Of a distant origin, probably from the Roman period, the town of Constana has always lived on fishing, shipbuilding, ship repair and, above all, the transport of goods by river, connecting the interior of the country to Lisbon. Changes in life and in the world, particularly the replacement of boats by trains and then freight trucks, have changed the social and economic organization of this city. But the basics remain unchanged: the rivers, the charm of their banks, the beauty of the urban fabric and the bicentennial feast of Our Lady of Bois Viagem, born of the faith of sailors and celebrated every year on Easter, remain. A land full of history, it preserves a rich and varied built heritage, among which are the churches of Matriz and Misericordia, of Grain and Miradouro do Tempo.
The refuge of kings and poets
Constana has welcomed great figures of national messages, from Camões to Vasco de Lima Couto, and from Tomaz Vieira da Cruz to Alexandre O’Neill. Sebastião, who made it a city and established the council in 1571, passed by it to escape the plague. Queen Maria II also passed by, who changed her name from Bonhet to the magnificent Villa da Constancia in 1836.
A very old folk tradition states that Luis de Camويسes lived for some time in a house on the banks of the Tagus River. Casa-Memória de Camões was built on the ruins of this 16th-century house, classified as a Building of Public Interest, near the Monument to Camões, by Mestre Lagoa Henriques, and the Garden-Horto de Camões, designed by the landscape constitutes Architect Gonzalo Ribeiro Telles has always been an anthem for our epic.
Natural Heritage and Accessibility
Equally important is the natural heritage of the province, which includes rivers, countryside and desert lands that provide landscapes of extraordinary beauty, fresh air and the potential for the development of many activities.
Recently, the province has been provided with a set of infrastructures to serve the population and support tourism activities, from the perspective of cultural, scientific and nature tourism. Examples include the arrangement of the banks of the Tagus and Zézire near the town of Constancia, the Naval Center and Fluviaro do Zézire, the Museum of Rivers and Maritime Arts, the Centro Sencia Viva – Astronomy Park, the Santa Margarida Ecological Park and the Butterfly Tropical Park.
Well serviced by easy access, via the A23 and the Eastern Railway, Constancia Municipality is located in a central area of the country, a small municipality that retains a great wealth from the past and is considered one of the best municipalities in Portugal to live in.
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