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2012/07/20

Relax in Alqueva

Start two relaxing days in the Alentejo, wandering through the white streets of the Historic Centre of Évora, classified as World Heritage.


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In the Roman Temple, learn about the history of the Roman occupation of the region and try out an excellent meal in the cloisters of the Convent of Lóios, converted into a Pousada.

In the company of the sun and ondulating golden plains, travel to Monsaraz in order to visit this preserved medieval town-museum. Nearby, you can visit the Reguengos Cooperative Wine Cellars or the Esporão Estate, integrated within the Alentejo Wines Route.

The water mirror of the Alqueva Dam and the natural beauty of the spot are an excellent reason to relax on a boat trip or practise nautical sports. In the surrounding area, the Museum of the Aldeia da Luz evokes the recently submerged village. Before visiting the Rural Hotel in the Horta da Moura or a Rural Tourism house, ascend to the castle of Mourão in order to appreciate the finest view over the great lake.

On the second day, travel to São Pedro do Corval, one of the largest pottery centres in the Iberian Peninsular, before beginning an itinerary of three castles: Alandroal, Terena and Juromenha. These offer privileged belvederes across all directions of the horizon, in a region where everything seems to be infinite.

Have lunch in Redondo and then further your knowledge of Alentejo wines in the Enotheque and Wine Museum.

Dating back to the time when it served as a royal palace, the palace of the Dukes of Bragança is the principal attraction in Vila Viçosa, alongside the marbles that are exported throughout the world. In Borba, also famous for its excellent wine, you can see carved marble monuments, such as the Chafariz das Bicas fountain, the Mother Church and the Convent of the Servas de Cristo.

Wind up your visit dedicated to the good life, in another land famous for its pottery tradition - Estremoz, and live like a prince in the Pousada da Rainha Santa, housed within the castle.

Points of interest along the Itinerary:

- Évora
- Sé de Évora

- Museu-Biblioteca da Casa de Bragança - Paço Ducal e Castelo de Vila Viçosa
- Borba
- Chafariz de Borba ou Fonte das Bicas
- Estremoz



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