The municipal market of Santarem is both an historical site as a fully functional local produce market.
The market before 1928 was without conditions and run outdoor. In those days as in the current time, the farmers from the surrounding districts would come here to sell their produce.
In 1928 the Portuguese architect famous architect, Cassiano Branco, mostly known for his design of Café Imperio and the Hotel Britânia in Lisbon finished the new covered municipal market. The market is a good example of modernist architecture but especially interesting because of its 19th century tile panels all around the building.
The panels give images of the surrounding Ribatejo and its methods of production, it’s architecture and nature from this time much of it still relevant today.
The market is open every week day until 12 and sells fruit, veg, fish, meat and plants all regional and some biological. It’s always a bustling place to go to buy good Portuguese produce and taste local life and traditions.