Visiting the Region

The settlement of Alcáçovas is very ancient, it is situated on the old Roman road between Évora and Alcácer do Sal. In 1479, the Portuguese and the Spanish signed the "Treaty of Alcáçovas" that put an end to the war between the two countries and gave Portugal possession of Guinea, Madeira and the Azores. This is also the reason why the church of Alcáçovas is relatively important and well known for it's rich fresco decoration.

The village is famous for its cow bell (chocalho) production, which in 2015 was acknowledged by the UNESCO as World Heritage. Visits to the Pardalinho Chocalho Factory to see them being made, and to the Chocalho Museum, are worthwhile. Viana do Alentejo, the district capital, is 15km from Alcáçovas. When taking a walk through this charming town, be sure to visit the Castle, the Church (a national monument) and the Santuário de N.Sra D'Aires.

Évora, UNESCO World Heritage city, 30km from the Herdade da Mata, is another must see with its beautiful historic centre full of monuments, gardens, squares, churches and the famous Roman Temple.

After visiting Évora, you might like to have a look at the splendid Estremoz Castle, surrounded by vineyards. A little further on, the Vila Viçosa Pálacio Ducal is yet another treasure to be found in this attractive small town.

Reguengos de Monsaraz is, without a doubt, another place you won’t want to miss, since no-one is immune to its beauty.

Marvão, Castelo de Vide, Alter do Chão, Nisa… the Upper Alentejo is a sea of architectural and landscape riches. It would be difficult to describe them all.

The beach is also a worthwhile destination, the beautiful Comporta beach being the nearest.

If you like music don't miss to make the acquaintance with the traditional "Cante Alentejano", also considered UNESCO World Heritage.