Alcácer do Sal

Situated in the southern area of Setúbal's District and crossed by the Sado estuary, Alcácer do Sal is part of Alentejo Litoral subregion, included in the baixo Alentejo region. The layout of the urban grid, marked by the riverside axis with the narrow streets parallel to each other, the beauty associated with the estuary, the heritage and the typicality emblazoned on the white houses with blue ledges, give a peculiar appearance to the county. Traces found in the castle foundations date back to the late Neolithic human occupation. The Romans developed here an important commercial port, which prospered mainly with the production of salt and that has been one of the main wealth sources of the county. In addition to the navigability of the river, its military and commercial strategy was also favored due to the fact that here three of the main Lusitania roads intersect with each other. Pedro Nunes, mathematician, Ruy Coelho, musician, Francisco Soares Gentil, internationally renown doctor, and Bernardino Ribeiro, novelist and poet, constitute some of the emblematic figures of the municipality. On a gastronomic level there are numerous specialities from the Mediterranean trilogy that combine bread, oil and wine, and that are complemented with aromatic herbs, notably the eel and lamb stew, migas (dish made with leftover bread), rebolão potatoes with spare ribs, purslane soup, black bass, açordas (bread stews) and feijão adubado (kind of beans). In the wide range of conventual sweets, the most famous are the pinhoadas (pinion sweets), egg candies, honey cake, queijadas de requeijão (kind of small cheese sweets), salatinos, bolo real (cake made of eggs and almonds) and the bean and almond pastries. Not to be missed is the annually held Rice Festival in Comporta, which evokes the main activity of the parish.

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Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado

Alcácer do Sal

Occupying most of the estuary and its surrounding area (parishes of Alcácer do Sal, Grândola, Palmela and Setúbal), the Natural Reservation of the Sado's Estuary is a mixture of river and sea waters, where the sand banks, the beaches and dunes and the fens and cane fields hide from curious looks, in a rather rich ecosystem with a most varied ...

Castelo de Alcácer do Sal

Alcácer do Sal

A moorish castle that was built during the 6th century. Conquered by the Portuguese crown in 1217, it ceased being used for military purposes in the 15th century. In the 16th century, the Order of Aracoelli founded a convent there, where they remained until 1834. Currently, one can visit the ruins of the catle, of the Aracoelli convent, of the ...

Miradouro do Castelo

Alcácer do Sal

From the Castle of Alcácer do Sal one can view the Sado river and the planes of the Alentejo region. Ideal for taking great photographs.

Barragem do Pego do Altar

Alcácer do Sal

A dam located in the Santa Catarina Brook (Sado's River Basin), near the Natural Reservation of the Tejo's Estuary. It has a river beach.

Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo / Igreja Matriz de Alcácer do Sal

Alcácer do Sal

This temple was founded by the religious Order of Santiago at the end of the 12th century. A romanesque-gothic church with three naves. A special note to the portals and to the chapiters decorated by animal images.

Passeio dos Negros

Alcácer do Sal

About 7 km in length, this route starts nonsignaled in the village of Rio de Moinhos, passing by the closer as Sanchares and Quinta de Cima.

Cais Palafitico da Carrasqueira

Alcácer do Sal

The Porto Palafita de Carrasqueira is composed of a wide range of boardwalks made of wood that is buried in the mud of the River Sado. These improvised constructions are a little more than fifty years old and are a ...

Passeios no Sado

Alcácer do Sal

Tours conducted in typical craft the nature reserve of the Sado estuary. Can be done individually or in a group, lasting a full day or half-day. The definition of route is made depending on the duration of the ride. Don't ...

Aldeamento Casas da Comporta

Alcácer do Sal

Situated in the village of Comporta, this tourist village provides 136 apartments and villas surrounded by green spaces and fully equipped. You can enjoy the magnificent beaches around, as well as the natural surroundings of the Sado estuary, which allow ...

Praça de Touros João Branco Núncio

Alcácer do Sal

Stage of bullfighting and centrepieces with around 4500 places, the Bullring of Alcácer is classified as private first class. João Branco Núncio, son of Earth, gives its name to this place of worship and tradition. There are two races of ...

Estação Arqueológica do Senhor dos Mártires

Alcácer do Sal

The site is buried under olive trees. It is classed as a National Monument. In this site, four different types of graves have been found, all of which related to crematory rituals.

Barragem de Vale de Gaio / Barragem de Trigo de Morais

Alcácer do Sal

A dam located in the Xarama river (Sado's River Basin) right in the planes of the Alentejo region. Fishing and swimming are allowed. Motor boats and surfing are allowed with some restrictions.

Herdade de Sanchares

Alcácer do Sal

In the municipality of Alcácer do Sal, Herdade de Sanchares, beyond time and leisure services, integrates an agricultural area with more than 200 acres of vast rice fields, pine, cork oaks and gardens of orange trees. Here you can enjoy ...

A Cabana do Pai do Tomás

Alcácer do Sal

A house located right in the Park of the Natural Reservation of the Sado's Estuary, in the fishing village of Carrasqueira, fully equipped and in touch with nature.

Herdade de Montalvo

Alcácer do Sal

Herdade de Montalvo is partially inserted in teh natural reserve of the Sado estuary. In 1052 hectares of pure nature, there are 102 villas thought to the detail allowing you to enjoy good moments of leisure and conviviality. Enjoy a ...

Pousada Castelo Alcácer do Sal

Alcácer do Sal

Located in the castle of Alcácer do Sal, the Pousada Dom Afonso II provides a refined stay in a historic atmosphere. With 35 rooms and several services available, it offers delicious regional meals in its restaurant and rather lovely views ...

Casas do Sal

Alcácer do Sal

Integrated into homestead with about 2000 hectares, Casas do Sal are the ideal location for those who want a few days of rest and recreation. Offers a bar service that enables you rested for a few days at the pool ...

Solar dos Salemas

Alcácer do Sal

Situated in the historic centre of Alcácer do Sal, Salemas Manor built by Rui Salema stands out not only for its architecture, but also by history that bears witness. Currently is working in this building the municipal library.

Museu Etnográfico do Torrão

Alcácer do Sal

An ancient olive oil press, recovered with traditional techniques and materials, that is currently a museum. Devoted to all the different stages of bread making.

Vale do Gaio Hotel, S. Salvador

Alcácer do Sal

A typical house with lovely views and quite a peaceful atmosphere, located by the Vale de Gaio dam. It has 14 comfortable rooms and is fit for practising several different sports.

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