Ourem is a charming rural town where you’ll discover Moorish medieval structures, fascinating historical museums and a laid-back cafe culture. Explore Ourem’s surrounding region to experience the natural wonders at the Natural Park of Aire and Candeeiros and visit a range of neighbouring hilltop towns.
Things to do in Ourém
Most visitors to Ourem make a beeline for the medieval Castle of Ourem, which is perched atop a hilltop and is a designated National monument. Built in the 12th-century, the castle showcases classic Moorish architecture and houses a 15th-century palace within its walls. You can admire panoramic views of Ouram from the castle walls.
Are you fascinated by nature? Head to the Grutas da Moeda, a limestone cave with a fascinating history and regular tours. Wander through the intricate cave system while admiring stalactites and stalagmites, before visiting the on-site interpretive centre to discover its storied past. Just beyond the limestone cave is the Natural Park of Aire and Candeeiros, where winding roads reveal undulating fields and dramatic valleys.
Learn more about Ourem at the Museu Municipal de Ourém, a small museum focused on the town’s history with exhibits, such as a marble tomb and antique furnishings. Afterwards, snap a photo at the iconic Monumento aos Combatentes do Concelho de Ourém, before catching a movie at the Cine-Teatro Municipal de Ourém.
Those interested in Portugal’s food scene will find numerous offerings within Ourem, such as freshly-baked pastries at Pastelaria Orquídea and homemade pizza at Pizzeria Va Bene. Embrace the local cafe scene at alfresco coffee shops, including Cafe Central De Ourem and Caffé Art.
Getting around Ourém
Ourem is about 1.5 hours’ drive from Lisbon and Lisbon Portela Airport, which has domestic and international flights. Although you can easily explore the centre of town on foot, it’s best to hire a car to access the surrounding region.