Formed by the counties of Alenquer, Arruda dos Vinhos, Bombarral, Cadaval, Caldas da Rainha, Lourinhã, Óbidos, Peniche, Rio Maior, Sobral de Monte Agraço and Torres Vedras, they stand united by a common heritage, forged in centuries of vineyard tending, together with a strong attachment to the land and the ocean. The Man of the West carries in himself the ancestral traces of the northern people - mostly Celts - and also southern Phoenicians, but mainly Romans and Berber moor heritages. At the crossroad of these cultures, a tradition of ever permanent willingness to socialize and welcome other people took root, leading to an hospitality that is the hallmark of the Western Region.
The Western Region is rich in all sorts of places to visit, like Museums and Nature, with a special mention to the Serra dos Candeeiros Natural Reserve, the Berlenga Island Natural Reserve and the Serra de Montejunto Park. Health and Fitness tourism is also covered with plenty of offers like the Vimeiro, Cucos and Caldas da Rainhas Thermal Springs.
Beautiful beaches of fine sand, handicraft, a rich gastronomy, golf, hipic centers, leisure port and radical sports, complete the array of offerings the Western Region has for the prospective visitor.
The close proximity of Lisbon as well as the strategic position regarding other urban centers contextualized the growth and the modernity of the Western Region.
Highways A8 (Lisboa – Leiria), A15 (Óbidos – Santarém), A23 (to Spain) and IP 6 (to Peniche), turn the travel to the West extremely easy and pleasing.
Two international airports, Lisbon and Oporto, connect the West to every European greater center.