For an authentic lifestyle in Portugal, Santarem is a perfect choice. This charming city and municipality, situated in the center of the country, are ideal for those that are looking for their own special corner of tranquility, with winding streets and ancient buildings. What’s more, you will be able to find very spacious properties, with large outdoor spaces, for you to best enjoy the peace and quiet of the country. In this Santarem real estate guide, we’ll provide you with all the key information that you should know about if you are considering buying in this lovely part of Portugal. 

In this Santarem real estate guide, we’ll delve into the following:

    • Buying a house in Santarem
    • Why buy a house in Santarem
    • What to consider when buying a house in Santarem
    • Things to do in Santarem
    • Plus much more!


Buying a house in Santarem

The city of Santarem can be found about 65 kilometers northeast of Lisbon on the banks of the Tagus River. The city is known for many historical points of interest, and the local people of the city know how to live a good life – full of good food, hospitality, and festivals. Whether you are looking for a townhouse, a country home, or a spacious villa with a large garden, you should be able to find whichever type of property you are looking for. 


Why buy a house in Santarem

In addition to being a captivating city where you can enjoy a high quality of life, there are plenty of other reasons why Santarem is a very good investment. In this part of our Santrarem real estate guide, we’ll delve into some of the key reasons why Santarem is a good place to buy a house. 

Culinary delights

This part of Portugal is well known for its spectacular cuisine. Often rustic, you will be able to enjoy dishes that are made from the very best of local produce. From eels and river fish to local cheeses and meat dishes, you will be able to find a wide array of foods. And, for those that are looking for a little bit of luxury, you’ll find that there are Michelin star restaurants in the region also. 

Proximity to major cities

As Santarem is situated, more or less, in the center of Portugal, it is very easy to get around. Both Lisbon, Porto, and the Silver Coast are not too far away, so you are very well placed to enjoy the buzz of the major Portuguese cities or escape to the beaches by the Atlantic Ocean for some respite. If you are seeking a home in a peaceful part of Portugal but that allows you to quickly get around and enjoy the very best of the country, then Santarem could be the perfect spot for you.

Citizenship by investment

Buying a property in Santaram is also a very good way to make a good return on your investment while being able to secure Portuguese residency and eventual citizenship after five years (if you fulfill all the requirements). If the property that you are considering qualifies for the Portuguese Golden Visa, then you and your family can get residence permits so that you can live, work, and study in the country.

You can see more about the Portugal Golden Visa in our step-by-step guide here


What to consider when buying a house in Santarem

Whenever you are buying a property, there are certain things that you will need to watch out for. In this part of our Santarem real estate guide, we’ll run over some of the things to consider when buying a house in Santarem. 


When you are considering buying a house, make sure to check the house over thoroughly. However, equally important is to get to know the neighborhood. Does the neighborhood have all the amenities that you want? What about local shops? Restaurants? Bars? If you are moving with a family, consider the local schools, and make sure you are aware of how far the closest healthcare facilities are. Also, make sure to speak with the locals and investigate whether there are any new infrastructure projects in the pipeline, as this could change the property’s value in the future. 


To ensure that the property you are purchasing is legitimate, it is important to make sure that it has all the paperwork in place. If there are missing papers or legal troubles, you should be wary. In order to properly make sure that everything is in order, we recommend speaking with an experienced lawyer. 

Property analysis

Before you buy any property, you will need to conduct an in-depth analysis of the property. Review the documents, inspect every nook and cranny, and make a note of maintenance issues that you may need to fix in the near future so that you can budget for these extra expenses. 


Things To do in Santarem

There are many things to do in Santarem. In this part of our Santarem real estate guide, we’ll provide you with some information on some of our favorite activities. 

  • Pay a visit to the old town of Santarem, which hosts many picturesque churches, where you can marvel at these gems of a past age. 
  • Enjoy the festival Nacional de Gastronomia, which takes place every year. This is a foodies heaven, as there are cooking demonstrations galore and lunches in traditional restaurants. Artisan producers also head to the city to sell their wares, such as species, herbs, and cheeses.
  • Marvel in the views from Miradouro de São Bento, where you can see panoramic views from south to east.
  • Spend a day at Jardim das Portas do Sol, which is perfect for families, and where you can admire the lovely views of the Tagus river. 


If you purchase a house in Santarem, you’ll be well connected to many of the best parts of the country. A weekend away in Porto? A day trip to Lisbon? A week by the coast? Yes, in Santarem, you can quickly and easily get around Portugal. Before buying anything, make sure you speak with experienced specialists and consider all aspects of the property market to determine if it is a good real estate investment for you. However, Santarem offers many opportunities, from lovely villas to townhouses, and could prove to be the perfect place for you to spend your days.


How we can help

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This is just a brief introduction to property in Santarem. If you are looking for a house in this lovely part of Portugal or elsewhere in the country, you can get in touch with one of our team at Goldcrest, our real estate division, who will be able to discuss your options for buying property.

Last year Goldcrest launched their new e-book on how to buy property in Portugal, which will be useful to you if you are looking to buy a house in Portugal. The book provides an easy guide to buying property in Portugal, including navigating taxes, bureaucracy, finding a mortgage, retiring to Portugal, amongst other important information.