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Restaurant Sabores com Alma

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Restaurant Sabores com Alma is a very delightful restaurant in the centre of Montargil, Alentejo. Alentejo is well known for it’s gastronomic excellence and Sabores com Alma is a very good restaurant to taste the regional delicacies. The restaurant specializes in taste and presentation and has some very unique combinations based on the traditional regional and Portuguese traditional kitchen that will entice your taste buds to want more!
The restaurant provides lovely views over the surrounding town and landscape, very friendly staff that will enjoy advising you on the best dishes and great regional wines.

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Rosa Alta restaurant, Quinta das Pratas Hotel, Cartaxo

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The restaurant “Rosa Alta” has capacity for 70 people and offers a menu with a mix of flavours carefully composed by the chef and his team.

The delicacies are for instance Picanha na Pedra – steak on a hot stone grill or the Costeletas de Toiro Bravo.
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You are Welcome to this regional experience by a professional staff in a relaxed and comfortable surrounding!
Both the hotel and restaurant can be well combined with a visit to the lovely rural and wine museum which is just a couple of minutes walks from the hotel. Please check also the entry on this site >> Quinta das Pratas, Rural museum of Cartaxo.
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Fonte das Figueiras

The Fonte das Figueiras (The source of victory) is situated in São Salvador, a parish of Santarém. The Fonte das Figueiras is situated between the city of Santarém in top of the plateau and the smaller town of Ribeira de Santarém in the valley.

The Fonte was probably probably the result of the reign of D. Dinis and of Afonso IV and it was in collaboration with the cities council as both their arms can be seen in the relief decorations on it’s walls.
It was built in the fourteenth century and it became a national monument in 1910.

The Fonte das Figueiras has a quadrangular plan, bounded by corners supporting a crenellated porch with Broken Bow opened on each elevation. It’s one of the rare examples that have come down to the present day of Gothic civil architecture and one that shows how water was supplied to larger populations in the Middle Ages in Portugal.

The Fonte das Figueiras is situated behind a busy, curvy road with limited parking possibility. It can be reached more easily by foot from the historical neighbourhood of Marvila and provides a nice walk through medieval Santarém. Take note that the walk involves a steady down and uphill (back) climb.

Rural museum, Cartaxo

Cartaxo is a small town roughly 50 km above Lisbon in the Ribatejo province of Santarém. Cartaxo is a rural society mostly know for agriculture, bulls and wine.

The Cartaxo rural museum documents its past in a nice participative way that makes for a lovely day out. Set in a park on the edge of Cartaxo, it consists of various buildings that contain elements of it’s rural roots.
The museum opened it’s doors in 1985 and it’s main occupation is to promote and document the traditions of vine growing and wine production in the Ribatejan tradition. It is unique in this aspect in the county.

The museum has different thematic areas, beginning with the permanent exhibition ” Discovering the Rural Culture ” , which presents the geographical, ethnographic and historical elements of the county . This section can be appreciated also objects associated with the manufacture of bread and olive oil.

Ribatejo has a long history in the Portuguese bull fighting tradition which is also documented in this area.

The old restored wine cellar shows the various stages of wine production. This is represented with a journey that begins in the vineyards and ends in the cellar.
Outside museum are elements that document the agricultural mechanization including one of the first tractors in the county.

The traditional tavern is one of the nicest elements of the museum as it functions as a tavern offering local produce and wine tasting in a the traditional tavern atmosphere.

The entry fee is symbolic at 1 euro 50 and the wine tasting at 30 cents per wine type. All the wines used in the tasting are regional, local wines.
Tuesday to Friday:
10h30 – 12h30 and 15h00 -17h30
Saturday, Sunday and holidays
9h30 – 12h30 and 15h00 – 17h30

Exaltação de Santa Cruz Mother Church

The Church of Exaltação de Santa Cruz Mother Church or the Exaltation of the Holy Cross was built in 1514 by demand of the people of the Batalha community who longed for a community church.
It was completed in 1532 in the reign of King John III (1502-1557).
The architect was Mateus Fernandes in the Manueline style of Portugal.
The Manueline style is specifically recognisable in the portal arch which is lavishly decorated with the sphere cross of the order of Christ. The order descented from the Portuguese branch of the Templar order. (see also The convent of Christ, Tomar)

The church has a longitudinal plan inside you’ll recognise various elements built over the following centuries due to restructuring and donations to the church.
the ceiling and floor where placed after the earthquake of 1858 replacing the original ceilings and floors. After the same earthquake rebuilding also resulted in the heightening of the bell tower.

Monastery of Batalha

The monastery of Batalha officially named the monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória was built after the battle of Albujarota of 1385 by king João I.
It was built as a thanks for the kings victory in the battle which ensured him the throne of Portugal and guaranteed Portugal’s independence from Spain.

