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Tourism in the Region

The region

Soure, a region privileged for its natural beauty

Soure is a Portuguese village in the District of Coimbra, in the Center region and sub-region of Baixo Mondego, capital of a municipality with 270 km2 and with a population of 20 thousand inhabitants.

 

Geographically the Municipality of Soure has two areas with very different characteristics:

 

• The Serrana area, which is part of the Sicó sub-region, consists of the parishes of Tapéus, Degracias and Pombalinho. The production of quality cheese remains one of the characteristic activities. Also noteworthy is the operation of limestone extraction units and an industrial unit for roasting dried fruits.

 

• The rest of the municipality, which is flatter, dominated by the alluvial basins of the Anços, Arunca and Pranto rivers, with greater soil richness and a greater proximity to the main communication axes of the region and the country, naturally, has presented a higher index of development, based on a diversified framework of activities at the sectoral level.

 

You can also taste the varied gastronomic offer of the twelve parishes in the municipality of Soure.

Regional Gastronomy

In the center of Portugal, where green forests coexist and some of the oldest historical-archaeological remains in the country, we find great itineraries to explore.

Lamprey is the most famous delicacy in the region, giving its name to rice and deserving a festival that is organized around February / March each year. In addition to lamprey, river fish and other specialties are common.

 

You will also be able to taste the varied offer of conventual sweets that history has been in charge of bringing up to the present day. An exponent of the gastronomy of the Center of Portugal is the suckling pig from Bairrada, accompanied with sparkling wine from the same region.

 

And how to forget the famous Pastéis de Lorvão, delicious examples of the conventual sweets from the Lorvão region, and the Lampatana, a dish made from sheep meat, since time immemorial a gastronomic specialty in the municipality of Mortágua.

Points of interest

Here are some suggestions for points of interest in the region:

Discover the main points of interest in Soure. Museums, monuments, buildings of interest, historic towns and villages. Enrich the view in the parks and gardens of Soure, in the viewpoints, natural parks and protected areas. Cool off in the nearby river pools and beaches. Here are some highlights that you should not miss.

Museu Portugal Romano em Sicó - POROS
Portugal Romano Museum in Sicó - POROS

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Palácio de Sotto Maior
Palace of Sotto Maior

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Ruínas de Conímbriga
Ruins of Conímbriga

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Soure Municipal Museum

 

Museum space with permanent collections of archaeological remains from the Neolithic, Iron Age, Roman times, Middle Ages and modern times.

 

Its collection includes a sarcophagus from a Roman mausoleum, found in the necropolis of the Church of Santa Maria de Finisterra, and an ancient landmark, which marked the Roman route from Olissipo to Conímbriga.

São Tiago Mother Church

 

Completed in August 1490, this Gothic temple was built by D. Manuel, at a time when he was still Duke of Beja and administrator of the Order of Christ.

 

Among its notable elements are a beautiful sculpture of Nossa Senhora de Finisterra and another of São Tiago. The altarpiece of the Capela do Sacramento was designed by João de Ruão, an important sculptor of the Coimbra Renaissance.

Ruins of Soure Castle

 

Although Roman and Moorish fortifications are admitted to the site, it is most likely that this castle was built in the 11th century. It belonged to the orders of the Templars (who had their headquarters here) and of Christ, being the target of several demolitions and reconstructions over the centuries, until finally passing to the possession of the autarchy.

 

This castle originally had four towers, one of which was dynamited in 1880, by order of the city, for threatening ruin, today only one is complete. It has a kind of rough construction, as if it had been built in a hurry, using all kinds of materials available.

Conímbriga

 

The Conímbriga region 14 km de Soure, in the face of archaeological evidence, has defined human occupation, from the Iron Age to the 8th century, of our era, with the Roman domain located from the second half of the 1st century BC

 

The richness of the mosaics found, the water distribution systems, the thermal baths, the remains of the Forum, and a series of artefacts exhibited in the Monographic Museum of Conímbriga, justify a timely visit to this ancient Roman city.

Coimbra

 

Only the 33 km, the city of Coimbra, with one of the oldest universities in Europe, is a city of legends and charms, where the monuments stand out for their beauty and art full of history.

