In 1136, D. Afonso Henriques took the primitive castle from the moors, which was quickly named Aurem, whilst fighting to expand the reign of Portugal and asserting Christ’s Faith over the moors.
The Ourém Castle, an exemplary of the territorial domain, is the soul of this crowded borough, standing on the hill of Ourém, and in its time it was even graced with a palace, a Collegiate church and a crypt, a Gothic font, Pillory, narrow streets and whitewashed walls.
To get here, simply follow the signs to the castle. Climb up and go through the impressive battlements, which witnessed so many battles. Walk through the Santarém gate and the castle structure before reaching the beautiful pillory garden, directly opposite the Pousada. Perched on a hill, with
quick access to all nearby attractions, among whitewashed houses and parallel roads that preserve the
unique identity of this village, there is no better place to stay.
Marvel at the extraordinary century-old bougainvillea gracing the entrance porch and check in while enjoying a typical regional scone or a wholesome apple. Rejoibce in the
pool or simply relax on the lounge chair and read. Mornings are brightened by a delicious breakfast on the
balcony, the afternoons by some well-deserved rest by the poolside lawn, and the evenings by the comfort of your room.
This village is perfect for hikes and geography lessons. On clear days, you can easily see the
Lousã and Estrela mountain
ranges. You can even discern the snow's white glow in the distance. Find out how old villages used to be, with the staircases and the narrow castle gates as a much needed protection.
Interactive and modern, the
Aljubarrota Battle Museum is one of the most interesting local attractions: you can show your children the details of one of the most famous episodes in Portuguese history.
Abdegas, Ourém was thus named when King Afonso Henriques chased the Moors away in 1136. Ourém seduces visitors with its
hospitality. It was here, in Cova da Iria, that the three young shepherds are said to have seen
Our Lady of Fatima, where today stands one of the most visited and revered shrines in the whole world. Over five million tourists, devotees and pilgrims from all over the world visit the
Fatima Shrine every year. Come visit it too!
Ourém is also perfect for evening walks. Very romantic and inviting, crossing the village after dark and tasting a typical
'ginjinha' (cherry liqueur) to warm up before heading back to your room is a great way to explore the village.
The Pousada is spread over
three buildings, and choosing your room according to your vacation plans is probably the best thing to do. If you come with your
family and want to focus on pool activities, staying at the pool house is the best option for you. If you are seeking convenience and prefer to stay by the restaurant or terrace area to taste the famous Ourém Palhete Wine, then you should book one of the rooms in the
old hospital wing - or even the other wing, located in an old
adapted manor-house, which is equally close and comfortable.
After a full day, when returning to your room, decorated in a light, contemporary style, you will walk through hallways where brick tiles and carpets merge into a simultaneously soothing and energizing orange, which will further help you spend a good night.
Back in 1136,
King Afonso Henriques wrestled the ancient castle - then called Aurem - from the Moors, while struggling to expand both the Portuguese kingdom and the Christian Faith against the Moors. A model of territorial control, the Ourém Castle would eventually become the heart of the Ourém hilltop citadel, which also included a Palace, a Collegial Church and Crypt, a Gothic Fountain, a Pillory, narrow streets and whitewashed walls.
Pousada de Ourém project was born from the fusion of
old manor houses with a
15th century Church hospital. The Pousada's skeleton is old, made with arches and materials from times of yore, and its wooden furniture perfectly adjusts to the building's characteristics.
Pestana Tip: the most appropriate time to visit the area is on the 13th day of the month between May and October - when the
apparitions of Our Lady of the Young Shepherds are celebrated. Thousands of people visit the area, where you can truly feel the atmosphere, the devotion and the truth for which Fátima is known.