The presence of humankind in Ourém dates way back from the presence of the Portuguese. The village of Agroal (Formigais), as well as the caves of Lapa dos Furos (Formigais) and Casal do Papagaio (Fátima), confirm the occupation in the area since Palaeolithic times.
Some of these archaeological sites contain traces of several historical periods, including the Roman period, during which the “villae” of Sandoeira (Rio de Couros) and Coinas (Atouguia) were founded.
At the time of the Christian Reconquest, more precisely in the year 1136, Dom Afonso I of Portugal expelled the Arab armies of the lands of “Abdegas”and conquered the Moorish Castle of Auren, whose name influenced the toponymy of the munucpality; or according to the legend of Princess Fátima, Ourém name stems from Oureana, the Christian name a Moor princess named Fátima adopted (name that was assigned to the town of Fátima), who converted to Christianity after falling in love with a Christian knight.
Ourém is located 24km from Torres Novas.
Places of interest:
River beach of Agroal – Integrates the largest source of the Nabão river, appreciated for its cool waters, with reputation for being thermal.
Castle of Ourém
Ancient Town of Ourém and Village Door or Door of Santarém
Palace of the Counts of Ourém
Main Church of Ourém/ Church of Nossa Senhora da Piedade
Buildings of the Old Prisions/ Manor House of Bacchus
Crypt and Tomb of Dom Afonso
Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Manor House of the Administrator of the Counts of Bragança
Municipal Museum of Ourém – Core Administrator’s House
Sweethearts’ Bridge/ Ribeirinho’s Fountain
D. João P. Venancio Garden
Natural Monumento of Dinosaurs of Ourém/Torres Novas