Torres Novas is a Portuguese municipality with 17 and parishes belonging to the District of Santarém, Ribatejo region. In historical terms, it is known that the Romans settled in these lands, as were discovered Roman ruins of a stately residence (Vila Cardílio). The locale was conquered from the Moors by Afonso Henriques, in 1148 and, two years later, received a Charter from the King Don Sancho i. Torres Novas Castle served as a bulwark to Portuguese forces at that time and is the ex-libris of the city. Nowadays, still preserves some towers of 14th century, including the donjon. The room of the castle is transformed into a garden and is a pleasant place of leisure. Other places not to be missed is the Carlos Reis Municipal Museum, a space where are exhibited works of sacred art, archeology and paintings created by Carlos Reis. In handicraft, Torres Novas stands out for its ceramics, woodwork, embroidery and lace. As for the gastronomy, the best known delicacies are the migas to the fisherman, the eels Boquilobo and the Flathead on the tile.
What to do in Torres Novas
Castelo de Torres Novas
Castle built during the reign of Dom Sancho I, under the ruins of an older fortification. In the reign of Dom Fernando underwent restoration and, in 1755, suffered a lot of damage with the earthquake. Later, the French invaders left the castle in a State of great disrepair, which evolved into the State of total abandonment. Nowadays, preserves some towers …
The name is due to the existence of large neolithic caves in the region, linked to several local legends. One should visit the mother church, rebuilt in the 16th century, with a tomb, pattern tiles on the nave and a …
Nora do Largo do Lamego
Nora Largo do Lamego is a device consisting of a wheel with small reservoirs, formerly used to draw water from wells or cisterns.
Jardim Municipal de Torres Novas
The garden borders the Almonda river and looks up at the castle. There are many different flowers. It is excellent for leisure, recreation or simply for resting.
Ruínas Romanas de Vila Cardílio
The Roman ruins of the Vila Cardílio are some of the traces from the Roman presence in this area. To mention are the polychrome mosaics showing the effigies and the owner’s names, Cardílio and Avita. The occupation time must have …
Casa dos Vargos
18TH century country manor with 19th-century wing, where the four double bedrooms with en-suite bathroom that receive the name of wildflowers in the region: Broom, Honeysuckle, rose and Periwinkle. Inner courtyard with clock tower and attached, an appeals with the …
Museu Municipal Carlos Reis
An exhibitions of religious art work and paintings by Carlos Reis.
Conhecer a Gruta do Almonda
The Almonda Cave is a group of subterranean galleries with an extension of 8 km and vestiges of human occupations from the paleolithic to the roman epoch. The exploration starts along narrow galleries and small rooms. Along narrow pathways, one …
Igreja da Misericórdia de Torres Novas
The original temple, target of modifications in the 17th and 18th centuries, only a Manueline door and a cruise. The side porch, dating from 1670, is flanked by four ionic columns. Deserves reference to tiling, the talha, the 17th-century paintings, …
Where to eat in Torres Novas
Apesar de recente, o restaurante Papa-Figos, em Torres Novas já se assume como paragem obrigatória …
Rustic and cosy restaurant serving regional cuisine and traditional delicacies.
Familiar and cosy restaurant serving Italian and international dishes, with an emphasis on their pi…
Where to sleep in Torres Novas
Hotel well located, friendly and with 60 comfortable rooms, including three suites. Also offers a swimming pool, a gym, a restaurant and a cinema\/Auditorium.
Hotel situated in the heart of Torres Novas, offering 37 well-equipped rooms, a nice restaurant and a bar.
Former convent of Franciscan friars Arrábidos, dating from the 16th century. The property consists of the former convent, orchards, a vegetable garden, a chape…
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