Welcome, lovers of historical beauty and medieval charms. Today, we embark on a journey through time to discover a destination that seems to be straight out of the pages of a fairy tale: Santarém, Portugal. In this city, history and art are so passionately intertwined that you will fall in love at first sight. So, get ready to explore the cobblestone streets of this medieval gem on our trip with Tour Travel & More. Check out our private tours here!
A Glimpse of History
Santarém, situated on the banks of the majestic Tagus River, is a city with history under its skin. Founded by the Romans, this Portuguese gem became an important enclave during the Middle Ages, a time when knights-errant and damsels in distress roamed its cobbled streets.
One of the highlights of Santarém is its well-preserved historic centre, which will take you straight back in time. Its medieval walls, Gothic churches and cobbled squares will make you feel as if you have stepped back in time.
An Artistic Tour
Santarém is much more than just a historic city; it is an oasis of art in all its forms. From Gothic architecture to Renaissance sculptures, the city breathes creativity.
St. Clare’s Church: We begin our journey at this impressive Gothic church dating back to the 13th century. Its interior is adorned with intricate details that will take your breath away. The main chapel, with its impressive altar carved in gilded wood, is a testament to the artistic genius of the period.
Convent of San Francisco: This 13th century monastery is a perfect example of Portuguese Gothic architecture. Explore its corridors and discover the frescoes and tiles that tell the history of the city and its connection to Portugal’s maritime discoveries.
Portas do Sol viewpoint: Don’t miss the breathtaking panoramic views of the city and the Tagus River from this viewpoint. It is an ideal place to contemplate the beauty of Santarém and let your soul be filled with inspiration.
Gastronomy of the Region
The art in Santarém is also found in its cuisine. The region is known for its delicious traditional Portuguese food. Be sure to try the sopa da pedra, a meat and bean stew that is said to have originated with a mendicant monk who cooked a stone to attract the generosity of the locals. You should also try the region’s fresh cheese, Azeitão cheese, and, of course, the famous pastel de nata (cream cakes).
If you are lucky enough to visit Santarém during one of its cultural events, you will experience art and tradition at its best. Holy Week is especially spectacular, with processions and religious performances that will immerse you in the devotion and art of the city.
Planning your visit
To fully enjoy the magic of Santarém, we recommend planning your visit during spring or autumn, when the weather is pleasant and the crowds are less dense. The town is easily accessible from Lisbon, just 65 kilometres to the north, making it a perfect excursion from the Portuguese capital.
Staying in the heart of the old town will allow you to immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the city. The charming boutique hotels and guesthouses offer an authentic experience that you will be unlikely to forget.
Santarém, Portugal, is a destination that will truly make you fall in love with art and history. Its medieval streets invite you to lose yourself in the past, while its works of art inspire you to explore creativity in all its forms. With its delicious gastronomy and exciting cultural events, this captivating place should be on any cultural travel lover’s list.
So, are you ready to lose your heart in Santarém? Tour Travel & More is ready to help you plan the adventure of a lifetime in this medieval city full of art and charm. Don’t hesitate to contact us to start planning your next trip to this Portuguese jewel – see you soon, avid travellers of art and culture!