Dornes has been a favourite venue since the first Zêzerearts Festival in 2011 when we performed Handel’s Saul in the square beneath the walls of the Templar tower. The atmosphere is set by the old village overlooking the river dam and the view speaks for itself.
The Convento de Cristo in Tomar hosts a number of our performances. Zêzerearts first visited this exciting venue for the second Festival in 2012 and it has become very popular with both performers and audience alike.
Almourol Castle is on a small island on the Tejo which the Zêzere flows into. It is a major tourist attraction in the region and can be visited by boat. Zêzerearts ensembles have performed concerts on the shore with the castle as a backdrop.
The Monastery of St Mary of the Victory, known as Batalha Monastery, is a Dominican convent built in 1385 to commemorate the battle of Aljubarrota. The famous Unfinished Chapels provide a magical setting for music.
Alcobaça Monastery was founded in 1153 and was one of the first homes to the Cistercian Order in Portugal. A huge and awe-inspiring building with an incredibly rich history, Alcobaça provides a number of extraordinary spaces for performances.
The Cultural Centre in Ferreira do Zêzere is the original home of the Zêzerearts Festival. It boasts a modern concert hall with an excellent acoustic as well as rehearsal space with rooms for practicing and relaxing. The Cultural Centre is the traditional venue for our closing Gala Concert.