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Vila Franca de Xira rarely figures in the must-see places of travel books, not even in short, one-day trips to make outside Lisbon. And this is a surprise. VFdX is not only an easy half an hour's train ride from Lisbon, but it is a town which still keeps some nice, old traditions. Azulejos or tiles portraying the agricultural way of life in this region, some events in the local history are a common decoration in old buildings here. The most strikingly decorated are the train station, and the market -- which alone are worth a visit to this town. VFdX is at the limit of the greater Lisbon area in what is known as Ribatejo, a region known for livestock and agriculture. The raising of bulls for sport is the pride of this town, and bullfighting is what it is best known for. An arena just at the entrance of the center holds these events which run in the warm months. VFdX is also known for good food including good beef and river fish, such as eels. The Neo-Realism museum is also worth a visit. A day spent here is certainly not wasted.

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  • Pros: short train ride from Lisbon, no tourist crowds
  • Cons: none
  • Intro Updated Dec 14, 2011
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