Casa Memoria de Camoes, Constancia, Portugal
12km/7.5mi west of Abrantes, on a beautiful road with splendid views Constância, the Roman Pugna Tagi, is situated at the junction of the Rio Zêzere and the Tagus. The Church of the Misericórdia, with tile decoration, and a parish church (1636; restored in the 19th C. with a ceiling painting from 1890) are both worth seeing.The Casa Memória de Camões nurtures the memory of the poet Luís Vaz de Camões.
Castelo de Almourol
Five km/3mi southwest of Constância, on a rocky islet in the Tagus, stands the Templar castle of Almourol. Built on Roman and Moorish foundations, with 11 towers, it is undoubtedly one of Portugal's finest 12th C. castles (restored in the 19th C. in the Romantic style). There is a ferry over to the castle during the tourist season. From the massive keep there are fine views of the Tagus.
Castelo do Bode
Castelo do Bode (pousada), 10km/6mi north of Constância, is particularly popular with the Portuguese for its water sports and leisure facilities. Its 115m/377ft high dam forms an enormous lake (Barragem do Castelo do Bode) and is the lowest of a series of dams on the Rio Zêzere creating a string of lakes stretching for more than 50km/31mi. Boat trips to the dam from Castelo do Bode can be arranged on request.
The most interesting feature of Sardoal, about 12km/7mi north of Abrantes, is the altarpiece (polyptych) by an unknown 16th C. master in the parish church.
The little town of Belver (alt. 220m/720ft; pop. 2,000) on the right bank of the Tagus 30km/19mi east of Abrantes is dominated by a castle begun in 1194, in the reign of King Sancho I, completed in 1212 and restored in the 14th C. There is a beautiful carved 13th C. reredos in the castle chapel and "Sancho I's balcony" affords a splendid view of the Tagus valley.