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Roman Remains in Evora

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Finding Roman remains in Evora is not something that surprises our visitors. Did you know that, during the romanisation era in the Iberian Peninsula, the whole Alentejo region was of vital importance to Rome? The city of Evora quickly got the attention of the Roman troops for its privileged location. Alentejo was a rich source of wheat, a fundamental cereal for Rome. Panem et circenses …

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Cante Alentejano, polyphonic singing from Alentejo, Portugal – UNESCO

cante alentejano

Cante Alentejano is part of the strongest traditions of Alentejo, together with Alentejo cuisine and Alentejo wine. What wonderful traditions we have here to show you! When people listen to Cante, it becomes part of them. They feel a little bit “alentejanos” when they listen to the powerful voices of choral groups, which reach their souls. That is why Cante is now on the Unesco …

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Marvao – visit merging castle and landscape

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Marvao (Marvão), the “very noble and always loyal” village, got its name from Queen Maria II. It is located on Portalegre district, Alentejo. Very close to the border with Spain, on top of Sapoio Sierra, at about 2,800ft (860m) high. More precisely located between the village of Castelo de Vide and the city of Portalegre, well inside Parque Natural da Serra de S. Mamede (Natural …

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Redondo – visit the tradition of an authentic Alentejo

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Redondo village saw its foundation, according to what people say, linked to the legendary title “Penedo Redondo” (“Round Rock”), which existed on the original medieval wall. Yes, Redondo, Portugal. Have you heard of it? So, Redondo is Alentejo, it is a village of humble, friendly people. Redondo is tradition and hospitality. White small villages with houses of a cheerful colour skirting. Like so many other …

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Evoramonte – history of Portugal in an Alentejo castle

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The picturesque and delightful Evoramonte (or Evora Monte) parish is located between the beautiful cities of Evora and Estremoz. Once of big geographical and military importance, this Alentejo village with walls which still protect its residentes on the mountain top feels like an old warrior who patiently waits visitors. With numerous stories to tell them. Evoramonte – the history Clearly divided in two very distinct …

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Arraiolos – visit the village of rugs and the circular castle

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Arraiolos, the Alentejo village which needs no introduction, located in the heart of the region. The quality of the motifs and unique stitches of Arraiolos carpets as well as the peculiar circular castle put the village on the tourist map. But there are many distinctive factors able to attract you to this place only around 12.4 mi / 20 km from Evora, where the urban …

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Almendres Cromlech – Alentejo region in prehistoric times

almendres cromelech

Almendres Cromlech… There are few places with such a powerful mystique that not even time itself can change. The Almendres Estate, located in the parish of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, proudly holds one of these rare monuments. One from magical old forgotten times. It plays with our imagination and transports us to its origins. A living memory which awaits you near Evora and is known …

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Estremoz – visit the historic white city in Alentejo, Portugal

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Estremoz is one of the “white cities” in Alentejo. You can recognise it from far away for its white houses, spread across a hill. They are embraced by old walls and protected by the impressive donjon. The people of Estremoz are friendly and hospitable, like everybody in Alentejo, south of Portugal. The name “white city” comes from the colour of the houses but also from …

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