Visiting Dornes: What to See, Do, and Where to Stay in the Templar Village

Visiting Dornes: What to See, Do, and Where to Stay in the Templar Village

Portugal is a country filled with hidden treasures and enchanting places, and Dornes is undoubtedly one of them. Situated on the banks of the Zêzere River, this small village is a true haven of tranquility and natural beauty.

In our new blog article, we invite you to embark on a journey to Dornes.

History and Heritage

Dornes is a place with deep historical roots dating back to the time of the Templars. Its highlight is the imposing Templar Tower of Dornes, built in the 12th century by the Knights Templar.

This tower, also known as the Keep Tower, is one of the best examples of military architecture of its time. If you climb to the top of the tower, you’ll have the privilege of enjoying panoramic views over the Zêzere River.

In addition to the Templar Tower, Dornes is home to the Church of Nossa Senhora do Pranto, a Gothic church that is well worth a visit. Inside the church, you can admire beautiful sacred artworks.

Nature and Landscapes

Dornes is privileged to be surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes.

The Zêzere River gently meanders through lush fields, providing opportunities for outdoor activities such as boat rides, canoeing, picnics by the riverbanks, fishing, and more. The nearby river beaches offer refreshing leisure moments during the summer months.

Local Cuisine

The cuisine of Dornes reflects the traditional flavors of Portuguese cuisine. Fish dishes from the river are a delight for seafood and fish lovers.

To accompany your meals, try the wines produced in the region, which are equally delicious. And to finish off your dining experience, sample the convent sweets, such as “pastéis de feijão” (bean pastries) and “cavacas.”

Events and Festivals

Dornes is also known for its traditional festivals that celebrate local traditions and the region’s history. One of the most emblematic events is the Festa de Nossa Senhora do Pranto, which takes place on the second Sunday of August and includes a religious procession and various cultural activities.

AccommodationWith its rich historical heritage, breathtaking natural landscapes, and delicious cuisine, Dornes is undoubtedly a national treasure to visit. And to make your trip to Dornes even more special, book your stay at Casa Velha. It’s a centuries-old farmhouse restored to provide you with a memorable experience.


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