The building of this immense monument took over 150 years and this is the reason we see both Gothic and Manualine represented in the monastery.

The monastery belonged to the Dominican order who where not monks but friars meaning that they did not live such an isolated existence and had an important function in the society as charity work, helping the poor, preaching and evangelism.

Over the centuries aspect have been added to the monastery that today includes a church, two cloisters with annexed dependencies and two royal pantheons, the Founder’s Chapel and the Unfinished Chapels.
The monastery has been a Unesco world heritage site since 1983.
To read more about the monastery please visit the official government site. mosteirobatalha.pt (english version)

Castle of Amieira do Tejo

The village of Amieira do Tejo is another lovely, well reserved medieval village close to the Tagus river. It was once an important town and a central point for travelling pilgrims, who would have travelled through the village and found here the places for rest, nutrition and guidance from the Knights Hospitaller who where among the most famous of the Chrisitan military orders during the medieval centuries.

The castle of Amieira do Tejo was build by the order in the late 14th century and though never completely completed was used mainly as a prison. The castle opens everyday accept Sunday and Monday , entrance price is 2 euro – children to the age of 14 are free of charge.

“The Castle of Amieira do Tejo is the prototypical Gothic Portuguese castle.[1][4] It is located on a relatively low hilltop, in a rectangular plan consisting of a walled courtyard with four towers located at its apexes. The prison block which is located in the largest of these towers, is located above the principal entrance to the fortress. In comparison to the isolated Romanesque cell blocks, the tower also served the defence of the castle, in an area that was most vulnerable.[1][4] The central courtyard, which is an ample space, allows the space for placement of troops and easy movement. The castle also provides two levels of complimentary defence, as indicated in 14th century documentation: a pit (which has not survived to cast), and a barbican to the rear of the fortress, that formed a secondary landing in case of siege.” (wikipedia – read more)

Castle of Belver

The castle of Belver or Castelo de Belver was build in 1194 and completed in 1212 making it the first castle to be build by the Hospitalers in Portugal during the Middle Ages.

It is build on the edge of the village of Belver and overlooks the Tagus river to the east. It was another castle build on the Tagus to ensure the stronghold against the Moors in the middle ages.

The castle remained intact over the following centuries, preserving many of the Romanesque military motifs of the period. Inside the castle you’ll find the small chapel of São Brás built in the 16th century.
To read more about the castle and it’s architecture please follow this link to wikipedia

The village of Belver is a largely medieval village built on a hilly landscape next to the Tagus river. The surrounding fields mostly hold olive trees some that go back centuries. The village is interesting and beautiful and the views amazing. In Belver you’ll also find the soap museum (museu de Sabor) and the Belver dam (Baragem de Belver).

The castles opens every Sunday excluding the last Sunday of the month.

Beach and surf at Nazare

Nazare became world famous when Garrett McNamara, a famous surfer rode a 100ft World Record Wave in Nazare, Portugal. Before this happened Nazare was already a very popular beach for surfers as its a beach that generally has the highest waves.

Nazare’s highest waves are actually mostly concentrated around the Northern part of the beach, close the large cliff and big rocks.
Before Nazare’s surf fame it was one of the most successful fishing villages on the west coast and this traditional fishing and fisherman’s character is still to be seen everywhere.
Most of the old people still wear traditional clothes which are unique to Nazare and you’ll find many, many traditional restaurants, fish restaurants, traditional shops, places to stay and people offering you all kind of things, gently.

Even though Nazare has become a favourite spot for surf and beach tourists and you’ll meet them there all year round, we found very little that reminds of ‘tourist trap’. The people are very friendly, the restaurants good and the beach magnificent.

Parking is best done on the car-parks close to the centre, for swimming make sure you take the safety flags into consideration!
Surfers all know this beach so no explanations necessary!

Just to quote some of the remarks given on tripadvisor and so that we can give some better advice the silver coast in very different to the Algarve. It’s less touristic, the sea is wilder (Atlantic ocean) and quite fresh. The towns are much more traditional, it’s not inhabited by high rise hotels or mass tourism and it’s a much more authentic place to be, close to many monumental, historical towns and cities, amazing landscapes and breathtaking views. A wonderful place just like the Algarve but different. We love it on Go Discover Portugal!
Nazare is fantastic but not a place to go and expect small children to play safely in the waves most of the time. The waves are strong and big on this beach!

Beach at Vieira – praia de Vieira de Leiria

The beach Praia de Vieira de Leiria in the Leiria district is locally popular. It’s a long, reasonably deep beach with promenade close to the small town of Vieira.
The beach at Vieira and the village of Vieira are both famous for their traditional fishing methods and to this day they still fish in this manner.
When there are enough visitors to the town and the sea is safe enough, the boats will be brought out at 10.00 am and at roughly 14.00 pm the fisherman come back and sell the fresh fish.

