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Abrantes Mini Guide
Please Can I Have Some Background Information?
Situated in the Santarem District of Portugal and located on a hill above the River Tagus, Abrantes is abundant in beautiful olive woods, gardens and vines. With a population of around 40,000, the city is divided in two with narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses in the historic centre and at the base of the hill top, modern apartment buildings, commercial and retail outlets. This area is known as the new town of Abrantes. It was the encampment of napoleon for four weeks during his Iberian campaign but the valiant townspeople, aided by the British, threw him out.
Where Can I Go?
For Portugese culture, the 15th century church of Santa Maria do Castelo is situated on the hilltop and Dom Lopo de Almeida Museum houses the tombs of the Almeida family, who were once Counts of Abrantes. The museum boasts a superb collection of Sevillian tiles, 15th century sculptures and 16th century paintings.Dom Lopo de Almeida Museum.
Just a short drive from Abrantes is the Castelo de Almourol. This castle is set on a tiny island in the Tagus River and can only be accessed by a boat trip across the river. It is said that the castle is haunted by the ghost of a princess sighing for the love of her slave. There are numerous leisure facilities in and around the city, including a sports stadium, an indoor and outdoor municipal pool, several parks and a river beach. São Lorenco Park is a nice place to relax and provides activities for children.
Are There Many Places to Eat Out?
In the city there are many cafes, bars and restaurants. Why not try the traditional Tigelades, which is Abrantes' famous egg based cake, or for an evening meal Cascata is a restaurant which serves international cuisine.
What Are My Transport Options?
The nearest airport is Lisbon Portela Airport
, which is just over 100km from Abrantes. Car hire is highly recommended to explore the breathtaking Tagus Valley, so why not call us at Rhinocarhire.com and speak to our Customer Services Team who will be more than happy to assist you with your car hire needs. Abrantes is easy to find, with access links off the A23, east-west dual carriageway. The city has a bus station and a train station which operates regional and national services.
Where Can I Shop?
There is a good selection of supermarkets in Abrantes, including Lidl and also a weekly market for traditional Portugese shopping.
Where Can I Stay?
There is a wide variety of accommodation to suit every budget, including manor houses, hotels and hostels.
- Whilst you may have hired a car to see the region along the Tagus River, Abrantes is best explored on foot. It is said to have the finest floral displays in all of Portugal so have your camera ready.
- Don't miss the events being hosted in Abrantes around the Easter celebrations. The last week of March will see processions, a town party to which all are invited where you'll see dancers in traditional costume and bonfires and fireworks. Not to be missed!