The Distrito de Santarém (Santarém District) is a central distric of Portugal. The district capital is the city of Santarém. The district covers about the same area as Ribatejo, which was abandoned in the 1970s. The district is mainly agricultural with the richest soils of the coutry. It is famous for raising the horses and bulls used in the Portuguese version of bullfighting.
The western part of Santarém is very rich on caves. It is actually the same karst area as in Leiria, as geologic borders are not connected with political borders.