Towns and Villages


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  1. Avis
    Towns and Villages
    This picturesque Alentejo town, composed of narrow streets and white limewashed houses, holds within it the memory of the old and powerful Military Order of Avis. After the town had been captured from the Moors in 1211, the land was given by the (...)

  2. Azambuja
    Towns and Villages
    Founded by the Romans and named Oliastrum, Azambuja was occupied by the Moors, who called it "Azzabuja", the origin of its present name. In the 12th century, King Dom Sancho I, aided by the Knights of Flanders, drove the Arabs out of this region and (...)

  3. AzeitaoLoc
Photo: Paulo Ribeiro
    Towns and Villages
    Situated in the Nature Reserve of the Serra da Arrábida, the Azeitão area includes various characteristic villages, in particular Vila Fresca and Vila Nogueira , which adopted the names of the quintas (country houses/estates) around which they (...)

  4. Baião
    Towns and Villages
    This is a very ancient territory taking its name from the Christian warrior D. Arnaldo de Bayan or Bayão, who conquered the region from the Moors in the tenth century. The countryside´s distinctive features are influenced by the River Douro and (...)

  5. Barcelos
    Towns and Villages
    After crossing the old bridge over the River Cávado, we enter into one of the most emblematic cities of popular Minho art, Barcelos.Is an ancient city, situated in an area that has archaeological remains dating back to prehistoric times, although it (...)

  6. Towns and Villages
    Raised to the category of town in the 16th century, the original nucleus of the village of Barreiro was composed of various fishermen from the Algarve, who settled here and worked in the barra (river mouth) of the port of Lisbon, and hence were (...)

  7. Batalha
    Towns and Villages
    The town of Batalha developed alongside the Monastery of Santa Maria de Vitória, constructed in 1386 to keep a vow by Portuguese King Dom João I to the Virgin Mary that he would build it if Portugal defeated Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota on (...)

  8. Beja
    Towns and Villages
    The site of modern Beja has been occupied since the beginning of modern history. However, it was the Roman empire that most contributed to its early development. It was here, in 1 bc that Emperor Julius Cesar signed a peace treaty with the (...)

  9. Belmonte
    Towns and Villages
    All roads in this ancient settlement - its first charter was granted by king Sancho I in 1199- lead up to the hilltop granite castle. A document dated 1258 describes the construction: the lofty donjon, walls, bulwarks and the noble residence. (...)

  10. Benavente
    Towns and Villages
    The village of Benavente originates from a group of foreign colonists who settled on the south bank of the Tagus in the 13th century, according to a plan drawn up by King Dom Sancho I for the settlement of these lands, which were practically (...)


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