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Estremadura and the Ribatejo Travel Guide

Plan Your Estremadura and the Ribatejo Vacation

Estremadura and Ribatejo are the two (former) provinces north and northeast of Lisbon. Called the Oeste (West) region, Estremadura, with its green rural valleys, is characterized by a mix of maritime activities and where the old traditions and feelings combine harmoniously with modernity. Meanwhile, on the banks of the Tejo River, Ribatejo is a land of agriculture and livestock, known

as the heart of Portuguese bullfighting and a bastion of the famous Lusitano horse.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Soak up the pleasures of the Atlantic Coast. Forty unique beaches dot Estremadura's 100-km (60-mile) coastline, allowing for a variety of choices, including relaxing in the sun and sand, catching the waves, or watching the sunset.
  2. Experience the Middle Ages. Cities like Mafra, Tomar, Alcobaça Batalha, and Leiria boast medieval monasteries and castles, and royal palaces that provide an incredible view of times past.
  3. Savor the freshest seafood. The fishing towns of Ericeira, Peniche, and Nazaré are some of the best places in the country for seafood lovers.
  4. Admire Portugal's beautiful countryside. The landscape along the Tagus (Tejo) and Zêzere rivers is a perfect venue to experience the culture of the Portuguese countryside.
  5. Horseback riding with famous horses. The Ribatejo is home to the famous breed of Lusitano horses, used in dressage and bullfighting.

When To Go

When to Go

To avoid the busloads of visitors who inundate major monuments and attractions during July and August, visit the popular ones such as Óbidos and Ma...

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