Golega city sits in the Santarem District of Portugal and is famous for its expansive stud farms. Golega is known as the “Capital of Horses” and is home to the National Horse Fair, an equestrian based celebration running for 10 days every November.
Things to do in Golegã
Just 20-minutes’ drive north of the city lies Castle of Almourol, a medieval castle located on a small islet in the middle of the Tagus River. The castle is considered a medieval military monument and honours the memory of the Knights Templar in Portugal.
For the nature lovers, head to Boquilobo Bog Natural Reserve. This protected area boasts 200 species of birds and the largest number of white herons in the world, officially dubbed a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
Culture vultures and history buffs alike will enjoy a visit to the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceicao. This place of worship showcases local masonry work with its beautiful exterior and delicate decor.
To the north of the city sits Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros, a picturesque nature park boasting an array of rock formations. With hidden grottos and wide open spaces, the park provides a great day out for outdoor enthusiasts.
Getting around Golegã
Golega sits 90 minutes’ drive north of Lisbon and is accessible by train, car, bus or taxi. The city is fairly compact and walking is easy, though a car hire is suggested to venture further afield.