Top things to do in Santarém

Top Choice Museum 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 Manuel,…
Top Choice Portuguese 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 – look at…
Top Choice Gardens in Santarém

Jardim das Portas do Sol

Occupying the site of the Moorish citadel, the Portas do Sol garden proffers 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 for…
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 beef hamburger. The decor – a mix of modern and old – is done with flair: marble-topped tables, cerami…
Tapas in Santarém

Tascá

Bright, fun and contemporary, this loosely Spanish-themed bar attracts a trendy, younger crowd. It does innovative petiscos (tapas), high on presentation and taste from its open kitchen. Most of the socialising goes…
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 azulejos …
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 wall…
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 and de…
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 a …
Portuguese in Santarém

Pigalle

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