The municipality of Santarém in Portugal continues to strengthen its tourism capacity with quality lodging alternatives. João Leite, Vice-Mayor and in charge of Tourism, visited several hotel units in the municipality to meet with the owners and listened to their feedback, while informing them of the various measures that the municipality has implemented in the area of tourism. Leite’s visit was aimed at deepening joint strategies for the promotion of the region, as well as an opportunity to gauge the growth as recently disclosed by Tourism of Portugal.
The data shows an increase in demand which has been accompanied by a growing response capacity in terms of overnight stays, confirming the consolidation of Santarém as a tourist destination of excellence.
The first visit started at the recently opened rural tourism Q.R. Casas de Campo, a high quality unit, where good taste, comfort and the equestrian component make this enterprise differentiating. António Ferreira, owner of the accommodation, praises the potential of Santarém stating that “the historic center of our city is beautiful, we have a reference gastronomy.”
Being the capital of Ribatejo, the horse is one of our biggest attraction factors.António Ferreira, owner of Q.R. Casas de Campo
The following meetings took place at Quinta da Cabrita, Casa da Amieira and Quinta M. Just 45 minutes from Lisbon and 10 minutes from Santarém, Quinta Cabrita is an 18th century farm and its grounds, appealingly guarded by traditional custard-yellow walls and high gates. Within, cobbled paths wind around former farm buildings and shared spaces.
There are five houses, each refurbished in keeping with their rustic surroundings. Features like high ceilings combine with round picture windows, roll-top baths and open wood fires to surprise and delight. There are huge cabinets filled with ancient tomes and glassware, tactile wooden boxes, and original artworks.
Casa da Amieira is a family-owned-and-run boutique hotel, perfect for relaxed family holidays, or groups of friends seeking a luxurious spa weekend. Spa facilities include a pool with waterfall, jacuzzi, sauna, and massage and treatment rooms. All are attractively tiled and give a sense of both airiness and privacy. Hotel guests have free and exclusive use of the pool and jacuzzi.
The measures will give strength to our strategy of increasing the number of visitors coming to SantarémJoão Leite, Vice-Mayor and in charge of Tourism in Santarém
At Quinta M, nature lovers will be won over by the prevailing well-being and will be able to enjoy an environment where authenticity and simplicity are the key words. Between nature and modernity, guests are able to discover and rediscover Portugal as never before. Stroll through the gardens, relax in the shade of an oak tree or renew yourself during a siesta by the pool.
Blending serenity, elegance and originality, the modern yurts at Quinta M invite guests to a true haven of peace. Each yurt is named after a Portuguese river and offers a great atmosphere of colors. A private terrace overlooking the farm in shades of green, yellow and orange inspires you to private moments in harmony with nature.
Teixeira Leite thanked the entrepreneurs for the bet made in Santarém, reinforcing that “the municipality needs everyone’s mobilization, the hotel units are our privileged strategic partners, we count, therefore, with you to divulge more and more Santarém. The measures we are implementing allied to the quality of our various hotel units.
The new Tourism website, the new flyers and the new tourist map, as well as the possibility of tourist units to use the municipality’s guided tour services for free, were measures presented by Teixeira Leite and very well received by entrepreneurs.