Mark on your calendar the main events in the area, which you will not want to miss. A region with strong religious traditions. In addition to the Sanctuary of Fatima, this region also comprises the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Ortiga (Fatima), the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Miracles (Leiria), and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nazare (Nazare).
Connection to nature – particularly agriculture – is well anchored in the region, in Santarem. On Easter Monday, the vessels are blessed in Constancia. A unique pilgrimage where hundreds of boats fill the Tagus and Zezere rivers with colour. Later on, in June, the National Fair of Agriculture shows the best Portugal has to offer in terms of agriculture, gastronomy, livestock raising, handicraft, and machinery. During the fair, visitors may take part in the traditional Largadas de Toiros (bulls set loose) and watch the cowboys parade and perform. While in November, around St. Martin’s day, Golega shows why it is known as the ‘Horse Riding Capital’. For many days, horse breeders come from all over the world to witness in person the fame of the Portuguese horses.