The boutique hotel Casa da Amieira is situated in a privileged area, close to many points of interest. So you can do various types of tourism and activities. Nature tourism and outdoor activities are based on the proximity of the Alviela River spring, the Serra d'Aire and Candeeiros Natural Park, famous for the caves of Mira D'Aire, Alvados and Santo António, which still offers the possibility of hiking or mountain biking, observing bats and other protected species, make a technical visit to the Cave of the Algar do Pena, or the Salinas of Rio Maior.
Religious tourism, which is in vogue, can take you to the Sanctuary of Fatima called "Altar of the World", to the Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha or to the Convent of Christ in Tomar, making the three part of the World Heritage of UNESCO . Do not forget the Museu dos Patudos de Alpiarça, the Rural and Wine Museum of Cartaxo or the architectural richness of the city of Santarém, "the City of the Gothic" ... Anyway, you see, you will only have the embarrassment of choice.
In a region rich in religious architecture, visit the Sanctuary of Fátima called the "Altar of the World" and the Wax Museum that portrays its history. From the Monasteries of Alcobaça and Battle to the Convent of Christ in Tomar, see those who were the highest exponents of Portuguese religious architecture.
In the boutique hotel Casa da Amieira, we have several activities that you can do to make your stay unforgettable. If you like quieter programs you can opt for a visit to our spa where you can relax and end your day with an excellent massage. We also have a games room with snooker where you can spend fun times. If you like outdoor activities, do not forget to take a bike ride in our traditional "pastry", just contact the reception to reserve your bike.
You can also choose to go hiking in the surrounding green areas or by jogging. For the youngest, Amieira also has the Amikids with playstation, games, toys, movies and outside a playground.
Riding lovers can contact our partner "Almeida Lusitanos" and consult the special activities that this stud farm has for Casa da Amieira guests: https://almeida-lusitanos.ch/
NATURAL PARK OF SERRAS D'AIRE E CANDEEIROS
Kingdom of the stone, this is what we could call the entire Estremenho relief zone that covers a vast area, from Ourém to the north, Rio Maior to the south, passing through Alcobaça, Porto de Mós or Torres Novas. Thus the west extends the long range of the Candeeiros, to the east we can see the Sierra de Aire, while the zone of Porto de Mós corresponds to the confluence point of the Mendiga and Alvados / Mira de Aire-Minde valleys. Between these two important depressions is the plateau of Santo António. Dryness, accentuated by the absence of surface watercourses, marks a landscape to which faults, escarpments and rocky outcrops impart a vigorous trait, offset by an intricate network of groundwater. Karstic erosion originated characteristic formations - poljes, fields of lapiás, lapas, algares and caves, uvalas and dolinas in a rare profusion of forms.
You can visit the Grotto of Mira D'Aire, Portugal's largest tourist cave, about 11km long, of which only 600 meters are open to the public and the maximum depth of the visit is 110 meters. In the Grotto of Mira D'Aire you can also visit the auditorium where you can see a film / documentary on the karst zones and the hydrological system, responsible for the classification of this cave as a wetland of relevance by the International Ramsar Convention. You can also visit the Santo António and Alvados Caves. Alvados Caves stand out by the continuous corridors that open unexpectedly in small rooms uneven and several natural lakes, in addition to its innumerable tunnels interrupted by deep algares characteristic in the region. St Anthony's are impressive for their monumental room, which is covered by small streams and natural lakes, with temperatures between 16 ° C and 18 ° C, completely filled with stalactites and stalagmites, both of which constitute an extraordinary work of nature, which invites you to immerse yourself in an adventure and a natural imagination whose differences adults and children will try to unravel.
ALVIELA SCIENCE CENTER - "CARSOSCÓPIO"
Located between Estremadura and Ribatejo, the Centro Ciência Viva do Alviela - CARSOSCÓPIO descends into the depths of the earth in search of the origins of the Alviela spring and goes through the seasons revealing their influence in the constitution of one of the largest reserves of fresh water of the country providing an exciting journey through technology. It also explores the hidden refuges of cave bats, which have in this area one of their habitats of choice. The Living Science Center of Alviela - CARSOSCÓPIO has several temporary exhibitions, scientific events and ludic-pedagogical activities of interior and exterior, offering the most diversified experiences of harmony between Science, Technology and Nature, to the visitor.
INTERPRETATION UNDERGROUND CENTER - "ALGAR DO PENA "
Discovered in 1985, by Mr. Joaquim Pena (hence the name of the algar), following the dismantling of a limestone bench to produce stone for sidewalk, the Algar do Pena is a very interesting cavity from the heritage point of view, integrating the largest known underground room in Portugal (125,000 m3 volume).
From the top of about 40 m of unevenness, one opens to the look of who visits it, a magnificent underground landscape whose aesthetic aspect assumes an unusual dimension, through an enormous profusion of speleothems. Given its biophysical characteristics and geographical location, it was selected to install the 1st Underground Interpretation Center in Portugal. Accessible to the public, by prior appointment (it has a technical support building, lift, outdoor auditorium and a speleodrome), represents a unique experience of descending to the depths, combining the scientific importance to didactic and tourist aspects of high interest.
NATURAL SALTPANS - RIO MAIOR
A marvel of Portuguese traditional and cultural heritage The natural salinas of Rio Maior are one of the main references of Rio Maior, since they are the only ones of the kind in Portugal still in operation. Unique in the country, these salt flats are the fruit of a wonder of nature. The salt water comes from an extensive and deep rock salt mine, which is crossed by an underground stream of fresh water, which then becomes salty. On site, in the typical wooden houses, there are cafes, restaurants and craft shops, which constitute the tourist support of this authentic living museum. For lovers of walking, there are also walking routes in the surrounding area.
CULTURE AND HERITAGE
Art and religious arquitecture
Fatima is the Altar of the World and the quintessential landmark of religious tourism. The first official ceremony took place in Cova da Iria in 1927, today the Shrine of Fatima welcomes thousands of people from all over the world, on pilgrimage and prayer. About six million pilgrims travel each year on the way to Fatima to be closer to where the three little shepherds claim to have seen the Virgin Mary. Fatima is a space of silence and meditation, a message of faith.
The Vila da Batalha is the story of its monastery of St Maria of Victory, built after the Battle of Aljubarrota, in fulfillment of the promise made by D. John I to the Virgin: To dedicate a monastery to him if it defeated the Castilian invader in the battle that was decisive for the consolidation of Portugal's independence. The Monastery, named for UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the monument par excellence of the Portuguese Gothic final, one of the first to integrate Manueline art and one of the most beautiful churches in Europe in the late Middle Ages. The Flaming Gothic models adopted at Batalha, mark the apogee of the Gothic style and are a symbol of the art of the 15th century.
In the city that Almeida Garrett called "Libro de Pedra", in Viagens da Minha Terra, discover the heritage, the history and be dazzled by the monuments.
Visit the numerous churches, stroll through the streets and alleyways and at the end of the afternoon go to the Portas do Sol (Sunset Gate) to see the sunset over the Tagus River and the Ribatejana reservoir.