WHAT TO DO

You may do nothing no one will judge you. But if you are a lover of historical and cultural routes, wine and vineyards, gastronomy, birdwatching, cycling and walking, you are in the right place.

In Elvas

Garrison town – The most fortified city in Europe is 15 minutes from Camping Puro Alentejo. Declered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2012, Elvas offers a vast military legacy proved by the castle, the first building in Portugal classified as a national monument. The XVIIth century walls, the Military Museum, the Fort of Graça, the Fort of Santa Luzia and its three small forts justify the city’s nickname, “Queen of the Border”.

Religious town – A walk in the historical centre gives you the chance to see its rich religious patrimony, with important evidence of Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures.

The Amoreira Aqueduct – A monument that spans seven kilometres till it reaches the city gates. The works started in 1530 in order to bring water up to Elvas. This engineering work would only be finished a century later. The four levels of arches reach a mesmerizing 31 meters high.

In Barbacena

The village – Barbacena was a city council until 1837 and is now under Elvas’s municipality. This Islamic village was passed to the Portuguese crown by the middle of the XIIIth century. Since it was on the front defensive line, the village was continuously attacked by the Castilian troops until stability in the XXth century. This Alentejo village shows its ancient and important heritage, with monuments like the main church built in 1273, the village Pillory from the XVIth century, the church of São Sebastião and the church of Nossa Senhora do Paço, both from the XVI-XVIIth centuries and the Santo Calvário or Chapel of Nazaré from the XVIIIth century.

Anta da Coutada de Barbacena – A national monument from the Neo-chalcolithic or Copper Age. One of the 13 dolmens classified by the Patrimony and Culture Department which is included in Elvas Archaeological Dolmen Route.

Barbacena Castle – It’s a fortification included in the rich network of military architectural monuments of this region. Nowadays is a private property. The castle is thought to be built during the reign of king Afonso II (1248-1279) on a pre-Roman fortification. It was attacked several times by the Castilians and after restoration work ordered by king Manuel I (1495-1521), it was invaded by the Castilian troops in 1645, during the Restoration war.

Within 30 Km

Campo Maior – The population of this village is known by its strong sense of community, expressed during the Festa das Flores (Flower Festival), also known as Festa do Povo (The People’s Festival). An event with no settled date, it takes place whenever the inhabitants of Campo Maior decide to dedicate thousands of hours to create roses, tulips and many other colour paper flowers to cover all of Campo Maior streets. There’s a darker place, the Capela dos Ossos (The Chappel of Bones), built in 1766, and one of three existing in Portugal. If you love wine tourism, take this opportunity and visit the famous Adega Mayor, designed by the prestigious architect Siza Vieira.

Caia Dam – With an extremely beautiful landscape and a great sense of peace and tranquillity, the Caia Dam is the largest dam in all Portalegre region, bordering the municipalities of Elvas, Arronches and Campo Maior. Water sports and leisure activities are allowed, except motorized crafts.

Borba – A beautiful town in Alentejo, council of the municipality, known by the quality of two important products:  the wines that warm our soul and the marbles covering many of its monuments and churches. The wine “Borba” is one of the most famous in Portugal and it can be rightfully appreciated during the local Wine and Vineyard Festival (Festa da Vinha e do Vinho) in the first fortnight of November, attracting a great number of visitors every year. There’s another option, to plan a wine tasting tour to the Adega Cooperativa de Borba, where you can find a wide range of wines from the best caste of the region.

Monforte – The village of Monforte is on the top of a sturdy hill, on the left bank of Ribeira Grande, a hill that is probably the source of the name “Monforte”. The most iconic monument of the village is the castle, which is now in ruin. We also advise a visit to the Lusitanian-Roman Villa of Torre de Palma (Villa Lusitano-Romana de Torre de Palma). The handcraft work of the region has been passed down from generation to generation, especially typical works in cork, wood, stone, horn, wicker and leather.

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