Cistercians monks started producing wine in the Bombarral region in 1153. The Bombarral wine fair, which takes place in early August, celebrates this ancient wine-making tradition. You’ll find few tourists there. It is an event designed for the locals, which makes it a lot more fun. You can buy a glass for a nominal amount (about 3 Euros) at the entrance of the fair. You then use it to try the wines of many producers, including one of our favorites, Quinta do Sanguinhal. You can meet the famous D. Amélia, maker of an incredible pear cake and many other delicacies. And you can eat outdoors underneath the foliage of ancient oak trees at the Zélia restaurant stand. They serve an astonishing grilled rabbit and a lot of other great fare. Mark your calendars!