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Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage


A type of traditional two-part singing traditionally performed by rural workers, with distinctive melodies and without instrumentation. 


These ancestral bells have an unmistakeable sound and a place in the region’s soundscape dating back 2,000 years.


Since the 16th century, Estremoz has been noted for its celebrated clay figures – depicting various characters as well as traditions of the Alentejo. Exquisitely crafted and delicately painted, they are now recognised by UNESCO.

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UNESCO recognises this diet within Alentejan gastronomy: particular Mediterranean foods, along with the skills, knowledge and traditions regarding harvesting, husbandry, conservation and cooking. As well as the conviviality, celebration and passing on of knowledge at mealtimes.

Royal Falconry 

Salvaterra de Magos    

The noble art of falconry is recognised on UNESCO's register of Intangible Cultural Heritage. One of the world's oldest relationships between man and bird, falconry is performed daily at the Royal Falconry at Salvaterra de Magos where the stunning 18th century architecture is as dramatic as the interaction with the birds of prey.

Some of the species of birds at the Royal Falconry have flown the skies above Ribatejo since the Middle Ages and the spectacle is no less arresting than it was then.

A visit to the Falconry will include a chance to watch demonstrations of falcons and you will see for yourself the remarkable bond between man and bird.