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ESTREMOZ

Tucked away within the undulating landscape of Central Alentejo 50km (31mi) northeast of Évora is the largest of Alentejo's "marble towns". Marble is so readily available in the area it's the chief building material. Estremoz is a town of two halves, enclosed within star-shaped ramparts the upper town surrounds the 13th-century castle and former palace of Dom Dinis. The upper town is characterised by picturesque narrow cobbled lanes which ascend the hillside.

The lower town dates from the 16th century and has the Rossio Marquês de Pombal square as its centrepiece. Along with marble Estremoz is also famed for distinctive reddish earthenware, wood carvings and leatherwork. The cheeses of the area are some of the best in Portugal, mainly made from ewe’s and goat’s milk. Agriculture and viniculture still play an important role within the area. The fine produce found in Estremoz is available from the Saturday market. The abundance of great places to eat and bed down makes Estremoz a great stopover or base for exploring the area. MADABOUTPORTUGAL.COM is your essential travel companion giving you all the best pointers.

UPPER TOWN & ESTREMOZ CASTLE

Torre de Menagem

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The Castle has occupied the highest elevation of the town since the first half of the 13th Century. The only remaining original structure is the huge keep. The Torre de Menagem stands 27m (89ft) tall and remains one of the best-preserved in Portugal. Its square plan is topped by impressive battlements with pyramidal merlons. The tower bears a striking resemblance to the great tower of Beja. Work to construct the tower spanned the reigns of three successive monarchs; D. Alfonso IV, D. Pedro and D. Fernando. Locally the keep is colloquially known as the Torres das Três Coroas (The Tower of the Three Crowns).

The castle served as the residence of King Dinis and his wife Queen Saint Isabel in the early 14th century. In the castle square, there's a marble statue that testifies to the death of St. Isabel in 1336. She stands alongside a small chapel dedicated to her, (Capela da Rainha Santa Isabel), which is adorned with tiles and paintings depicting scenes from her life and the story of the "Miracle of the Roses".

The palace was restored in the 18th Century and is now one of the best pousadas in Portugal. Access to the tower is through the reception of the pousada, the entrance is free and available to non-guests. The climb to the top will be well rewarded by amazing vistas over the town and the Alentejan plains beyond including the Évora Monte castle on the horizon.

Museu Municipal Professor Joaquim Vermelho

On the same terrace as the keep is the small Municipal Museum which is home to a collection of local pottery and religious works of art. The rooms are decorated like a traditional Alentejo home. Alongside the 18th and 19th century pottery and earthenware there's an interesting collection of painted Alentejo furniture. There are also Roman and medieval archaeological exhibits to wonder at. Two local potters can be viewed working in a dedicated courtyard making the traditional clay figures of Estremoz.

Tuesday – Sunday: 09h00 – 12h30/14h00 – 17h30
Largo D. Dinis, 7100-509 Estremoz, Portugal. | 38° 50' 30.4" N | 07° 35' 32.9" W
+351 268 339 219 | museu.municipal@cm-estremoz.pt | Website


Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo

Also on the castle terrace is the Mannerist triple aisled church of Santa Maria do Castelo which dates back to 1559 and replaces a Gothic original. Inside are two paintings of the Virgin by El Greco.

Museu Municipal Professor Joaquim Vermelho

|  Museu Municipal Professor Joaquim Vermelho

LOWER TOWN

Rossio Marquês de Pombal

|  Rossio Marquês de Pombal


Rossio Marquês de Pombal

Dating back to the 16th-Century is centred around the enormous Rossio Marquês de Pombal square where. It is here every Saturday the massive weekly market is held (Feira de Velharias). As well as a great opportunity to pick up some traditional handicrafts, clay figurines and a souvenir or two the market is a great place to buy local produce. The perimeter of the square sports some impressive marble façades such as the Igreja dos Congregados and the town hall (Câmara Municipal). Here too you'll find some fine cafés and restaurants. The first weekend every September Estremoz’s annual festival is held in the Rossio Marquês de Pombal square and is characterised by bull-running, concerts, fireworks and baking contests.


