Abrantes is one of the largest municipalities in the country. Located on the border of the provinces of Ribatejo, Alto Alentejo and Beira Baixa, on a slope about 800 meters above sea level, it has always been a good natural defensive stronghold. From the top of its castle, a visual horizon of almost eighty kilometers is covered. From the viewpoints of the Porta da Traição and the Torre de Menagem, you can see, to the south, the panorama of the river Tagus. To the north, you can see the pine forests that border the banks of the Castelo de Bode reservoir. On the banks of the Tagus you can see the remains of the old Roman bridge and the typical Tagus drummers.
From the time of the Roman occupation, when its name was Tabucci, until the end of the Middle Ages, the development of the municipality, located in the so-called Middle Tejo, was always helped by its geographical location, having been, throughout its history, a important strategic point for the security of Beira and Alentejo, integrating in the line of castles in the north of the Tagus during the Reconquista.
The name Abrantes is said to have derived from Aurantes, due to the amount of gold that was taken from the river sands. From D. Afonso Henriques he received, in 1179, his first charter. Alfonso II restored his defensive means and, according to tradition, ordered the construction of the church of Santa Maria.

The name Abrantes is said to have derived from Aurantes, due to the amount of gold that was taken from the river sands. From D. Afonso Henriques he received, in 1179, his first charter. Alfonso II restored his defensive means and, according to tradition, ordered the construction of the church of Santa Maria.

Donated, in 1281, to Rainha Santa by D. Dinis, the lands of the municipality were used by Nuno Álvares Pereira and by D. João to gather and park their troops before heading to Aljubarrota. Kings João II and D. Manuel I lived for a long time in the former Paço Real de Abrantes, a city that saw the birth of some royal princes.

In the 16th century, it was one of the largest and most populous lands in the country, dealing mainly with river trade. She was awarded the title of Notable for being, in 1641, the first Portuguese land, besides Lisbon, to proclaim independence and to acclaim King D. João IV.

In 1663, D. Afonso VI, fearing a Spanish invasion, ordered the reconstruction of the old fortifications in Abrantes. From that date, the fortress was almost always subject to military works, since there was a legion of chosen troops that included artillery, cavalry and infantry, in a total of three thousand men.

Abrantes is often referred to as the “Florida City”, largely due to the tradition of the competitions of the Rua Floridas, during which the city is decorated with flowers. The special vocation for the cult of the flower has already given it the title of Florida City of Portugal.

The municipal holiday, marked on June 14, celebrates the day that Abrantes elevated to the category of city. It is during this period that the City Festivals take place, which for a week revitalize the entire region with diverse activities.

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