It was mainly from the XNUMXth century onwards that Azeitão gained prestige, with the installation of noble families. The farms, palaces and fountains that dot this territory bear witness to those times.
Today, it is worthy of the bucolic peace, the weight of history evident in each building, the friendliness of the inhabitants and, in particular, the gastronomic experiences it offers.
The walks must be done on foot, as the villages invite you to walk and it is worth feeling the calm rhythm of the countryside.
Vila Fresca de Azeitão is worth it for its neat streets and flowered houses, handicraft workshops and the village fountain. It is also worth a visit to the Church of S. Simão, rich in tile heritage, characteristic of the XNUMXth century. The wall next to it is one of the limits of Quinta da Bacalhôa, where the palace of the same name is located.
Moving on to Vila Nogueira, the Palace of the Dukes of Aveiro, the Church of S. Lourenço, the Fonte dos Pasmados and the house-museum of the José Maria da Fonseca winery are undoubtedly worth a visit with a keen eye. But the village's genuine charm is in the streets that smell like the countryside, with several handicraft shops, namely tinsmiths, adorning the sidewalks with the products for sale.
Praça da República, better known as Rossio, where there is a statue in honor of the poet and pedagogue from Azeiton, Sebastião da Gama, is a pleasant leisure spot, shaded by tall plane trees.
Lose yourself in the other streets, for example in the quiet Rua de Aldeia Rica, where an intense scent of flowers intoxicates all the senses. Enter one of the pastry shops and taste one of the traditional sweets, among which the pies and “esses” of Azeitão stand out.
Let yourself be carried away by the charms of the cellars that produce some of the best wines in the world.
Quinta de Alcube
Red, white, monovarietal or blend. From a Touriga Nacional to a Syrah, the best way to taste the wines that are born at Quinta de Alcube is to go there and complete the tasting experience by exploring the environment where they are produced.
Visit this incredible place and learn about the transformation processes from the grape to the bottle. Visiting this farm is to be effectively involved in the spirit of this family that manages to produce some of the best wines in the region with a unique dedication that begins with the grape variety and continues until the tasting.
José Maria da Fonseca – House Museum
Founded in 1834 and with a façade and gardens of singular beauty, it has always been associated with the image of the José Maria da Fonseca brand. 200 years of history of one of the best known wine families whose name transports Portugal to all corners of the world. Taste iconic wines and some of the latest wine innovations.
Bacalhôa Winery and Palace
Visiting the Bacalhôa Palace is like traveling through the history of Portugal, visiting a stunning garden and traveling between walls through a fairy tale. There's nothing like ending it with a visit to the vineyards, the museum, the Japanese Garden – in which part of the sculptor Nizuma's estate and the Kaki tree, great-granddaughter of the only tree that survived the Nagasaki bomb, are exposed – and the history of the tile while feeling the aromas of muscatel and also experience the different collections and ethnographic artefacts, some of them of unparalleled monumental value and internationally recognized.
Quinta de Catralvos – Malo Tojo Estates
A farm and winery at the foot of Serra da Arrábida, promotes wine aromas in harmony with relaxing moments where the environment and sustainability are privileged and where the own non-polluting wastewater treatment plant stands out, and the integrated production where the method involves the use of exclusively natural products in the development of the precious nectar. It also has an accommodation unit and spaces for events for those who want to leave an unforgettable date in their biography.
Quinta das Torres
At the gates of Azeitão, this 900th-century farmhouse stands out for its imposing turrets and large outdoor patio with one of the most beautiful fountains in the region. Ivy covers the walls of the house overlooking the 2mXNUMX lake, where the temple-shaped pavilion stands out, whose dome is supported by twelve columns. It is one of the most sought after venues for events and on a visit to this idyllic space you will quickly understand why it is so fascinating.