Convento de São Francisco

The large façade of the Igreja do Convento de São Francisco dominates the northern side of the Rossio Marquês de Pombal square. Topping the front portal is a Rococo-style pediment which is a later addition. The origins of the church date to the 12th Century.


Laga do Gadanha

Next to the Rossio Marquês de Pombal square, opposite the Convento, is an urban lake, 40 metres a side. It was built in the 17th century and takes advantage of one of the most active springs in Estremoz. In the centre is the Fonte Nova fountain on top stands a statue of the sun god Saturn (Gadanha), who is brandishing a scythe. The statue was transferred here from the Convento dos Congregados in the mid-nineteenth century and is a symbol of abundance and wealth.

TOP TOURS

Roadmap of Estremoz Historical and Architectural Heritage

Roadmap of Estremoz Historical and Architectural Heritage

This tour starts from outside the Estremoz Tourist Office and covers the great centres of Estremoz, Rossio and Largo D. Dinis, inside the Alcáçova de Estremoz, where the most important and emblematic historical and architectural heritage of Estremoz is found.




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Alentejo Premium Wine Tour

Alentejo Premium Wine Tour

This experience is a voyage of discovery for Alentejo wines in a personalised and local way. Our host will guide you from Lisbon to Estremoz where you will learn about Alentejo products and culture. You can stop during the whole trip to enjoy the local landscape and monuments. Our host will show you not only the fabulous wines of Alentejo but also give you a local perspective of the whole environment, explaining a little the region's cork, a key element for the quality of the wine.


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Evora and Alentejo Day Tour

Évora and Estremoz Tour from Lisbon

Make the acquaintance of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Évora on a private full-day tour from Lisbon. Alongside an expert private guide, discover the ancient monuments and captivating history of the city; visit the Diana Temple, the impressive Cathedral and St Francis’ Chapel, famed for its eerie bone chapel. Revitalise with a delicious lunch and then continue to Estremoz to learn of the town’s marble and stone industry. Receive undivided attention from your guide and customise your itinerary according to your interests on this private tour.

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VISIT A VINEYARD

Estremoz sits within the Borba wine sub-region which is the second largest in the Alentejo. The terrain is punctuated by unique soils, huge deposits of marble that have made an indelible mark on vine growing and the character of the sub-region's wines. Substantial patches of red schist spread throughout austere and poor soil form a markedly different typology in Borba, one of the Alentejo's most dynamic sub-regions. Borba's special microclimate ensures above-average rainfall as well as slightly lower than average levels of sunshine for the Alentejo, producing wines that are particularly fresh and elegant.


Dona Maria

Located in the town of Estremoz this palace-like house dates from the beginning of the 18th century is famous, not only for its beauty but also for its history and quality of its wines.

Its interior is rich in tiles from the 18th Century, and the typical marble of the region can also be found all around the house. According to history, this estate was once acquired by king João V as a present to a lady of the court, Dona Maria, with whom he was madly in love.

The estate and the wine currently produced here are named after Dona Maria. The estate is also known as Quinta do Carmo because a few years after the construction of the house a chapel was built, dating from 1752, dedicated and consecrated to “Our Lady of Carmel”. The walled Garden, at the end of the patio, is surrounded by secular palm trees and nooks filled with history. Quinta do Carmo is the best and most beautiful country house of the region, maintaining original elements of Baroque and Joanine architecture.

Wine has been produced on the estate for over 130 years. At the beginning of the new millennium Júlio Bastos started his new project, Dona Maria Wines. The ancient estate winery was restored and extended, equipped with the best and most modern technology, whilst keeping the famous "lagares” where selected grapes are vinified using the traditional foot treading method. Nowadays, the winery produces 260.000 bottles, divided into three different ranges, the "Dona Maria” Range, the "Amantis Range” and the "Julio B. Bastos” range.

Quinta do Carmo 7100-055 Estremoz, Portugal.
38° 51'16.3" N | 07° 35' 05.3" W | +351 268 339 150
donamaria@donamaria.pt | Website

Dona Maria

|  Quinta do Carmo


Dona Maria

|  Quinta do Carmo

João Portugal Ramos

|  João Portugal Ramos


Monte Seis Reis

|  Monte Seis Reis


Tiago Cabaço

|  Tiago Cabaço

João Portugal Ramos

João Portugal Ramos' wines are present throughout the world, being sales leaders of Portuguese wines in some countries. Today, the winemaker works side by side with two of his five children, João Maria in the oenology area and Filipa in the marketing department, continuing the family business.

