Presentation of the destination
Portugal is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. The country is divided into five regions, including 18 districts, as well as the islands of Madeira and Azores. The region of Norte is known for its moist and cool climate and lush vegetation, while central Portugal with the Serra da Estrela mountain range is a popular winter sports paradise. The Lisboa region is the largest metropolitan area in Portugal with numerous attractions in the area. The Alentejo area includes the coastal region and wide olive groves. In southern Portugal there is the beautiful Algarve region. Over 26% of the mainland belongs to the RegiÃ £ o Centro, here is also the small town and the municipality (district) Abrantes on the Tagus River with about 15,000 inhabitants. The former Moorish town was conquered by King Afonso Henriques in 1148, today it is a trade center with a particularly fertile agricultural region. The metalworking industry also plays an important role in Abrantes. The typical craftsmanship in this area is the weaving of baskets, weaving and potting. The city is known for its sweet delicacies, which include delicious cakes, eggs and pasta. Among the city's main attractions are the Aquapolis Water Park, a karting track, the beautiful Lorenzo Park, various churches and chapels, and the impressive Abrantes Fort.
Points of interests / things to see
Fatima is located 130 km from the capital Lisbon and is very close to Abrantes. It is the main pilgrimage site of the Roman Catholic Church. This region originally belonged to the Moors and was conquered by Portuguese with Christian faith in 1147. There are several different legends surrounding the name Fatima. Every year more than four million pilgrims visit this religious site. A stay in Fatima is a lifelong memory and is a very intense experience even for non-believers. Allegedly, three shepherd children in this place had a Marian apparition in 1917 and were instructed to come back every 13th day of each month. This mysterious female figure is known today as the Virgin of Fatima. Only five months later, she appeared in front of about 70,000 people. Pope John Paul II visited Fatima several times, and there is also a gilded pistol ball that was operated on by his severe injury during the world-famous assassination of his body. In addition to the pilgrimage site, Fatima has the beautiful Chapel of the Virgin Mary, a relatively new Trinity Church, the basilica and the tombs of the 3 shepherd children. The sick are usually blessed after the main mass at 10 o'clock. It is reported by countless healings of various diseases through these special blessings.
Almeirim is located only a few kilometers from Abrantes and is known by the Portuguese as the capital of the Sopa de Pedra (stone soup). Supposedly a hungry monk settled down to cook a soup from a stone. Since he did not get anything to eat from the villagers, he put his own pot of water and a stone in it on the fire. The certainly very intelligent monk then explained to the curious onlookers what ingredients one could add to the flavor, gradually adding salt, sausage, and vegetables as side dishes until he could make a complete soup out of it , This soup is appreciated throughout the region as a special specialty. But the honeydew melons and the typical wine from this area are appreciated by local visitors and tourists. The city used to be a hugely popular aristocratic hunting ground, building its feudal dwelling-houses and royal palaces here. Here found, inter alia. the weddings of Emperor Charles V with Isabella of Portugal in 1526, as well as the wedding and celebration of Philip II (the Spanish King) with the 16 year old Maria of Portugal in 1543. Among the most beautiful sights Almeirim is home to the sources of San Roque and Largo dos Namorados, the main church, as well as the portico of the Ribeira de Muge palace.
The university city of Coimbra is located on the Mondego River and has about 145,000 inhabitants. A few years ago, it was proclaimed the Portuguese Capital of Culture and is the most important city in the central region. Here is also the Aerodromo Municipal, the regional Bissaya Barreto airport. The distance to the state capital is about 200 km, the commercial city of Porto is about 50 km closer. Coimbra University is a UNESCO heritage site, founded in 1290 and one of the oldest buildings in the city. Among the most famous tourist attractions in Coimbra are the interesting old town, the beautiful Se Nova Cathedral, the Botanical Gardens, the Teatro Gil Vicente and the aqueduct Arcos do Jardim. In the local community museum, the city's history is explained to visitors with interesting audiovisual portrayals. This includes a tour of the Torre de Almedina, a defensive tower built into the city walls. Regular events in Coimbra include the annual film festival, the traditional Lazaros market just before Easter, and the Queima Fitas student festival in May, which adds up to a week's worth of street parades and daily live concerts in the city park long takes place here. Popular souvenirs from Coimbra are, by the way, the typical porcelain plates, which are decorated with beautiful medieval motifs.
