The region where the municipality is located has been populated since pre-hours. There are archaeological remains throughout the region, which attest to Roman, Visigoth and Arabic occupations.

There is a popular legend about the origin of Montemor. She says that deep rivalry opposed the inhabitants of Montemor and Majorca, for each considered their land to be placed at the highest point than the other. To annoy the Majorcans, they shouted those of Montemor: "Monte...Mor! Monte...Mor!" to which those of Mallorca retorch "Greater...Here! Bigger...Here!".  The fact is that in 1212 it was called Mons Majors or Montis Maioris, to which it was added -the Old Man.

At this time there was a growth of Montemor, accompanied by a demographic surge throughout the Lower Mondego, with the consequent discovery of new lands for cultivation and creation of new places, which gave rise to numerous Couples and Póvoas. The development of the municipality is based on three population centers: Montemor-o-Velho, Pereira and Tentúgal. In its fields, in addition to corn, flax and wheat are produced, cattle and horse backarers are produced, solar is built, churches and convents are remodeled.

Castelo de Montemor o Velho

Whether by car, on foot, by bike or on horseback, Montemor-o-Velho invites contemplation, attention to detail of the streets of the historic centers. From the top of the viewpoints of Reveles or Montemor-o-Velho enjoy a unique landscape that changes colors throughout the seasons, and fall in love with the Lower Mondego.

The imposing castle, the largest fortification of the Mondego and one of the most beautiful in the country, marks the landscape and the experience of Montemor-o-Velho. There we breathe history and we can almost return to the times of the struggles to reconquer the territory, the sacrifices of the national heroes and the forbidden loves of D. Pedro and Inês de Castro. Discover extramural medieval streets where the fidalguia of 10th century houses or the popular ingenuity of the nooks continue to amaze. Also noteworthy is the architectural richness of the stately houses, churches and sacred art throughout the county, especially in the historic centers of Tentúgal, Pereira and Montemor.

Montemor o Velho_Evasões
In the village of Pereira take the opportunity to wander through the picturesque alleys, full of beautiful buildings, such as the Barn of the Dukes of Aveiro or the Church of Mercy, and delight in the queijadas de Pereira. On the other side of the river, the village of Tentúgal, in addition to a vast built heritage, of which are examples the convent of Our Lady of Carmo and the Mother and Mercy Churches, also offers unique details. Be sure to try the convent sweets, with special emphasis on the pastries of Tentúgal.
The natural landscape concelhia is one of the best illustrated postcards of the region.  Further north, in the lands of Gândara, the agricultural and horticultural sector shows, once again, excellence, merging the knowledge transmitted from generation to generation with the most modern technology.  species of protected fauna and flora. 

The main road access routes that cross the county are EN 111 and A14; it is also crossed by the northern railway line with extension to Figueira da Foz via Alfarelos and Beira Alta line.

Source: Montemor-o-Velho Town Hall

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useful contacts

Centro de Saúde de Montemor-o-Velho
+351 239 689 900
Av. dos Bombeiros Voluntários
3140-250 Montemor-o-Velho
+351 239 687 140
Avenida dos Bombeiros Voluntários
3140-250 Montemor-o-Velho
Bombeiros Voluntários de Montemor-o-Velho
+351 239 687 110
Avenida dos Bombeiros
3140-271 Montemor-o-Velho
Turismo de Montemor-o-Velho
+351 239 680 380
Paço das Infantas - Castelo de Montemor-o-Velho
3140-258 Montemor-o-Velho
Câmara Municipal de Montemor-o-Velho
+351 239 687 300
Praça da República
3140-258 Montemor-o-Velho
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