This is an experience that will make beautiful memories and shows you how life close to the Portuguese shores was before modern times, equipment and laws. As well as this it keeps traditions in tact so they can passed to younger generations.

All along the promenade you’ll find restaurants, bars and café’s and on the southern part of the promenade many lovely, local and traditional fish restaurants. (Marisqueiras!) All in all a really nice town to visit or plan a great beach holiday!
The beach is also very popular with surfers

Sabores do Rio restaurant Montargil

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Sabores do Rio restaurant Montargil is a very interesting regional restaurant on the shores of the Montargil lake. The restaurant is popular both among locals and visitors to Montargil and it has an interesting regional Alentejo menu as well as some of the more famous national dishes.

The Sabores do Rio restaurant montargil is situated on the border of the lovely village of Montargil and during the summer months it has one of the largest outside terraces available in the district, in the winter you could find the fireplace a comforting addition to a great meal and a good regional choice of wines!

Some of the local dishes are enguias fritas which is a fried version of the famous local river eel or an even more famous ensopado enguias which is a bread stew with eal. Migas a local dish made of a sturdy bread, white beans, cabbage and olive oil that resembles another typical Portuguese dish called Magusto but is a little drier and tastier.

Sabores do Rio restaurant montargil also serve grilled fish and famous Portuguese meat dishes.

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Montargil, A first stop for a vacation in Alentejo

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montargil2 Barragem de Montargil is another lake in central Portugal caused by damming, earlier we’ve covered the second largest lake Castelo do bode 80 km north of Montargil. In this article we talk about another lake that differs in many ways from the Castelo do Bode but holds just as much opportunity for a great vacation in Central Portugal!

Montargil is the name of the small village in which the dam is situated. The name originates from the two words ‘Mont’ meaning mountain and ‘Argil’ which is the name of the clay type of which the mountain is made.

Montargil dam was created for irrigation purposes of the surrounding farm land of the river Sor and it was  completed in 1958

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Montargil Lake Alentejo
The lake area is surrounded by flat land with many access routes and a large choice of both natural landscapes and flora and fauna and beaches suitable for swimming, boating, canoeing and other water activities and it is a much loved place for recreation specifically in the summer months when the water temperature is pleasant.

montargil4The village of Montargil is built on a hill above the lake and has some awe inspiring views of the surrounding landscape. The village is part of the municipality of Ponte do Sor, A slightly larger and newer town 20 km to the North of Montargil. The town is named after the bridge in its centre that connects both sides of the river Sor. Montargil is more touristic than it’s municipal capital thanks to it’s position next to the lake.

Sabores do Rio MontargilMontargil has a couple of very interesting regional restaurants and some of it’s regional foods consist of Migas – a bread, beans, cabbage and olive oil mix that is generally used to accompany other dishes but is actually a fully nutritional and delicious vegetarian dish, Enguias – river eel made in various ways as a stew called Ensopada or fried and served with rice amongst many other fish and meat dishes.
Some of the nicest restaurants we found are

The Sabores com Alma right in the centre of Montargil next to the church. This restaurant serves regional dishes in a modern culinary atmosphere.

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Another restaurant right at the entry road from Ponte do Sor is Restaurant Sabores do Rio (the taste of the river) This restaurant is typically traditional and has a large selection of traditional and regional dishes. It’s typically local, very friendly and good home cooking styled restaurant

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One delicious regional pastry we found is the local Apple cake. Bolo de Maca from Montargil  A yummie sticky type of cake dough filled with pieces of Apple, carrot and walnut. It can be found in the pastry shops in the centre of Montargil.

Bolo de Maca, Montargil

Vinho e Tapas Bar Iguarias do Convento Tomar

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Iguarias do Convento Tomar e um Bar de Tapas e Petiscos onde existe uma variada seleção de Vinhos e loja de vinhos e produtos Gourmet, no centro histórico da cidade de Tomar. Durante a nossa visita de trabalho na cidade de Tomar, elegemos este espaço como o melhor bar de vinho e petiscos.
Servem Tapas internacionais e também os tradicionais petiscos portugueses bem como vinhos de elevada qualidade, tanto regionais bem como vinhos nacionais de outras regiões.

Este Bar de Vinhos e petiscos e uma loja que durante os dias quentes de verão dispõe de uma esplanada numa das ruas mais movimentadas a peões no centro histórico de Tomar.

Iguarias do Convento dispõe de uma excelente seleção de Petiscos e Tapas, um pouco diferente da maioria de estabelecimentos que servem Petiscos. Os vinhos são vendidos a copo ou a garrafa e os proprietários e restante staff são bastante prestáveis e verdadeiros conhecedores dos produtos que vendem e podem o/a aconselhar o que provar e experimentar.

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