4 Best Sights in Almeirim, Estremadura and the Ribatejo

Casa dos Patudos

Alpiarça is a pleasant little town 7 km (4 miles) northeast of Almeirim on the N118. Here you'll have the chance to see how a wealthy country gentleman lived at the beginning of the 20th century. The Casa dos Patudos, now a museum, was the estate of José Relvas, a diplomat and prosperous local farmer. This unusual three-story manor house with its zebra-stripe spire is surrounded by gardens and vineyards and is filled with an impressive assemblage of ceramics, paintings, and furnishings—including Portugal's foremost collection of Arraiolos carpets.

Rua José Relvas, Alpiarça, 2090–102, Portugal
243 558 321
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Feira Nacional do Cavalo

About 19 km (12 miles) southwest of Constância is the town of Golegã, one of Portugal's most notable horse-breeding centers. During the first two weeks of November, this is the site of the colorful Feira Nacional do Cavalo, the most important event of its kind in the country, staged for the past 250 years. It has riding displays, horse and trap competitions, and stalls that sell handicrafts.

Quinta da Alorna

This 6,900-acre farm and winery encompasses a vineyard established in 1723 by the Marquês de Alorna, a viceroy of Portuguese India. It is known particularly for its ripe, floral whites. There's a shop right outside the entrance where you can purchase the wines and other regional products such as honey, jams, olive oil, and sausages. There are no regular tours of the winery, but if you call a day or two ahead or email  [email protected], they may be able to arrange a visit and tasting.

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Quinta do Casal Branco

For the gastronome in you, spend a day wining and dining at this 1,630-acre estate; 346 acres are vineyards. The quinta has been owned by the same family for more than 200 years and used to be one of largest royal falconry grounds in the country. The winery produces red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines, as well as olive oil under numerous labels which include Capoeira, Terra de Lobos, and their flagship Casal Branco. They use native grape varieties such as Castelão for reds and Fernão Pires for whites, as well as international ones like Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. Call ahead for a guided tour of the cellar ending with a wine tasting, or for lunch or dinner in the small restaurant. The shop sells its wines and olive oil, as well as homemade jams, cheeses, and traditional sausages.