Located 50 mi/80 km northeast of Lisbon and nestled on the western bank of the Tagus River, Santarem, Portugal, offers such attractions as the Portas do Sol (a pretty walled park with stunning views of the river and surrounding plains), occasional bullfighting and an agricultural fair in June.

Santarem is home to several very attractive churches, including the Igreja da Graca, which houses the tomb of Cabral, who discovered Brazil. It's an attractive, well cared for but laid-back city. Shopping streets lead off the main Sa da Bandeira square, which is presided over by the Piedade church and has several street cafes. The bustling municipal market building and the train station are decorated with fascinating azulejo panels.

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