The municipality of Alcochete is located on the south bank of the Tagus estuary and is part of the greater Lisbon area, enjoying a privileged access to the capital through the Vasco da Gama bridge, in addition to the access to the northern motorway IC 32 and the connection to the A2. The name Alcochete derives from the Arabic word "Alcaxete" which means "oven", an allusion to the richness resulting from the combustion of the abundant wood in pine forests of this region. The human presence ranges from prehistory to antiquity, fact proved by archaeological remains that have been found. The economic activity linked to the fishing activity, the waterways system and the salt production was once the main motor of the municipality's economic development. With the decreasing development of the road links from the mid-20th century on and with the loss of Rio Tejo's economic importance as a means of communication, these activities suffered declines. The proximity to the Reserva Natural do Estuário do Tejo, considered one of the most important areas in terms of wintering in Europe for several waterfowl species, gives it an importance and constitutes in itself an attraction for nature lovers. In addition to the landscape richness, Alcochete holds a charming cultural heritage. The Festa do Barrete Verde e das Salinas, held annually in August, is one of the ex-libris, as it pays tribute to the pitchfork, the cattle herder and the salineiro (salt worker), illustrious figures that make up the identity of this Municipality.
What to do in Alcochete
Reserva Natural do Estuário do Tejo
This is the widest moist area in the country with great flora and fauna diversity and a variety of habitats and one of the biggest ranges of swamps. There are 194 species of migrating birds. There are several pedestrian pathways.
Museu Municipal de Alcochete
The Municipal Museum of Alcochete was inaugrated in 1988 an comprises three different themes: archaeology, history and ethnology. Of the several historical objects here, a special note to the Manuelin Pillory, the original document of the Alcochete chart, dating back …
Restaurant very well located, to allow a beautiful view to the estuary of the Tejo. Decorated with nautical motifs, features competent service and dishes prepared with care. Good wine cellar with over 200 wines.
This restaurant serves mainly fish, always fresh and nicely grilled on charcoal. It has two large rooms, comfortable, with a beautiful decor with motifs depicting the sea.
Quinta da Praia das Fontes
A 17th century farm, with an imposing manor, that has 17th and 18th centuries Portuguese tiles. It has five rooms with a refined decor that are part of a whole historic atmosphere.
Igreja da Misericórdia de Alcochete
A temple with only one nave, covered by a wood ceiling with paintings. On the walls of the nave there are several 18th century's paintings that picture the Passion of Christ in its different steps.
Igreja de São João Baptista / Igreja Matriz de Alcochete
The origin of this church may be linked to an old arabic mosque, later transformed by Dom Manuel II in the gothic-manuelin style. A special note to the rose window, the manuelin tower, the hipanic-arabic tiles and the golden carvings …
Pórtico do extinto Convento de São Francisco
A portico structure with three arches, ornamented with a set of tem tile panels of the 18th century, located atop the arches. In 1836, the convent of Saint Francis was bought and demolished. Only the entrance portico remains.
Where to eat in Alcochete
Where to sleep in Alcochete
A 17th century farm, with an imposing manor, that has 17th and 18th centuries Portuguese tiles. It has five rooms with a refined decor that are part of a whole…
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