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Santiago do Cacem

Santiago do Cacem

This is a place with a wealthy history, a great architectonic patrimony and archeological and with stunning landscapes that invite you to discover it.

Located around 17km from the sea, it has a very ancient historic centre where besides the main Church and the Castle there are several streets where you can see manor houses and more modest homes.

A top attraction are the Mirobriga roman ruins that are proof that there was people in the area more than 25 centuries ago.

What to do in Santiago do Cacem:

  • Castle: Classified as National Monument, this castle is a fortification of Moorish origin later rebuilt by the Christians. On the 7th century it became Portugal’s property and was managed by the Knights of the “Ordem de Santiago”.  You can also visit the chapel of St. Peter, a 16th century construction standing on the castle slopes.
  • Main Church: A church of gothic origin rebuilt following the great earthquake of 1755. Don’t miss the notable Reliquary of the Holy Cross offered by the Byzantine princess Vetácia, and the gothic low relief offered to the princess by queen Saint Isabel.
  • Municipal Museum: The old gaol has been very well remodelled and it now houses the Municipal Museum with its wonderful archaeological collections – from Miróbriga, such as frescoes, in addition to other archaeological objects found by rural workers in their fields and donated to the Museum. There is also an ethnographic section that shows typical dwelling places of the region.
  • Quinta do Chafariz: A very pleasant recreational space especially dedicated to families.
  • “Quintinha” Windmill: Standing on a hill overlooking Santiago do Cecém, it was totally rebuilt by the town council. On days with a fair wind you can see the traditional milling of cereals.
  • Mirobriga: Archaeological station of great importance. It is thought to have been a fortified Celtic settlement as from the 4th century BC and it was then largely Romanised after the 1st century AD. You can visit the ruins of the Shrine to Venus and Aesculapius, the Spa and the Hippodrome (1km away). The Baths, well-built using marble and decorated with frescoes, would have served the local population and particularly the pilgrims visiting the Shrine.
  • Lagoa de Stº André: Close by the sea lies the Santo André Lagoon, an excellent place for windsurfing. In addition to its wealth of fish, a large variety of water birds are also to be found. Those with a love for beautiful places just to “sit and think”, can rest at will in this peaceful spot. Then there are the beaches, with their fine white sands, several kilometers to stroll along.
  • Cercal do Alentejo: Here you can visit some ancient mines: Cercal, Rosalgar e Serra das Tulhas, where the first findings are from 1874. Visit also the main Church and the “Ermida da Fonte Santa”.
  • Ermidas do Sado: On this lovely location take place the “Santa Maria” festivity, one of the council’s most important festivities. The locals decorate the streets with colourful festoons on the occasion of the festival, with its bazaars, shows, dancing and religious ceremonies, which include a mass and the procession.
  • Nature: It is indeed one of the main attractions of Santiago do Cacem. The landscape diversity allows that many activities can be made, from walking tours, mountain biking, birdwatching, photography, windsurf, etc.
  • Festivities: It is mainly on Summer time that the big festivities take place, being of a religious theme or national days commemorations.
  • “Santiagro”: It is the name of a major Horse Fair that takes place since 1988, one of the most important events in the region where highlight goes to the horse and equestrian practices.
  • Gastronomy and Wines: Local cooking is a fortunate combination of Alentejan traditions and of coastal produce. The fish stew and the eel stew, the game dishes, the pork and fried bread gaps, the Alentejan bread and coriander soup complete with its poached egg, and the cheese are just some of the dishes to be found in the region. As far as sweets are concerned, don’t miss the alcomonias, those delicious cakes made using pine kernels, flour and honey. The wines from the Conquerors and Cebolal estates are notable. Don’t miss the chance to taste the wonderful wines of this region produced on the Conqueiros or the Cebolal Wine Cellars.
  • Workmanship: The workmanship of this location is very rich, especially the pottery and art tiles. You can notice nowadays the mixture between the traditional and the modern.

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We invite you to also spend some of your vacations and holidays time visiting Arrábida Hills.

We invite you to visit Setubal and to visit  Portugal.

Just take your flight to Faro airport or Lisbon Airport, reserve accommodations,hotel , choose a restaurant and activities and welcome to Portugal Dream Coast.

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