The municipality of Montijo is divided into two regions of differing characteristics: the one surrounding the city, with its strong links to the Tagus, and the hinterland around Canha and Pegoes, with its strong Alentejan and Ribatejan traits. The latter is noted for its excellent fruit and wines, prized as being among Portugal's best.
ST. PETER'S FESTIVAL
Formerly known as Aldeia Galega do Ribatejo, Montijo was given its present name only in 1930 under a decree enacted on June 6th. Its earliest records date back to the 12th century when it was donated, together with Palmela Castle and the lands between the Tagus and the Sado, to the Knights of the Order of St James and the Sword by king Sancho I in 1186.
King Manuel I granted a charter to what was then Aldeia Galega in 1514, extending to the township municipal privileges and parochial autonomy. The settlement was to grow particularly during the regency of D. Pedro when King Afonso V was still a minor.
Work was then undertaken to provide easier access to the river, attracting new settlers, and economic activity began to branch away from exploiting the resources of the river and farming into commerce and industry. Montijo now has considerable economic activity in sectors such as pig rearing and the preparation of meat products, cork and flower nurseries, in which it plays a major role at national level.
As a result of its development and of its economic capacity the town of Montijo was raised to city status on August 14th 1985.
Courtesy of Regiao de Turismo de Costa Azul.