Azeitão is the name normally used to refer to a group of settlements that are of particular interest to tourists, including the fascinating villages of Vila Nogueira de Azeitão and Vila Fresca de Azeitão.
Shaded by the Serra da Arrábida, the region became prestigious from the 15th century when noble families moved in.
Today, Azeitão stands out for its bucolic peace, the relevance of history present in every building, the friendliness of its inhabitants and, particularly the gastronomic experiences it offers.
We recommend you walk across the area, so as to not miss out on any of the charms of the Azeitão villages.
The well-kept and flowery streets are hallmarks of Vila Fresca de Azeitão, where the Church of St. Simon, the traditional artisan workshops, the fountain and the Palace of Bacalhôa are unmissable.
The charms continue in Vila Nogueira. Quinta das Torres, the Palace of the Dukes of Aveiro, the Church of St. Lawrence, the Pasmados Fountain and the José Maria da Fonseca winery house-museum are some places of interest.
The República Square, best known as Rossio, where we find the statue honouring the poet of Azeitão, Sebastião da Gama, is a pleasant leisure space shaded by enormous sycamore trees.
The “azulejos” (traditional tiles), the cheese, the “tortas” (rolled lemon sponge cakes), the wine – particularly Moscatel – and the “esses” (cinnamon biscuits) of Azeitão are outstanding regional products.
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