Things to see and do - Vila Franca de Xira
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Vila Franca de Xira :
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This industrial city, situated on the right bank at the beginning of the Tagus estuary, is renowned for its festivities and its bull races. The town is lively, particularly in July during the festival of Colete encarnada (the "red coat" of the campinos). You can see the picturesque caminos processions and in particular the bull runs, where the bulls are let loose in the town. The arenas, constructed in 1901, are located at the south end of the town and house the ethnography museum.
Tourist attractions Vila Franca de Xira : Things to see and do
Praça de Toiros Palha Blanco
This small museum entered though an arena door, exhibits paintings, drawings, photos and sculptures relating to the region and its traditions: the bullfighter's art, fishing on the Tagus and especially traditional costumes from the 19C (fishermen, pe..
This belvedere between two mills, at the top of the hill, has a broad panoramic view over the surrounding countryside.
On the military airfield, a hangar houses the Museum of the Air (Museu do Ar). This recalls the aerial past of Portugal through photos, archive documents and above all in showing some authentic old aircraft and some replicas such as those of Blériot ..
Hotels Vila Franca de Xira
Avenida Barranco de Cegos 22 P - 2600-214 Vila Franca de Xira
Leziria offers contemporary accommodation just outside Vila Franca de Xira, 1 km from the scenic estuary of the Tagus River. It features excellent links with Lisbon, thanks to the A1 Motorway. Air-conditioned rooms at Leziria Parque Hotel have a mod..