10 Things to Do in Alentejo That You Shouldn't Miss

October 5, 2017 Milan Banda

Discover the best top things to do in Alentejo, Portugal including Arrabida Natural Park, Lago Alqueva Observatory, Castelo de Marvao, Aglomerado urbano Intra-muros, Monte da Ravasqueira, Monsaraz Castle and Walls, Adega Mayor, Mercado do Livramento, Nucleo Urbano e Tradicional de Monsaraz, Adega Ervideira.
Restaurants in Alentejo

1. Arrabida Natural Park

Setubal 2900-324, Portugal +351 265 541 140
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5 based on 1 reviews

Arrabida Natural Park

Reviewed By Marcos C

At the beginning of the Portinho da Arrábida, considered one of the best Beaches in Europe. Not as fancy or expensive as the one next to it, but definitely more real, a restaurant with the balcony over the sea where you can see the transparent and translucent blue waters and the fishes waiting for a bit of bread to eat. The staff is very friendly with fishing know how and the fish is fresh and rich. Try the desert based on a Portuguese recipe of "Arroz doce" but with a fresh touch. A perfect example of Portuguese Seafood restaurant on the beach.

2. Lago Alqueva Observatory

Cm1127, Monsaraz 7200-175, Portugal +351 960 361 906
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5 based on 84 reviews

Lago Alqueva Observatory

The Observatorio do Lago Alqueva – OLA (Lake Alqueva Observatory) is the first astronomical Observatory on the Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve which helps astronomy curious to become acquainted with the night sky, which facilitates astrophotography to amateur astronomers and, that promotes meetings, workshops and conferences. It can be found next to Monsaraz village, at the center of the Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve, the first Tourism Destination Dark Sky reserve, certified by the Starlight Foundation and supported by the UNESCO and UNWTO and the Canary Astrophysical Institute. Away from the large urban centres and their light pollution, the region also benefits of a mean of 286 days of clear skies per year. OLA has a vast program of activities that will please tourists, families, schools, amateur astronomers and astrophotographers. All find here a pleasant place where more about the Universe can be learned in an relaxed manner.

Reviewed By Hugo d

Nuno (The Astronom/ Physicist) and João (The Cute Assistent) made us feeling Astronomous!! They welcomed us at their Observatory and Nuno explained in a very understandable way everything we wanted to know about the Stars. Through the Night He explained the evolution of the Universe. You can literally feel Nuno's passion for it. He explained everything in portuguese and in perfect english. Nuno was very patient with our questions and had for everything Great Informative and Never boring answers! It was Worth all the Travel to get to the darkest Place in Europe!

3. Castelo de Marvao

Rua do Castelo, Marvao 7330-114, Portugal +351 245 993 602
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Castelo de Marvao

Reviewed By Norman E - East Sussex

The castle occupies one end of the walled village of Marvao, which stands on the long and narrow top of a small steep sided mountain. The castle itself is small and would only be an average attraction were it not for the spectacular views that it, and indeed the whole perimeter of the village, offer the visitor. As a castle it is in fact a good example of the type of fortification that resulted from crusader experience, with a tall keep, strong curtain walls and a large water cistern to enable it to withstand a siege. A bit of History: Although Marvao changed hands between Moors and Portuguese more than once before the castle and outer fortifications were built no attempt to take the town by force succeeded afterwards. In 1762 a combined French & Spanish force of about 5,000 tried a frontal assault on town and castle, defended by a very small Portuguese and British force who beat them off. A walk around the castle battlements and the outer defences looking down at the possible approaches will give you a clear insight into how easily it was defended.

4. Aglomerado urbano Intra-muros

Marvao 7330, Portugal
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5 based on 155 reviews

Aglomerado urbano Intra-muros

Reviewed By hockeydad97 - St-Lazare

Marvao is a great little town. It is in great condition and most houses are in good shape. It has almost everything goig for it, its quaint, the people are friendly and it has great views towering above its surrondings. Only downside, no good restaurants within the walls.

