(Concelho da Sertã)




Some basic facts about the council of Sertã are a population of around 16,000 people and a total area of 446 square km. Located in the heart of Portugal, it has a beautiful hilly and green landscape. The town of Sertã is the largest in the council.  With a stream running through it and its riverside walk, it’s a truly idyllic place.

It is an increasingly popular destination for expats moving to Portugal. With relatively cheap property and providing a quiet, rural environment, the expat community is growing. The conversion of old stone houses and “quintas” with their rustic appeal, seems to be the preferred option for most.

Sertã is actually the Portuguese name for a square frying pan. According to legend, the town got its name back in the days when Lusitânia was fighting with Romans for territory. When Romans were attacking the castle in  Sertã (still there!), the castle commander died. His wife Celinda, finding these news and with the Romans approaching the walls, grabbed  this large square frying pan with boiling olive oil and poured it over the invading troops. This made them retreat and gave the Lusitanos time to get reinforcements.

And so the legend was born and the town got it’s name! When walking around town, you can see the patterns of these square frying pans on the pavements and a very large sculpture on one of the town’s roundabouts. You can even buy fridge magnets of  “sertãs” in some of the local shops!


Most of the essential shops and services can be found in the town of Sertã:

  • Three supermarkets:  Continente, Intermarché and Pingo Doce
  • Health centre – Centro de Saúde da Sertã
  • Chemists/Drugstores
  • A number of restaurants, coffee shops and bars
  • Primary, preparatory, secondary and professional schools
  • Opticians
  • Telecom shop for broadband, landline and mobile phones  – MEO
  • Swimming pool and sports hall
  • Furniture shops
  • Garages and car dealers
  • Industrial estate with different manufacturers, including windows and doors.
  • Veterinary surgery
  • Fuel pumps
  • Hardware and ironmongery stores
  • Banks – Novo Banco, BPI, Millenium
  • A number of local small traditional shops, including butchers, stationery stores, clothing, furniture and home wear and many others.


The council of Sertã is divided in 10 localities (freguesias in Portuguese). Sertã is the main town and locality within the council, with the other ones being:

  • Cabeçudo
  • Carvalhal
  • Castelo
  • Pedrógão Pequeno
  • Troviscal
  • Várzea dos Cavaleiros
  • União das freguesias de Cernache do Bonjardim, Nesperal e Palhais
  • União das freguesias de Cumeada e Marmeleiro
  • União das freguesias de Ermida e Figueiredo

Cernache do Bonjardim is also a large town within the council, where you can find most of the main amenities and services. Other localities are smaller and may have some small shops and services. But you are likely to need to go to either Sertã or Cernache do Bonjardim for large shops and services.


River beaches are a great alternative to traditional beaches, for those living away from the coast. They are incredibly popular in Central Portugal. Usually, these are very well maintained and have a series of amenities such as coffee shops and restaurants and in some cases even water sports. Some of the most popular river beaches in the council of Sertã are:




On the map below you can find properties for sale in Sertã. From houses or villas with land, farmhouses or quintas, stone houses or even new builds. To search in more detail, you can use our advanced search tool

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