The Cristo Convent is one of the greatest works in the history of Portuguese art and has received World Heritage status. It was originally the seat of the Knights Templar, which in Portugal was later transformed into the Ordem de Cristo. Infante D. Henrique, adviser on the Portuguese Discoveries, was governor of the Ordem de Cristo. And the Convent was rebuilt by King D. Manuel I, who gave it all its architectural grandeur.
Near the Convent, visit the romantic Mata dos Sete Montes. It’s ideal for a relaxed walk, as is Mouchão Park.
The gardens of this park, cool and picturesque, are located in the centre of town, near the banks of the River Nabão.
However, there is much else to see, not least the Gothic churches of Santa Maria do Olival and São João Baptista.
Not far from town is an equally beautiful place – the Castelo de Bode reservoir, where you can take a tranquil cruise with lunch on board or, if you’re feeling more active, you can opt for a variety of water sports.