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Of Cultural Interest in Alentejo

16 Of Cultural Interest in Alentejo

Of Cultural Interest in Elvas
Old Town of Elvas
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It would be impossible to imagine a Portugese street that is not dominated by the colors of white and yellow. But not just any white or any yellow. A white born of chalk and bright lime contrasting with the strong yellow sun, unique in Portugal. I do not know why that yellow color, next to blue tiles, is so characteristic of the country next to Spain. The streets in the center of Elvas are narrow, steep and all of them are cobbled making the car bounce while you are looking for somewhere to park. They are not particularly pretty or fancy or have any special distinction, but it is their colors, and the habit of having shrines and saints hung on the walls of the buildings, which distinguishes it from every town in Extremadura, although Elvas is only a few steps from Badajoz.
Of Cultural Interest in Évora
Almendres Cromlech
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Evora isn't only riddled with megalithic monuments, even though it's the area with the highest concentration of them. I recommend that you quietly visit the city and its surroundings, and if you have time, go to Monsaraz, near the border with Badajoz. In the whole area, there are many "dolmens", "menhirs" and "cromlechs". Besides, the hilltop village of Monsaraz is a real beauty, with stone streets and incredible views with the river on one side and the Alentejo plainon the other. Close to Monsaraz, there are several enclaves that are also very interesting to visit.
Of Cultural Interest in Odemira
Sardão Cape Lighthouse
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The lighthouse in in an area of ​​beautiful cliffs and protected vegetation. It was lit for the first time on April 15, 1915. In 1950 and was electrified with generators, which increased its range performance up to 42 miles (they originally uses oil). In 1984 it was connected to the public electricity network, changing the halogen lamp with a 1000 watt, which reduced its scope to the current 23 miles. It is in Cape Sardão in the Costa Vincentian [37 ° 35.8 'N, 08 º 48.9' W].
Of Cultural Interest in Sines
Lighthouse of Sines
It's in a beautiful green area, although still rather industrial. It opened in April 1880, and it has an altitude of 56 meters and 22-meter cylindrical tower with a 2nd order device fixed white light gas and oil lamp, giving a range of 25 miles. In the year 1915, the unit was changed to March 1 st order, extending its range to 30 miles. In the year 1950 is was converted into an aeromarine lighthouse, and the alteration of the light source became 42 miles. Location: Cape of Sines [37 º 57 '.65 N, 8 º 52' .74 W]
Of Cultural Interest in Castelo de Vide
Jewish Quarter
Castelo de Vide is a beautiful medieval town which is located in the district of Portalegre Alentejo. The Jewish quarter is very close to the Plaza de Pedro V. There are several streets with steep uphill slopes that lead to this beautiful corner of the city. Here, you'll find many decorations on the doors that remind us that its many Jewish inhabitants have lived here through the centuries.
Of Cultural Interest in Moura
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Of Cultural Interest in Évora
Roman Baths of Evora
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In 1987 workers performing works at City Hall (Patios del Concello) of Évora (Portugal) discovered ancient relics of Roman baths. The baths had several different spaces always organized in 3 different areas: hot, warm and cold. The Romans took their hot baths in a circular room called Laconicum (very well preserved). The space next door was the Praefurnium with the fireplace that warmed all the other rooms. The third space was called Natatio, consisting of a rectangular outdoors pool. Personally I found it very interesting to visit and it didn't take long.
Of Cultural Interest in Monsaraz
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Of Cultural Interest in Monsaraz
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Of Cultural Interest in Évora
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Of Cultural Interest in Castelo de Vide
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Of Cultural Interest in Castelo de Vide
Of Cultural Interest in Évora
Of Cultural Interest in Alagoa
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Of Cultural Interest in Portalegre
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Of Cultural Interest in Santiago do Cacém
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