Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Estremadura and the Ribatejo Travel Guide

Santarém

Present-day Santarém, high above the Tagus River, is an important farming and livestock center. It holds the largest agricultural fair in the country. Even with a tradition of bull breeding and bullfighting, Santarém curiously has what is considered the ugliest bullring on the Iberian Peninsula. Santarém also has bull farms, a working stud farm, and a winery open to visitors.

Some

historians believe that Santarém's beginnings date from as early as 1200 BC and the age of Ulysses. Its strategic location led several kings to choose it as their residence, and the Cortes (Parliament) frequently met here. Thanks to its royal connections, Santarém is more richly endowed with monuments than other towns of its size. The Portuguese refer to it as their "Gothic capital."

Read More

Advertisement

Advertisement

Trip Finder