Around the villa
From the house in Tremês, you can easily access a few places worth a visit by motorway. Secondary itineraries will offer you a great deal of sightseeing with the most exceptional landscapes. In Tremês Santarem, you’ll never feel overcrowded by tourists, so you can to enjoy the “real Portugal” whilst having all the necessary facilities surrounding you.
Santarem Water Park– Complexo aquatico de Santarem
(14 kms away)
Adress : Hautjardin 2005-444 Santarém
Pools, slides and a wave pool. For all ages, great family day out.
The Sun Gate Gardens – Jardim das Portas do Sol
Address: Largo do Alcàçova, SANTAREM
A beautiful trail along the medieval walls.
Breathtaking views on the “Tage” and its surroundings.
The old Market- “Mercado Municipal de Santarem”.
Address: Alexandre Herculano, Santarem.
Built in 1924, is has a typical architecture that combines iron and tiles in a very traditional manner. The walls of the market are covered with “azulejos” typical Portuguese tiles from the early 19th century who depict the regional activities.
Rio Maior Salinas
(20 km from the villa) Address: Rio Maior With eight centuries of history, the Rio Maior Saltworks, also known as the Fonte da Bica Saltworks, are considered a marvel of nature, since the sea is more than 30 km away. The water used to fill the tanks is drawn from the well 8.95 meters deep. It is 7 times saltier than seawater. After evaporation of the water (three to six days, depending on the heat), the salt is left to dry for 60 hours. It is then transported in wheelbarrow bags or on the shoulders to the machine that will transport it to the cooperative. The salt works from May to September, the time of year when the heat facilitates the evaporation of water. Arriving at the salt pans, you can stroll through the cobblestone streets surrounded by wooden houses, once used to store salt. Currently, these houses are used to sell salt, souvenirs and some have been converted into bars / restaurants.
Serra de Aire Nature Park – Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros
(20 km from the villa)
The greatest wealth of the Natural Park of Serras d’Aire and Candeeiros lies inside the park. This limestone massif is a paradise for speleology enthusiasts who in their depths can discover caves and caves, with surprising formations carved by water and the wear of time. On the surface, you will find beautiful landscapes at the hazards of the roads. Go get lost, you will not regret it!
Praia Fluvial Olhos D’Água em Louriceira, Alcanena
Bathing and rest area, source of drinking water that feeds the city of Lisbon and for sports, hiking and mountain biking approved by the Federation of Portuguese cycling.
(18 km from the villa)
39 ° 26’39.7 “N 8 ° 42’38.6” W
On hot summer days, the Portuguese will cool off at Alcanena. You will also be able to see the source of drinking water that supplies Lisbon. Its transport is done by an aqueduct that we see when we go to the capital.
5 mountain bike trails are marked and approved, enough to satisfy the most demanding with 1600m of cumulative elevation gain for the most technical track. Site with maps and descriptions
Many marked hiking trails.
In a city that has been influenced by many different far-off cultures over time, there is still a village feel in each historic neighborhood. Stroll through the Pombaline grid of streets in the Baixa district that opens on to the Tagus in Praça do Comércio, and then follow the river to discover some of the city’s most beautiful parts: the monumental area of Belém with itsWorld Heritage monuments, the mediaeval quarters and the latest contemporary leisure spaces, such as the Parque das Nações.
Sintra is an enjoyable tourist destination that was historically associated with the Portuguese nobility. Portugal’s rulers constructed lavish and extravagant palaces upon the hills of the Serra de Sintra; it is those extraordinary palaces that attract the visitors nowadays.
Portugal’s main fishing port, Peniche is partly surrounded by medieval walls dating back to the 15th century. On the south side and on the sea front, rises a 15th century fortress used as a prison during the ruling of Salazar.
Located on Cap Carvoeiro, with its typical white churches, Peniche has attracted manyartists including the French painter, Maurice Botrel.
The Peniche beach is one of the best in Portugal for surfers (in 2009 it held the Rip Curl Pro Search competition), bodyboard…
The long sandy half-moon shaped beach, which is also the town’s sea front, is known for its grandeur and for the brightly-colored tents that decorate the white sandy beaches, contrasting with the blue of the water.
On the right, a funicular takes you up a 318m high cliff. At the top, a magnificent view overlooking the beach and the town.
At sea, the canyon of Nazare is an internationally renowned surf spot, where surfers regularly break records on the highest recorded waves.
Obidos is a town in the West Sub-Region of Portugal, a good touristic destination due to its well conserved medieval walls. The village hasn’t (hardly) evolved in the Modern Times. It is called the Portuguese “Mont Saint Michel”. There you will be able to taste the renowned “ginjinha” cherry alcohol drunk from a chocolate cup.
Fatima – Ourém
The first apparition took place in 1917, in Cova da Iria, at the site of the current Sanctuary. The most important celebrations are held on 13th May (including the Candlelit Procession on the night of the 12th and the Farewell Procession closing the event on the 13th) and the 13th of October.
Furthermore, the 13th of every month between these two dates is also a day of devotion.
No one can say that they have burned a candle until they have burned one at Fatima: for those who are fast moving, you may directly throw your candle into the fire pit. The candles are of all shapes and sizes. You can find an arm, a leg or a foot… depending on what you are praying for.
12 km away from Fatima, upon a hill with a superb view, you will find “Ourém”. Very nice medieval village where opposite the church, you will find a tavern where you can drink excellent “ginjinha”. Above the old pay counter, you will see antique nursery books dating back to the 1930’s. Every end of the month, families would come and pay their debts in this old Grocery/Hardware store.