Top ChoiceMuseum in Santarém

Casa Museu Passos Canavarro

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...

Top ChoicePortuguese in Santarém

Taberna do Quinzena

The theme of this fabulous, atmospheric neighbourhood hang-out is forcadeiros (Portuguese bullfighters), and it celebrates these through its posters, photos and paraphernalia. But as far as the cuisine goes –...

Top ChoiceGardens in Santarém

Jardim das Portas do Sol

Occupying the site of the Moorish citadel, the Portas do Sol garden offers utterly majestic views over the Rio Tejo and the great spread of plains emanating from it. The garden’s shady walks make a fine option...

Portuguese in Santarém

Taberna O Balcão

This place has the flavour of Ribatejo, from traditional Portugal recipes to modern dishes such as a Black Angus burger. The decor – a mix of modern and old – is done with flair: marble-topped tables, ceramic...

Tapas in Santarém


Bright, fun and contemporary, this loosely Spanish-themed bar attracts a trendy, younger crowd. It does innovative petiscos, high on presentation and taste from its open kitchen. Most of the socialising goes on...

Church in Santarém

Igreja de Marvila

Dating from the 12th century but with 16th-century additions, this endearing little church has a fine, twisted Manueline doorway, while the interior is completely awash in brilliant, dramatically patterned...

Church in Santarém

Igreja da Santa Maria Graça

This early-15th-century church, with its delicately carved facade of multilayered arches, is a Santarém jewel. Inside, a rose window spills light across the beautifully spare interior of stone columns and white...

Museum in Santarém

Museu Diocesano de Santarém

This small but excellent museum, in a former Jesuit college adjoining the cathedral, holds a lovely collection of restored religious artworks from its diocese. Around 200 works span the 13th to 19th centuries,...

Cathedral in Santarém

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

This baroque, 17th-century Jesuit church, built on the site of the former royal palace, looms over the town’s most impressive square, Praça Sá da Bandeira. The church now serves as the town’s cathedral. Inside is...

Portuguese in Santarém


Informal and cosy, this is Santarém's most foodie-friendly restaurant, where chef Andre churns out jazzed up petiscos and heavier plates based on traditional recipes but with a more gourmand focus alongside fine...

Bar in Santarém

Ponto G

A friendly, bearded beer lover runs Santarém's refuge from commercial lagers, which features eight or so German and Belgian beers on draught along with another 150 in bottles, including a rotating menu of 30 or...

Portuguese in Santarém

Taberna e Mercearia Sebastião

This 19th-century grocer's shop has had a sympathetic modern refit and now presents a cool, characterful, intimate space. You can eat well here – good three-pepper steak, octopus à lagareiro (with olive oil,...

Fair in Santarém

Feira Nacional da Agricultura

Promoting agricultural and food products, this is famous nationwide for its merriment, concerts, horse races, bullfights and night-time bull-running. It lasts 10 days in the first half of June and mostly takes...

Portuguese in Santarém

O Saloio

This cosy, tiled, family-friendly tasca (tavern) is a neighbourhood favourite thanks to its simple and authentic Portuguese dishes. Drop your inhibitions and discover the local specialities, best eaten in the...

Monastery in Santarém

Convento de São Francisco

This restored 13th-century Franciscan monastery is a fine example of Portuguese Gothic. Especially lovely is the cloister, with graceful twinned columns and arches. It's also a venue for temporary exhibitions.

Food & Drink in Santarém

Festival Nacional de Gastronomia

Held over a fortnight in October/November at the Casa do Campino, the Festival Nacional de Gastronomia encourages you to eat as much traditional Portuguese fare as you can.

Arts & Crafts in Santarém

A Arte e As Coises

With more discerning taste than most, artist Paulo Baptista picks out the best of regional handicrafts as well as hawks his own creations fashioned from natural materials.