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The Municipality

Lourinhã is located about 45 minutes from Lisbon. In this 142 km2 territory, there are several places of interest for residents, visitors and tourists, some of whom also choose to live in our municipality.

The foundation of Lourinhã dates back to the 12th century. It possesses a very significant historical and religious built heritage, 12 kilometres of coastline formed by magnificent beaches, which are very inviting for the practice of water sports, and many other attractions.

The interior of the municipality, characterised by the rural landscape and the harmony of its colours, provides excellent conditions for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. There, you will find various rural tourism retreats, where you can enjoy direct contact with nature and the agricultural environment.

Within Lourinhã’s heritage, the following attractions should be highlighted: Santa Maria do Castelo Church, Misericórdia Church, Santo António Church and Convent, Paimogo Fort, Fonte Lima Park, Lourinhã Museum and the Commemorative Monument to the First Centenary of the Battle of Vimeiro, where the Anglo-Portuguese army defeated the Napoleonic troops commanded by General Junot, on 21st August 1808, during the First French Invasion of Portugal.

 

The Name “Lourinhã”

According to some theories, the name “Lourinhã” is linked to the existence of a Roman settlement in the area. In the 12th century, with the reconquest fully underway, it was King Afonso Henriques who granted the French nobleman, Lord Jordan, the lands now known as Lourinhã for his valuable services in the conquest of Lisbon from the Moors. The actual date of the first charter of Lourinhã issued by Lord Jordan is unknown, although some historians do mention the year 1160, when it was successively confirmed by King Sancho I, in Santarém, in 1218, and by King Afonso III, in 1251. A new charter was issued by King Manuel I, in 1512.