The county of Montijo may be roughly divided into two separate parts, quite different from each other: the estuary zone (also known as Outra Banda
, «Other Shore»), densely populated and linked to the Tagus river and Lisbon, and the Moorland, away from the coast and of a much more rural character.
At this eastern zone of the county there are a number of pine and eucalyptus woods, small and characteristic villages, such as Canha or Pegões, and fertile fields of orchards, vegetable plots and vineyards.
At the city of Montijo, the Mother Church and the municipal park deserve to be visited.
A few kilometres away, the Church of Our Lady of Atalaia, at the village bearing the same name, has been a popular site of religious devotion at least since the 15th century.
Like the rest of the «Other Shore», the county of Montijo has always attracted people from Lisbon due to its varied landscapes and tranquil spots and to its villages with typical squares, bandstands and churches harmoniously rising on the plain bathed by the Tagus. Another attraction, both for residents and tourists, are the traditional bullfights.
In terms of gastronomy, visitors will find at the county's restaurants and small taverns varied and sometimes strange specialities, such as braised spare ribs and couratos
(hog's skin), torresmos
(rind of roast pork), smoked tongue with coriander, eel stew with bread and the famous caldeirada à pescador
(fisherman's stew), with a rich variety of fresh fish.