Casa Museu Passos Canavarro

Top choice museum in Santarém

Right by the Portas do Sol and sharing some of the same privileged views, this is a unique place to visit for lovers of art and beauty. The historic house, once home to 19th-century liberal politician Passos Manuel, is stocked with artistic treasures and curios, from Japanese furniture and netsuke (miniature sculptures) to 16th-century maps and collections of 20th-century art.

But the best part about it is that you are shown around by the multilingual, urbane and delightful owner-inhabitant, a direct descendant of Passos and an art historian among other things, and it's his personal explanations and love for the items in his home that make this such an enchanting place to visit.