Born into a family with a long history of wine production, João Portugal Ramos obtained a degree in Agronomy from the Superior Institute of Agronomy, in Lisbon. The first five hectares of vineyards were planted in Estremoz in 1989 where João was free to create his own wines. The Vila Santa winery was built in 1997 and its renowned brand Marquês de Borba was created. After establishing himself as one of the premier winemakers in the Alentejo João Portugal Ramos has expanded his wine empire to other wine regions of Portugal. In the year in which João Portugal Ramos Group celebrates 25 years, its founder receives “Senhor do Vinho” (Wine Lord) Award from one of the most renowned Portuguese publications in the sector - Revista de Vinhos.

J. Portugal Ramos Vinhos S.A. Vila Santa, EN 4, 7100 - 149, Estremoz, Portugal.
38º 50’ 24.8" N | 07º 37’ 43.5” W | +351 268 339 910
geral@jportugalramos.pt | Website



Monte Seis Reis

Monte Seis Reis (Six Kings Farm) was created in the early nineties by Helder de Almeida, whose family is related to winemaking since the beginning of the 20th century. In March 2003, Mr Almeida decided to build his own winery and to start producing wine - Monte Seis Reis. There were five kings and a Queen that was very important to Estremoz. As a tribute, the winery was branded as Monte Seis Reis. The vineyard is planted over 50 hectares in Estremoz, Alentejo. The main grapes are Aragonês, Trincadeira Preta, Periquita, tinta caiada and Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Alicante Bouschet. The King Dining Room is perfect for meetings, lunches and dinners, the Traditional Products Shop with their wine and traditional handicraft products and the Art Gallery with a permanent exhibition about Wine and a temporary exhibition that is replaced periodically..

Herdade dos Casarões Santa Maria 7100- 078 Estremoz, Portugal.
38° 51' 36.2" N | 07° 37 '06.3" W | +351 268 322 221
geral@seisreis.pt



Tiago Cabaço

Born and raised in Estremoz, at the very heart of the Alentejo wine region, Tiago Cabaço started taking part in and working his parents’ vineyards and cellar from a very young age. Starting as a child, he grew up learning the secrets of the vineyard, the soil, the grape varieties, and the whole universe surrounding wine-growing, knowledge which he still uses daily. Naming the project after himself, he created Tiago Cabaço Wines in 2004. Since then, he has been marketing his own wines, through which he has been asserting his personality and vision concerning wines and the Alentejo.

Tiago Cabaço has earned the respect and attention of the wine industry, having garnered several national and international awards and distinctions. Seductive and serious, the wine range is modern in style and form, yet profoundly influenced by the Alentejo in character. It is divided between the young and energetic “.com”, the powerful and austere single grape varieties, the “Vinhas Velhas” – old vines – which combines the excellence of the terroir and vines with more than 30 years of existence, the sparkling wine, developed for special moments, and the simultaneously vigorous, subtle and fresh “blog” considered by Tiago Cabaço to be the top-end wines. With access to some of the oldest and finest vines in the Alentejo, all available in the vicinity of Estremoz, with oenology at the hands of Susana Esteban, one of Portugal’s best oenologists, and having conquered foreign markets, Tiago Cabaço is definitely a star from the new Alentejo.

Quinta da Berlica, Mártires 7100-148 Estremoz, Portugal.
38° 49' 59.3" N | 07° 34' 58.9" W | +351 268 323 233
enoturismo@tiagocabacowinery.com | Website

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OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Pousada Castelo de Estremoz

Pousada Castelo de Estremoz ★ ★ ★ ★

Located in a castle originally built for Queen Santa Isabel in the 13th century, this luxury hotel offers panoramic views of Estremoz and the vast Alentejo plain from the palace gardens and outdoor pool. The rooms at Pousada Castelo de Estremoz feature classic décor, several characteristics from the 18th century. All rooms have a mini-bar, cable TV, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Guests can enjoy a game of snooker in the games room. Nearby activities include fishing, guided country walks, and bicycle tours. The restaurant serves gourmet cuisine that combines traditional Portuguese cooking with contemporary elements. Guests can enjoy a glass of regional wine in the castle’s grand dining hall. Room service is available.

