Among the places that make the Alentejo synonymous with history and tradition, is Castelo de Vide, known as "Sintra of the Alentejo”. Start your journey through time, taking your time. Explore the architecture of the city; enjoy 19th century manors and gardens, gothic portals, churches and the judiaria (the Jewish quarter).
Not far away, you have to visit the Tapestry Museum of Portalegre, dedicated to its founder, Guy Fino who had a profound knowledge of the industry, and whose collection includes the works of artists like Almada Negreiros, Maria Keil, Júlio Pomar and Vieira da Silva.
Venture off on a riverside route on the Tagus river going on foot along the wooden walkway beside the river, between the river beach of Alamal and the Belver bridge, with the Castle in the background. Enjoy the gastronomy of Portalegre, and particularly its smoked meat sausages. If you enjoy fishing, go to Ponte de Sor, to the Reservoir of Maranhão, or to Montargil, or if you prefer hunting, you must stop in Sousel.
Make a stop in Elvas to eat a sericaia (typical dessert). Not far away, in Estremoz, a city with traces of baroque styles , the Marble Route begins. From here on, the palaces and churches, manors and modest houses or even taverns and pavements are covered in marble.
Continue to Borba, a city which is also part of the Marble Route, and remember that this is also a area for good wine, a place where you have to stop on the Wine Routes of Alentejo. In Vila Viçosa, see the marble work on the façades of the churches , and in the exquisite Paço Ducal, the Convent of Agostinhos or the Convent of Chagas.
Not far away, good suggestions are Arraiolos carpets for lovers of handicrafts or the Environmental Route of Cabrela and Monfurado, in Montemor-o-Novo, for lovers of nature.
You must stop in Évora, the city of many stories, with so much to see. Taste the fabulous wines in Redondo and then go on to to Granja/Amareleja, Moura, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Vidigueira, municipalities that are also on the Wine Routes.
Follow the Fresco Routes throughout Viana do Alentejo, Alvito, and Cuba. Take a journey from the 15th to the 19th century, with murals painted in chapels, small chapels and churches. Make a detour to Beja and meet the "Queen of the Plain” and its surprising heritage. On this route,discover typical choirs, singing modas of melancholy, loneliness, love and rural work.
A few kilometres away, and closer to the sea, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Sado Estuary, an 18-hole golf course is waiting for you at the Tróia Resort.
If you prefer a more relaxing time , enjoy the Galeão do Sal, a traditional vessel of the river Sado that will take you on an amazing trip through the Natural Reserve of the Sado Estuary to the beautiful antique wooden pier of Carrasqueira, during which you can watch dolphins and see the heritage of the area, as you pass by Roman and Phoenician remains.
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