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A Timeless Escape Close to Lisbon

Torres Novas is a historic town located in the Santarém district of central Portugal


Known for its rich cultural heritage and picturesque landscapes, the town offers a blend of historical attractions, natural beauty, and a charming local atmosphere

The centrality and road and rail accessibility of the municipality are fundamental axes in the development of the local and regional economy, with an increasing correlation between the agricultural, services, and industrial sectors


Torres Novas is a town that beautifully blends its rich historical past with modern development, offering a unique glimpse into the history and culture of central Portugal

During the Roman occupation, the town was an important settlement. The Roman ruins of Vila Cardílio, located near Torres Novas, showcase a Roman villa with intricate mosaics and artifacts, indicating a prosperous community


In the early Middle Ages, the region was under Moorish control. The name "Torres Novas" (New Towers) likely originated from this period, referencing fortifications in the area


Numerous episodes in the History of Portugal are connected to Torres Novas, whose founding dates back to 1190, when the charter was granted by King Sancho I. The heart of the city is naturally its castle, a fortress of medieval military architecture and a National Monument since 1910, surrounded by eleven towers which are associated with the evolution of the name Torres Novas

Things to visit in Torres Novas

From exploring historical sites to immersing yourself in nature and enjoying culinary delights, Torres Novas offers a diverse range of activities for visitors to enjoy and experience

Castle of Torres Novas

The castle dates back to the 12th century, during the period of Christian Reconquest in Portugal. It was strategically built to defend the region and control the surrounding territory.

Roman Ruins

Vila Cardílio comprises the remains of a Roman villa, showcasing elements of ancient Roman architecture and lifestyle. Visitors can explore the ruins of the villa, which include remnants of mosaics, architectural structures, and artifacts such as pottery and coins

Torres Novas Museum

The museum aims to preserve, promote, and celebrate the history and identity of Torres Novas. Offers a captivating journey through the history, culture, and heritage of the town and its surrounding region

Igreja da Misericórdia

The Igreja da Misericórdia was built in the Baroque style during the 16th and 17th centuries, reflecting the architectural trends of the period. Inside, visitors can admire the richly decorated interior, with gilded altars, elaborate paintings, and sculptures depicting religious motifs


Torres Novas boasts natural beauty, including the Almonda river with extensive cave networks, home to Portugal's oldest human fossil


Nearby, the Paul do Boquilobo wetlands, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, teem with aquatic plants and bird colonies


The city also lies within the Natural Park of Serras de Aire e Candeeiros, home to the Dinosaur Footprints Natural Monument, dating back 175 million years

Torres Novas offers abundant outdoor activities for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike hiking and nature trails, cycling, rock climbing or kayaking or canoeing on the almonda river


Local and regional gastronomy is an attraction in itself, drawing visitors to the region. Highlights include homemade bread with sheep cheese or rice pudding sausage as starters. The traditional soup is cabbage with beans, celebrated in an annual gastronomic festival


Main courses include "requentado" with roasted cod, fisherman's migas, Boquilobo eels, "fataça" fish cooked in a clay pot, and oven-roasted kid goat


For dessert, there are options like "bolo de cabeça" cake, "merendeiras" pastries made with limpets, almond sweet, and "figuinho" sweets from Torres Novas


The most appreciated local drinks include fig brandy, homemade red wine, and "abafado de Soudos," highlighting the region's rich wine culture

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