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Memories of the Mills of Alvito

Code: AVT PR2
Geographical location: Alvito
Type: Circular walk
Main themes: Rurality
Distance: 14.8 Km
Approximate duration: 5 hours
Type of surface: Country paths
Ascent/descent: 366 m
Minimum altitude: 195 m
Maximum altitude: 391 m
Level of difficulty: Medium
Accessibility: Suitable for visually impaired and blind walkers.
Certifications: Approved by the FPCM (Portuguese Camping and Mountaineering Federation)
Start and finish: Praça da República, Alvito
Geographical coordinates: N38º15'26'' W07º59'30''
Geographical coordinates: 38.257413º -7.991823º
Where to park: Public car park nearby

Useful Contacts:

Alvito Tourist Board
Telephone: +351 284 480 808

When you arrive in Alvito you are at the heart of the Alentejo geographically-speaking, since it is equidistant from practically the entire territory. However, it is also the heart in the emotional sense of the word, based on the authenticity of the abundant historical heritage and a productive rurality based on its agricultural offering. Bearing witness to the area’s cereal producing past are the many windmills that give this route its name.

The country roads leave the whitewashed buildings of Alvito behind and soon lead you into a scenario where the country scenery seems to be endless. To start with, the dirt tracks through the countryside are moderately hilly but become steeper on the hills where the historic windmills are located. Nowadays the mills have either been abandoned or have been converted for use as villas.