5. Monte da Ravasqueira

Monte da Ravasqueira | Santana do Campo, Arraiolos 7040-121, Portugal +351 266 490 218
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5 based on 131 reviews

Monte da Ravasqueira

Monte da Ravasqueira has been linked to the José de Mello family for several generations. Located in the municipality of Arraiolos, about an hour's drive from Lisbon, the estate occupies a vast area of typical Alentejan landscape. The excellent geological conditions and the climate are well suited to the production of some of the best wine that the Alentejo has to offer. A great deal has been invested in planting vines and also in modern winemaking equipment and in meteorological and plant-health facilities. Investment at Monte da Ravasqueira has also been directed at the infrastructures of an oenotourism project.Monte da Ravasqueira is committed to the production of distinctive quality wines, while it is also engaged in a number or other activities involving the production of cork, olive oil and honey, as well as rearing fine cattle and fattening of black pig from Alentejo. Vineyard Monte da Ravasqueira offers a wide variety of wines resulting from 29 plots of vines. Carriage Driving Museum As part of its oenotourism project, Monte da Ravasqueira has a large private collection of harnesses and carriages of various eras and styles. The Carriage Driving Museum is also a way of recalling the fact that the 1996 World Carriage Driving Championship was won by Félix Brasseur, with Falcão, Fogoso, Favorito and Fraque, Lusitanian thoroughbreds from the stud farm that existed for many years on Monte da Ravasqueira. Winery Inspired on California's Napa Valley, Monte da Ravasqueira's winery is provided with the latest technology. It is run entirely using software developed in-house at Monte da Ravasqueira. There are also meeting rooms and wine-tasting facilities. Oenoturism Monte da Ravasqueira organises various programs of visits and wine courses, featuring a dining area, serving the best regional cuisine. It also has several rooms, ideal for meetings and corporate events.

Reviewed By casaransom - Miami, Florida

We had a wonderful tour of this estate that included a museum of horse drawn carriages. The estate itself is fascinating with its modern and young winemakers truly making a mark on traditional Portuguese wines. This was followed by an amazingly delicious luncheon in the...MoreThank you so much for your kind words. There is nothing we aprreciate more than serving well our visitors and to make sure we provide na excelente experience. Hope to see you soon. Best regards from the Ravasqueira team.

6. Monsaraz Castle and Walls

Largo do Castelo, Monsaraz 7200-175, Portugal +351 963 702 392
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4.5 based on 948 reviews

Monsaraz Castle and Walls

Reviewed By GFLX - Sintra, Portugal

Monsaraz castle with its village inside the walls is probably one of the places not to be missed if traveling around Alentejo. It's historical castle, along with the amazing views towards the lake, makes a perfect stop for lunch or quick visit during your trip. Totally recommended, worth to visit!

7. Adega Mayor

Estrada Nacional 371 | Herdade das Argamassas, Campo Maior 7370-201, Portugal +351 268 699 440
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4.5 based on 466 reviews

Adega Mayor

<<Passion is what moves us>>, Rui Nabeiro had a dream and the work was born. Based on the know-how of a vast team, Comendador Rui Nabeiro made real and exceeded his dream. And therefore, Campo Maior, a land that only provides for those who love it, once again reveals all its splendour. Evidencing this is a legendary tradition, a unique winery and a taste that comes from the age of times. Campo Maior, formerly a wine production village, once again allows for the vine roots to drink its essence and grow the best grapes. Form and flavours come later, when the grapes receive all the care and attention that only experience and knowledge from a well-prepared and qualified team can provide. The Winery In the beautiful and untouched landscape of the Alentejo plain in Campo Maior, Siza Vieira erected an original building, a horizontal construction, painted in white and divided in two floors longwise, with a third floor intended for tourism and promotion of the Adega Mayor wines. The calmness arising from this simple construction contrasts with the complexity housed within, where monumental areas intended for production and storage go hand in hand with the social areas, designed for tasting and enjoying the wine. The 40*120 m rectangle of the winery is founded on the existing cavity and 9m walls stand tall from there. Access to the building is located at the southwest end. The architect Siza Vieira reserved the upper floor for the social and public aspect of wine. There, a tasting room was created, opening into a panoramic Terrace with a lawn and a lake, headed by a sculpted marble panel, also designed by the architect, where the silhouettes of a coffee cup, a glass of wine and a bottle overlap. This panoramic Terrace provides a view over the estate's vineyard and the olive grove, extending further to Spain and the Serra de Portalegre. Enotourism Come experience a larger and see firsthand how we design the wines from Adega Mayor. We have a wide offer of activities such as hiking, mountain biking, evidence of orientation, experiences vintage, team building activities, balloon flights, boat trips on the Caia Dam. These are some of the experiences that we provide. We will be happy to design a unique and personalized experience, if so desired.