 

You can't help but sing the fado, which packs the University, the Joanina Library, the Botanical Garden and the New Cathedral, among others.

Figueira da Foz and Buarcos beach

 

Figueira da Foz beach is well known, especially for its long sandy beach. Walking along long wooden walkways, you will find a sea that is also as far as the eye can see. But in addition to being able to take long walks to the water's edge, you can exercise your body while also walking on the waterfront, which is prepared for this, whether on foot or by bicycle.

 

The proximity to the urban area, allows easy access to the vacationer, as well as parking.

 

There are other beaches you can visit:

 

• Costa de Lavos Beach - Access to the beach is made by wooden walkways through immense natural vegetation that runs along the entire coast. Costa de Lavos Beach offers not only a sea as far as the eye can see, but also all the surrounding nature that gives it a unique beauty.
• Praia do Cabedelo - is located very close to the mouth and allows the vacationer a privileged view over the city of Figueira.

Leiria

 

Capital of District and County, Leiria, located in the Center of Portugal aa 56 km de Soure is a beautiful city with a strong historical character bathed and influenced by the River Lis and Lena. Leiria has a significant Heritage, which deserves a careful visit, as is the case of the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, the Cathedral (16th century), the Church of Misericórdia and Judiaria (the Church was built in the 16th century above ruins of the Synagogue), or even a pleasant walk to the Old Town, the historic center of the city, which has its axis on the famous Rua Direita (now Rua Barão de Vilamonte), in the Cathedral, where traditional shopping establishments are located, as well as pleasant cafes and shops of modern times.

 

Very close to Leiria are the Termas de Monte Real, with quality medicinal waters and a strong hotel offer, and there are very pleasant beaches, such as Pedrogão or Vieira de Leiria, also at the end of the Pinhal de Leiria, the beautiful Lagoa de Ervideira.

To take

 

Will take 95 km de Soure is a beautiful city, county seat, in the Centro do País region, located on the beautiful banks of the Nabão River, right in the Ribatejo lezíria, and one of the historic cities of Portugal, with so much to tell and see.

 

The heritage of Tomar is very rich, with highlights such as the 15th century Church of São João Baptista; the churches of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (16th century) and that of Santa Maria dos Olivais, with origins in the thirteenth century, once the headquarters of all churches in Portuguese domains in Africa, Asia and America; the Convents of Santa Iria (where legend says Santa Iria was martyred) and the 17th century San Francisco Convent; the 16th century Chapel of São Gregório; or the important Pegões Aqueduct built in the 16th century to supply the Convento de Cristo.

Fluvial Beach - Nossa Srª da Ribeira

Senhora da Ribeira is a river beach located in the Aguieira reservoir, visited by hundreds of people looking for rest and the tranquility of family life.

 

With bar services, restaurant, river pier, river beach and water gulls, this river beach delights all locals and visitors of the beautiful region.

Mortágua

 

Embraced by the Serra do Caramulo and Buçaco, with the Albufeira da Aguieira at your feet, Mortágua has in itself a tourist space waiting to be discovered by those who like to enjoy life outdoors and enjoy the varied treasures of nature that are still in a virgin state.

Santa Comba Dão

 

Santa Comba Dão, a city with many stories and beautiful places, known as the land of Dr. Oliveira Salazar, born in Vimieiro, one of the parishes and there is his home and a school still bearing his name.

 

Here you can visit the Parish Church, the Mini Zoo of the Volunteer Firefighters and the historic center.

One foot in the grave

 

A village with a vast history and fantastic landscapes, you can visit the windmills, the Vitorino Nemésio Museum, the Monastery of Lorvão, take part in downhill trips in a canoe, among other activities.

 

In February, Penacova is filled with gastronomic flavors with the Lampreia festival, which you cannot miss.

Buçaco

 

Buçaco, a 59 Km away, the national forest, where monks once cared for and treated it, surrounds a magnificent palace where the exterior of the building in Arte Manuelina stands out.

 

In this forest you will find fantastic and stunning plant species, with special emphasis on the Vale dos Fetos and cold source.