The market town of Alvaiázere is a municipal town in Central Portugal. The population of Alvaiázere was a little over 7,000 at the last count in 2011. The annual holiday is June 13. The current president of Alvaiázere is João Guerreiro. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party. (PPD/PSD)
Alvaiázere consists of five parishes:
  1. Almoster
  2. Alvaiázere
  3. Maçãs de Dona Maria
  4. Pelmá
  5. Pussos São Pedro
The municipality is bordered in the following way:
  • To the north, the municipality of Ansião
  • To the east/northeast, the municipality of Figueiró dos Vinhos
  • To the southeast, the municipality of Ferreira do Zêzere.
  • To the south-west, the municipality of Ourém
  • To the west, the municipality of Pombal
The town itself boasts an impressive range of facilities;
  • Creche is heavily subsidised, and the cost to working parents starts at around €50 per month.
  • Schools from preschool (brand new in 2015) right the way to secondary school. The schools are all modern and well-equipped.
  • Swimming pools, indoor and outdoor, these pools are municipal and very affordable. A café and restaurant are on-site, offering excellent value for money.
  • The cultural centre is a small theatre where many small productions, primarily by children, are hosted; it can also be used for any cultural event you wish to put on. Drama, music etc.
  • A municipal indoor facility for five-a-side football, basketball, tennis etc. There are also tennis courts at the back of the gymnasium. Municipal sports stadium, this fabulous facility includes a full-sized astroturf football field and a 400-meter running track. It is the home of the Alvaiázere football club and the Alvaiázere Athletics Club.
  • Other sports are also permitted here; in fact, even Cricket found its way into the Alvaiázere municipal sports stadium with the Amigos Cricket Club.
  • The stadium has a full array of floodlights, making nighttime games available. There is a fully kitted gymnasium with all of the multi-gym equipment you could want, which is situated above the grandstand. Changing rooms, showers and even a bar area are all provided.
Supermarkets, of which there are three, provide everything you need for day-to-day living.
A variety of other shops also thrive in Alvaiazere, including:
  • hardware shops
  • dry cleaners
  • florists
  • paint shop
  • fruit and veg
  • barbers
  • hairdressers
  • paper shop
  • computer shop
  • electrical shop
  • veterinary
  • accountants
  • banks
  • lawyers
There are several cafes and bars in Alvaiázere and a couple of restaurants. There is currently only one hotel in the town, though other accommodations can be found with only a short drive.
A municipal library is well kitted with free access to the internet available on their computers.
The Alvaiázere museum gives an insight into the town's history and how it has evolved into what it is today.

Tucked away in the Leiria district, Alvaiazere beckons travelers to immerse themselves in a narrative woven across centuries. Its roots trace back to ancient civilizations, with remnants of stone age monuments and Roman influence etched into the town's very foundations. The evolving cultural tapestry, shaped by diverse influences, has left an indelible mark on Alvaiazere's identity, creating a living testament to its historical lineage.

Cultural Festivals and Local Traditions

Step into Alvaiazere, and you'll find yourself swept up in a whirlwind of vibrant festivities and cherished local traditions. The Fafipa and Chicharo events stand as vibrant celebrations that draw crowds from far and wide, inviting all to partake in the town's rich cultural heritage. The pulse of the town quickens during these festivities, as locals and visitors alike revel in the joyous ambiance that fills the streets.

A Thriving Community and Essential Services

Beyond the festivities, Alvaiazere prides itself on being a town that caters comprehensively to the needs of its residents. The educational landscape thrives with schools thoughtfully positioned for convenience, offering a seamless learning journey for children of all ages. The presence of a hospital, health center, pharmacies, and essential services ensures that healthcare remains accessible, further cementing the town as a safe and nurturing haven for its inhabitants.

Commerce and Entrepreneurial Spirit

A testament to the town's dynamism lies in its bustling commercial scene. From traditional markets offering seasonal vegetables to modern supermarkets stocked with daily essentials, Alvaiazere strikes a delicate balance between preserving its rural roots and embracing contemporary living. The entrepreneurial spirit thrives here, evident in the emergence of new businesses that complement the town's diverse economic landscape.

Cultural Tapestry and Local Offerings

As you wander through the town, the echoes of history resonate in every corner. A museum, steeped in Alvaiazere's extensive past, stands as a testament to its rich heritage. The amalgamation of essential administrative offices within the town, such as the town hall, land registry, and tax offices, streamlines processes for locals and businesses, fostering an environment conducive to growth and prosperity.

Bountiful Natural Splendor

Alvaiazere's natural beauty stands as a testament to the awe-inspiring landscapes that Central Portugal offers. Surrounded by rolling hills, verdant forests, and the tranquil Zêzere River, the town becomes a haven for nature enthusiasts. The allure of outdoor activities, picnics by the riverbank, and exploration of the lush parks infuses life with an essence of tranquility and serenity.

A Harmonious Way of Life

Life in Alvaiazere isn't just about its tangible offerings; it's about the intangible sense of community and belonging. The town's warm and inviting ambiance, coupled with a slower pace of life, creates a unique atmosphere where visitors often find themselves enchanted by the genuine hospitality of the locals. Whether savoring a cup of coffee in a cozy café or strolling through its vibrant streets, the town embraces all who cross its threshold.


Alvaiazere is more than a town; it's a testament to the enduring spirit of Central Portugal. Its rich tapestry of history, vibrant cultural scene, abundant natural beauty, and strong community bonds converge to create an immersive experience. Whether you seek to delve into the annals of history, partake in cultural festivities, or simply bask in the serenity of nature, Alvaiazere stands ready to welcome you into its embrace, promising a tapestry of experiences that linger in your heart long after you've departed.


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