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5 Amazing Villages to Visit in Alentejo, Portugal

Amazing Villages in Alentejo

  Considered one of the great portuguese attractions, the region of Alentejo is famous for its beautiful landscapes, creative gastronomy, wineries and friendly people. If that were not enough, the destination is home to several cities with medieval architecture and it was voted as one of the best places in the world to watch the stars.

  Owner of four UNESCO titles and other recognition awards in the tourist trade, Alentejo has beautiful beaches, cities full of charming buildings and interesting attractions, such as castles and historic buildings. Check out 5 villages to visit in Alentejo:

Mértola

  One of the main villages of the Alentejo, Mértola is an important city from the Roman Empire era and has Islamic influences. When you are in the village, be sure to check out Mértola Castle, an old arab mosque classified as a National Monument.

Amazing Villages in Alentejo
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Marvão 

  Located in Serra de São Mamede, the village of Marvão is protected by huge stone walls and houses with fascinating architecture. The city’s charm are the white little houses that follow a construction pattern. It is also located on a hilltop, with a great view reaching the Spanish borders. 

Amazing Villages in Alentejo
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Arraiolos 

 Located in Évora District, Arraiolos is one of the places to visit in Alentejo Portugal, because of its peculiar characteristics. It is known all around the globe for its castles, forts and incredible arts, like the production of its multicolored rugs. Be sure to visit the Interpretive Center of the Arraiolos Rug, dedicated exclusively to the preservation of this impressive technique.

Amazing Villages in Alentejo
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Castelo de Vide 

  Also located in Serra de São Mamede, the village of Castelo de Vide has all the characteristics of a warm and charming destination: cobblestone streets, flowery environments, white and charming little houses that promise to make your day even more relaxing.

Amazing Villages in Alentejo
Image: Jocelyn Erskine-Kellie / Flickr

Monsaraz 

  Next to the Spanish border, Monsaraz is another of the villages in Alentejo that you should know. Its stone streets and charming little houses seem to blend perfectly with the surroundings. The hilltop castle guarantees an impressive look at Lake Alqueva, which is even more beautiful at sunset.

Amazing Villages in Alentejo
Image: Jocelyn Erskine-Kellie / Flickr