Reviewed By Tim R

After previously visiting the Coffee exhibition next door this was an interesting and enjoyable tour. It was conducted in English for our benefit by Tiago who showed great knowledge and enthusiasm about the wine production. We were able to taste wines at the end and made some purchases in the shop. At 4 euros each for the tour this is excellent value and a great afternoon out! Highly recommended!

8. Mercado do Livramento

Avenida Luisa Todi 157, Setubal 2900-462, Portugal +351 265 545 392
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4.5 based on 340 reviews

Mercado do Livramento

Reviewed By S O - Canton of Zurich, Switzerland

This is a beautiful place.
Worth to visit just because of the architecture and the nice tiles mosaic.
The best are the stands and the people interacting in selling / buying products in a very lively atmosphere.
Take a seat in one of the bars and observe while enjoying a drink!
Grouped in sectors perfumes and colors will vary.
Fruits & vegetables in numerous colors and sizes.
Fish and sea food so attractive that is difficult to decide what to buy for lunch.
Butchers are set at the sides and will increase your difficulty to decide your next menu!
Bakers with various type of breads and florist complete the core of the stands present on site.
Only open in the morning, secure you are not hungry when you enter and that you have organized a lunch / dinner place for after the visit.
Inspiring!

9. Nucleo Urbano e Tradicional de Monsaraz

Monsaraz, Portugal
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4.5 based on 139 reviews

Nucleo Urbano e Tradicional de Monsaraz

Reviewed By Gengis25 - Bradford, United Kingdom

We stayed a night in Monsaraz and what an absolutely amazing place it is. There are many hilltop villages throughout the Alentejo but Monsaraz has something special.
It is only small and it isn't over touristic. There were just a handful of shops, which all sold tasteful and traditional goods. There are also a few restaurants which I would advise booking for. What was amazing was that this beautiful, quaint and historic town still felt quiet answer peaceful. You were able to wander the streets without constantly bumping into others. We were able to park very close to the town gates and for free. If this was in the UK it would be charging a fortune to park, rammed with tourists and shops everywhere selling tourist tat! The fact that none of these happen is fantastic.
Monsaraz has a little gem and this is watching the sunset. Booking into a restaurant that faces west, sitting on the wall or a B&B with a roof Terrace will all give you what can only be described as a magical experience.
Close to Monsaraz are historical sites as well as Europe's biggest lake. A boat tour is advised as it is lovely to look back on the town from the middle of the lake.

10. Adega Ervideira

Herdadinha - Vendinha | Évora, Monsaraz 7000-854, Portugal +351 266 950 010
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Adega Ervideira

In this space with a traditional style, owned by Leal da Costa family, takes all visitors to travel back in time and in a dream world, where we want to share the Ervideira spirit. Here, with a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere, we want to share good times, inviting to taste wines Ervideira.

Reviewed By Christa4of4 - Fayetteville, North Carolina

Did a small group tour. Outdoor processing/fermentation tanks, cask rooms, bottling area. Learned about the processes for different wines. Tasting was excellent. Crackers, jam, cheese, sliced sausages. Tried 3 whites, a sparkling white, a rose, 2 reds, and a late harvest "raisin liquor" wine. Not a red fan in general, but loved theirs.
Great afternoon, wonderful wines.

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