The municipality of Ferreira do Zezere has around 9300 inhabitatnts. The old village is the perfect place to discover the culture and charm of “real” Portugal in this popular tourist area of Santarem. The village was founded in the 13th century and named after the founder, Pedro Ferreira and the nearby River Zezere. The small town now has plenty of convenient shops, bakeries, banks, a petrol station, schools, local government offices and a Ecomarche.
A walk around the town of Ferreira do Zezeres will reveal its pretty pedestrianised town square. It has a number of cafés for sitting outdoors and people watching. There are also some good local restaurants for wining and dining. The town has a local market once a week which is worth browsing for hand crafted jewellery as well as locally grown produce. Close to holiday rentals in Ferreira do Zezere is the Castelo do Bode Lake, also known as Lake Azul, which is Portugal’s second largest reservoir. This is the main attraction in the area and offers scenic walks, fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking and a host of other watersports. Close to the lake is a hotel, marina and a scattering of houses along with a café.
Visitors should find time to visit the mediaeval Vila de Dornes on a day out from their holiday villa in Ferreira do Zezere. It has excellent views over the Zezere River and there is a historic 12th century Templar Castle nearby at Tomar. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Convent of Christ is also at Tomar. Explore the main shopping street, the scenic Nabao River and the 15th century Church of Sao Joao Baptista on the elegent main square. Museums in the town are the Match Museum – a collection of matchboxes from all over the world – and the Jewish Museum with sacred items donated by Jews worldwide.
Holiday rental homes in the Ferreira do Zezere area of Portugal enjoy hot dry summers with average temperatures ranging from 21-28°C (70-83°F) during the day. The area is very pleasant off-season. In the winter temperatures are generally above 14°C (57°F) in January but with more rain.
The nearest airport serving Ferreira do Zezere holiday rentals is the Lisbon Portela (LIS) Airport which is about 140 km drive away. There are many budget airlines serving Lisbon Airport including easyJet, British Airways and Air France making it a cheap and easy destination to get to. A hire car is useful for exploring the local area and can be picked up from the airport.