For a day of nature walks, breathtaking landscapes and an immersion in one of the most interesting Portuguese cultural movements of the 20th century, we have scheduled for you a visit to the Aguieira Fort, to the monument to Hercules and the Defenders of the Lines of Torres Vedras and to the Museum of Neo-Realism. For a total experience, stay in the enchanted valley of Arruda dos Vinhos and comfort your palate and stomach at the Taberna do Luís restaurant. Check our offer below.
To get to know the Lines of Torres Vedras region, spend a holiday or simply enjoy a few quiet days with your family, stay at the Hospedaria Anagri, a small hotel located close to the centre of Arruda dos Vinhos, which has as its main attribute a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere.
At a long table with bench seats, some of the most delicious ‘petiscos’ of the Portuguese tradition are shared. The wines and traditional food from the country – and even from abroad, such as its famous paella – would be reason enough to visit this restaurant in Arruda dos Vinhos, but the friendliness with which Luís Pinheiro welcomes all those who seek him out is the true visiting card of the house.
The Neo-Realism museum, in Vila Franca de Xira, was born in the 1980s. The Museum features celebrated collections, including literary collections, documentary collections and works of art. Its function is to preserve and disseminate the Neo-Realist movement, a unique heritage of Portuguese History and Art of the 20th century.
Representing the figure of Hercules with his characteristic attributes – beard, lion skin and club –, the statue was sculpted by Simões de Almeida and is installed in Alhandra, in a vast viewpoint with a superb view of the Tagus. The 19th-century monument pays homage to the defenders of the Lines of Torres Vedras against the Napoleonic armies.
This uncommon fort is located in Casal da Aguieira, at the top of the mountain range with the same name, and was part of the Second Line of Defense of Torres Vedras. Its mission was to protect the Serra da Aguieira and control the roads of São Tiago dos Velhos and Alverca. Much of its earth and stone structures are still visible today.