Ribatejo is rich in legends and, in Contancia, it is said that two young people lived a forbidden love during the Portuguese civil war in the 19th century. The girl and the boy were from important families in the village, who belonged to opposing political camps - some were liberal and the other absolutists.
The two lovers ignored the family's probation and got married. Years later, on a visit to the city, the Queen Maria, hearing the story of love and resilience, said: "Due to the "constância" (constancy) of your love and the beauty of this land, which is so beautiful and has such an ugly name, from now on it will be called Constância."Back