The Portuguese city of Viseu is linked to Europe by the most important intercity links and is an important transportation hub in the center of the country. Visitors and tourists especially appreciate the excellent shopping facilities in the numerous shopping centers. In the city center is the well-known Forum Viseu, but also the eight-storey shopping center Palacio do Gelo is highly appreciated by the Portuguese and tourists. One of the main attractions is the Funicular de Viseu, a cable car that brings its passengers for free from the historic city center to the church square of the cathedral at 400 m. A great experience is a carriage ride through the city center, where you can easily get to know the main attractions. Anyone interested in church art should not miss a visit to the Museu de Arte Sacra. The museum is housed in the cathedral and contains a valuable relic, considerable collections of goblets and silverware, as well as 13th century treasure chests. The Se Viseu Cathedral, by the way, was the king's church of this land, so you can find numerous royal coats of arms on the walls. The ruins of the former fortress Cava de Viriato, as well as the beautiful building of the Viiriato Theater and the Town Hall are other interesting sights of this city. In the area there are well-laid trails for hikers through mountainous forests with remarkable megaliths.
The Portuguese town of Ferreira do Zázere is mainly known for its numerous water sports. This area of the former Knights Templar on the Zázere River was named a small town by King Dom João III, also known as the Pious. Today, Ferreira do Zázere is known as the capital of eggs, as it is the largest omelette in the world and the Turkish record of just under 2,000 kg was beaten by the Portuguese. The giant omelette weighed in at 6,466 kg, using about 7 tons of eggs, 500 liters of oil, and a 10-meter-diameter pan. The small village of Dornes is mainly known for the large town festival with numerous candle moves, as well as for the Passion Play, which take place at a 3 km long Way of the Cross and take place every 2 years in Dornes. Among the most important sights in Dornes include the pentagonal belfry from the Middle Ages, as well as the 1285 built church of Nossa Senhora do Pranto, which can have really worth seeing figures from the 15th century. The beautiful church built on behalf of Queen Elizabeth of Portugal is the destination of the Way of the Cross in the Passion Play.
The small Portuguese town of Alcanena lies on the way to Fatima between the famous Grutas (caves) Mira Daire and Santo Antonio, and is about 30 km from Santarem, the capital of the district. Part of the well-known Parque Natural Natural Park is the Serras de Aire e Candeeiros, home to a significant Jurrasik Park. Alcanena was originally an Arab settlement dealing with leather manufacturing. The Gruta dos Moinhos Velhos is the most important cave in the country and has been a National Heritage Site for years. Of this cave complex, discovered in 1947, only about 8,000 meters have been excavated so far.
The castle of Abrantes, also known as a fortress, is located on a hill on the banks of the Tagus River and belongs to the tourist region of the Templars. Founded in 1118, the Templar Order is a knightly order that unites the ideals of monks with chivalry. The castle was destroyed several times over the centuries by earthquakes and wars. Inside the complex stands the well-preserved Santa Maria do Castelo church, which houses an interesting museum. The ruins of the former Palace of the Marquises of Abrantes still display the grandeur of the architectural Baroque elements. From here you have a magnificent view of the river and the surrounding area.
If you are interested in railways, you should not miss a visit to the small Portuguese railway company Entroncamento. The town was built around the junctions of the Lisbon-Porto and Linha do Leste railway lines in 1864. Since then, Entroncamento, which means turnoff or branching in German, has been geared mainly to railways. Worth seeing is the Museu Natioal Ferroviario, open from 14â € "17.30 with daily tours, the main repair and repair works, the local railway tracks, as well as the marshalling yard. Since 2008 there is also a new locomotive shed in Entroncamento.
In this place, which was called Aritium Vetus during the Roman period, it was said that in 37 AD, the inhabitants at that time made an oath to the Roman emperor Caligula, as can be seen from a stone inscription. A trip is also worthwhile because of the beautiful mansion and today's Hotel Solar de Alvega from the 17th century, as well as the Casa Branca chapel. The Rodo Ferroviaria Bridge over the Rio Tejo connects Alvega to Mouriscas, where there is a featured Marian Chapel with a surprising petition from a British noble family. Both places, Alvega and Mouriscas, still belong to Abrantes.
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How to get there ?
By bus: From Lisbon you can take various buses to Abrantes. The city is also linked to the express bus network, and most German cities offer good bus connections to Abrantes. By train: Abrantes is on the Linjha da Beira Baixa train line. The main train runs from Lisbon to Abrantes and continues to Guarda, 240 km away. By car: Via the A23 motorway, Abrantes is the capital of Lisbon, 122km away Car in about 90 minutes easy to reach. The A23 is part of the E 802 and E 806 European roads. By Plane: The nearest airport to Abrantes is the Lisbon International Portals Airport, located on the A12 motorway extension. From the airport it is approximately 135 km to Abrantes. By boat: There are mainly boat connections across the Tagus River to the cities of Barreiro, Montijo, Seixal, Trafaria, Belem and Cais do Sodré.
Abrantes city hall
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