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Portugal’s Antique Country

In the eastern/central Alentejo, not far from the border with Spain, and about 90 minutes from Lisbon - is a collectable surprise-wonderful antique shops and fairs.

Every Saturday morning in the walled city of Estremoz the largest antiques and collectible fair in the Alentejo awaits. Set in the vast Rossio Marquês de Pombal Square, it runs from 9 am - 1 pm.

From rare and unique pieces, such as furniture, ceramics, radios, porcelain, tiles, copper and sacred art, to books, records, coins, postcards, stamps and agricultural implements, you will find some very good deals amid the 20-30 vendors. From Alentejo pottery to very fair priced mid-century items — there are some great deals to be had here. And the lower half of the square has a farmers’ market at the same time, with honey, fruit, cheese, cured meats and all kinds of treats.

But right next door, in the wine town of Borba, another surprise awaits. Borba has an impressive number of antique shops all round its downtown, making it the antique capital of the region. Almost all are located in the center of the town, one right next to the other, almost in a row. Entering these stores is like climbing into a time machine. You can find everything from tiles, to furniture, to ceramics, to statuary to silver and jewelry. And many are serious about what they sell, the prices are good, but the quality is impressive. There are many real and collectible objects you won't find anywhere else. Borba and Estremoz, side by side marble towns, with some of the best antiques and collectables in Portugal.

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