Largo D. Diniz, 7100-509 Estremoz, Portugal. | 38° 50' 30.5" N | 07° 35' 31.5" W

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O Estremoceiro - Apartment

O Estremoceiro - Apartment

Located in Estremoz, 200 yards from the statue of Queen Saint Elizabeth, O Estremoceiro provides accommodation with a shared lounge, free WiFi and a shared kitchen. Housed in a building dating from 1951, this apartment is 900 yards from the Convent of the Congregados.

The apartment is equipped with two bedrooms, a bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a patio with mountain views.
Rua do Peixeiro 11, 7100-545 Estremoz, Portugal.
38° 50' 31.5" N | 07° 35' 41.5" W

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Residencial Miguel José - Guesthouse

Residencial Miguel José - Guesthouse

Located in the Estremoz city centre, less than a five minutes walk from Estremoz Castle, Residencial Miguel José features simply decorated rooms with free WiFi access. Each air-conditioned room features dark-wood beds and a TV, in addition to a private bathroom with either a bath or a shower. Guests can enjoy breakfast at Residencial Miguel José. For lunch and dinner, explore the surrounding streets to find local gastronomy.
Travessa da Levada n-º 8, 7100-567 Estremoz, Portugal.
38° 50' 35.7" N | 07° 35' 19.4" W

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OUR CHOICE

Adega do Isaias

Adega do Isaias

Probably the best traditional tavern in Estremoz. Much of the food is cooked on large outdoor barbecue – steak, lamb, pork, fish; all at surprisingly good value. The interior is pleasantly rustic and atmospheric. The cliental is principally locals. The lamb is the star-dish and the lobster is a pure delight. Service is typically friendly and portions are generous.

Daily: 12h00 – 15h00/19h30 – 22h00
R. do Almeida 21, 7100-535 Estremoz, Portugal.
38° 50' 34.1" N | 07° 35' 21.6" W
+351 268 322 318


Howard's Folly

Howard's Folly

Howard's Folly is a boutique wine producer with vineyards in Portalegre, North Alentejo and in Melgaço in the Minho. It is Estremoz that's has the privilege to host the company's Restaurant and visitor centre. As well as being a swanky wine bar where you can sample a wide range of local wines and cocktails you can take indulge in regional cuisine with a creative twist. Choose from the restaurant and a courtyard dining area. The interior is decorated throughout with paintings, sculptures and, oddly enough, painted pigs. The food, like the wine, is of excellent quality and the service light-hearted.

Wednesday – Sunday: 12h30 – 23hoo (Bar 2am), Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED | Rua General Norton de Matos, Estremoz 7100-107 Portugal.
38° 50' 30.7" N | 07° 34' 51.1" W
+351 268 332 151 | susana@howardsfollywine.com | Website


Gadanha Mercearia

Gadanha Mercearia

Gadanha Mercearia is a true treasure trove of the best produce from the Alentejo. Part delicatessen, part wine shop and part restaurant. The commitment to serve the very best Alentejo has to offer has brought Gadanha Mercearia much credited recognition. The presentation of dishes are an artistic masterpiece and the food tastes as good as it looks.

RESTAURANT Wednesday to Sunday: 12h00 – 15h00/19h00 – 23h00, Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED
SHOP & WINE CELLAR: Wednesday to Sunday: 10h00 – 23h00, Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED

Largo Dragoes de Olivenca 84 A, Estremoz 7100-457 Portugal.
38° 50' 39.4" N | 07° 35' 17.8" W
+351 268 333 262 | mercearia@merceariagadanha.pt | Website

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Latitude - 38° 50' 39.4" | Longitude - 07° 35' 17.8"

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Trains no longer stap at Estremoz. The nearest train station is at Évora:
• Linha do Alentejo Timetable
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Rodoviária do Alentejo run coach services all over the Alentejo and beyond, linking the region to major cities within Central and Southern Portugal, including coaches to Évora and Estremoz: Website