ALENTEJO Mask Mask

ALENTEJO / Portugal

Among the places that make the Alentejo synonymous with history and tradition, is Castelo de Vide, known as the "Sintra of Alentejo". Begin your journey through time, with time. Explore its architecture, enjoy the 19th century solar and the gardens, portals, Gothic churches and the Jewish quarter.
Not far away, be sure to visit the Museum of the tapestry of Portalegre, dedicated to its founder, the industrialist Guy Fino, which includes in its collection works by artists such as Almada Negreiros, Maria Keil, Júlio Pomar and Vieira da Silva.
Venture into the Tagus Riverside path, walk by the wooden walkway along the River, between the river beach of Alamal and ponte de Belver, with the Castle as a backdrop.
Enjoy the gastronomy of Portalegre, especially their sausages. And if you're adept at fishing, drop by the Ponte de Sor, the Albufeira do Maranhão, or Montargil. If you prefer the hunt sure to pass in Sousel.
Come down and stop in Elvas to eat a sericaia. Next door, in Estremoz, city of Baroque, starts the Marble Route. From here, palaces and churches, mansions and modest houses and taverns and sidewalks are of marble.
Continue later through Borba, also on the route of the marble, and don't forget that this is also the land of good wine, obligatory crossing site on the route of the Alentejo Wines. In Vila Viçosa, notice the marble work on the façades of the churches and of course, in the sumptuous Paço Ducal, in the Convento dos Agostinhos and the Convento das Chagas. Still on the Marble Route pass by Alandroal, visit the fortress of Terena and the castle of Juromenha.
Not far, Arraiolos carpets for handicraft lovers or the environmental Path of Cabrela and Monfurado in Montemor-o-Novo, which for nature lovers are good suggestions.
Inevitable stop in Évora, a city of many stories, with plenty to see.  In Redondo taste the fabulous wines and continue for Granja/Amareleja, Moura, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Vidigueira,, towns that are also part of the wine route.
Follow the Fresco route by Viana do Alentejo, Alvito, Cuba. A trip from the 15th century to the 19th century, through the painted murals in chapels, hermitages and churches. Take a detour to Beja and meet the "Queen of the Plain" and their amazing heritage. Here, discover the choir groups traditional from Alentejo and their fashions singing about melancholy, loneliness, love and work in the fields.

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