❤ Your Trip planner
Bespoke travel to Portugal - Booking & Infoline Open 7 days a week 09.00 - 21.00 Call +351 918354714 or contact us





FavoriteLoadingAdd to planner!

Constancia, were the Tagus and Zezere rivers meet

Constancia, once the home of the famous writer Luis Camoes.
Constância is a small town rich in history, it stands on the shores of what were once the mighty Zezere and Tagus rivers, due to damming in the last century the rivers have become smaller and less treacherous.

The Zezere is a favorite spot for both swimmers and fishers and both rivers are very popular for canoeing.

Contancia has a small, unobserved beach that is much visited by locals, mostly the water is shallow and warm but when the dam of the Castelo do Bode opens the water rises and becomes cold and treacherous.
Most of the time, when the dam is not open it’s one of the best places to be on hot days and the opening of the dam ensures clean, cooler waters that can be enjoyed only a few hours later.

When the dam opens it’s not safe to swim in, but during these times you’ll find plenty of bars, restaurants and things to do and see in Constancia.

 

Luís de Camões

Contancia was once the home of the renaissance writer Luís de Camões and although most of the world, outside of Portugal, will strangly not have heard of him he ranks with Shakespeare and Dante as one amongst the most prominent of renaissance writers. He had a impressive life in which he travelled more than any other renaissance writer.Most of his works have been translated to English and they make interesting even extraordinary reading and give an extended view to Portugal’s rich cultural past.

His life, just like Shakespeare’s, is full of mystery and there are few proven facts.
And just like Shakespeare he speaks to our romantic souls and our fascination with drama and passion.

his twenties he served as a soldier in North Africa, loosing an eye to the Berbers and later, held administrative posts in both India and Macao, most of his writings he would have done abroad as he spent most time there.
He spent quite some time in jail for not fulfilling debts
Many of his poems are inspired by his great love Catarina after her death.

There is evidence that he spent some time in Punhete, the original name of Constancia, from the elegy “O Sulmonense Ovídio, desterrado”. Some scholars claim that he may have been born there.

Whatever the truth is, his presence has left a mark on this place and it’s people, that you will possibly share just by walking through its medieval winding streets that take you from the river to the old church and chapel on the mountain to sit and take in it’s exquisite views over the Tagus and surrounding countryside.

“Wipe away, with death, the day of my birth; may it be forgotten forever, and never come back in the sweep of time.

And if it ever returns, eclipse the sun and blacken the earth. Let all light fade and disappear.

Let wild omens reveal that everything must die. Let monsters be born. Let blood rain from the sky. Let every mother not recognize her child. Let all the stunned and terrified people, with tears streaking down their faces, pale and worn, believe their world is doomed and overthrown.

You, frightened people, accept these wonders and fears, for this was the wretched day on which was born the most miserable life that ever was known.”
-translated from the Portuguese by William Bauer, 2005 Luís de Camões

read more in Portugal magazine!

Azinhaga, home of Jose Saramago

Mindfulness Portugal for corporate travel

Coastering, Canyoning and other exiting climbing adventures in Portugal

The food of Portugal has roots, background and history. And a new tendency, Traditional Gourmet

Sailing in Portugal, learning to sail, sailing regattas, team building and individual sailing

Team building and group events, Active water discoveries of Castelo do Bode

District of Leiria – beaches, architecture and mountain retreats

Film Team Building Portugal for corporations and events

Montargil, A first stop for a vacation in Alentejo

An introduction to Lisbon, city of 7 steep hills covered in light

Portugal “out of season”

Active and adventurous Portugal – leisure activities & extreme sports, find and book!

Discover Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range on mainland Portugal

Beach events Lisbon, corporate, team building and private celebrations





We provide bespoke, made to measure solutions for group and corporate travel to Portugal. Accommodation, Activities, Event spaces, Team building, Catering, Restaurants and Transfers are our specialties. See here some of our Customers for Corporate events

Airbnb USA alcep Event management France Antena1 Romania Television Ashfield healthcare meetings and events Procter & Gamble Switzerland
Royal Canadian navy forces Laurence B Events, Cannes, France BravoSolution Procurement North Sails USA Lifestyle DMC, Spain
severalnines Deloitte MI GSO particular Multicert
ikea hovione Riverbed, The Netherlands Handels Route, Nederland Southwark city council UK
Cisco Systems, London & Portugal Oliver IT, The Netherlands The Bachelor, Antena TV Viavi Solutions, UK Ibeworld Events, Spain
River side Europe Entero Germany Associacao Escoteiros Portugal Tabaqueira | A Philip Morris International Affiliate TVI Portuguese television
Banco Bai de Angola Voetbal club Estoril Amaris consultancy, Barcelona, Spain Avant investments Czech Republic BMW Portugal
AMC MArketing & Communication, Germany Indigo Destination management, Malaga Neves de Almeida, HR consultancy, Lisbon macdonalds Shell
Google+

All content, design and photo's on this site are protected by copyright © All material is our property, we do not allow and will not tolerate any duplication on the internet or on printed matter, without our written consent! Go discover Portugal 2012 - 2016, all articles in the magazine are written by Debora Afonso and may not be used, reproduced other than for personal reference