepared dishes and fast and effective service. It offers two spa…
A large restaurant, located on a villa's ground floor, that serves traditional Portuguese dishes, n…
Fast food, Italian
A simple and modern space, with wide glass windows, that serves a large variety of pizzas.
A simple and familiar space, located in a typical Alentejo house, that serves fine traditional dish…
A large, simple and familiar space, with a vast menu of traditional Portuguese dishes.
A friendly space that serves quite a variety of national dishes, namely shellfish dishes. During th…
Where to sleep in Pombal
Situado nos arredores de Pombal, aqui o contacto com a natureza combina na perfeição com o conforto e comodidade de um hotel. Dispõe de um vasto espaço exterio…
Very nice and modern space to offer 40 well-equipped rooms, a cosy bar, a reading room, a multimedia room and a room for events. There is also a nice restauran…
Traditional building offering comfortable and modern facilities, including 27 well-equipped rooms, a lounge, a breakfast room and a friendly bar.
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The municipality of Batalha belongs to the district of Leiria and is composed of four parishes. The maximum exponent of this municipality is the impo…
Ansião is a small village in the district of Leiria, with a historical, architectural and cultural heritage that is worth knowing. Very marked by the…
Located in the center of the country, Alvaiázere is part of the district of Leiria. The fertile soils, the well-irrigated valleys and floodplains and…