Alcoutim

Alcoutim is inextricably linked to famous battles and military episodes, as the Restoration War in 1642. Situated in the northeast Algarve, and in a strategic position in view of the proximity of the border with Spain, the Guadiana river appears as the greatest natural wealth of the county. And it was on the banks of the river that once the clandestine trade, represented in the Estátua do Contrabandista (smuggler's statue) erected in the middle of the waterfront in honor of this way of life, was seen. Alcoutim still preserves numerous roots and traditions, such as the low and whitewashed houses, a testimony to the traditional algarvian architecture. With regard to its heritage, the highlight goes to the castle, which features a small museum with some worth knowing archaeological finds in its interior. Be sure to observe the Mural of Alcoutim, a beautiful tile panels set that narrates, through the pictures, the customs of the region. And when it comes to traditions, there is a great bustle during the five Festas de Alcoutim days, on the second Friday of September, in which music, fireworks and nautical activities in the Guadiana are not missing. In October, in the village of Martim Longo, the Feira da Perdiz, an event much sought after by connoisseurs of sport hunting, with craft shows and regional cuisine, is held. As for its gastronomy, Alcoutim cuisine is mainly based on pork, bread and olive oil. The migas (bread soups), soups, stews or açordas (bread stews) are highly appreciated delicacies in the region. And for sweetening the mouth, we suggest a visit to the Feira de Doces D’Avó during Easter, where you can enjoy the bolo de massa de pão (bread dough cake), the filhós (fried sweets) and also attend the knitting of folares (kind of sweet breads), azevias (fried pastries) and the painting of eggs. The craft is specially made of the traditional wool and linen articles, rattan and wicker baskets, as well as by the pottery works.

Best Of Alcoutim

Castelo de Alcoutim

Alcoutim

Placed hanging over the river, it should have been inhabited during the Iron Age and in the beginning of the roman occupation, accordingly to archaeological digs. Built in the XIV century as a frontier defence, it was altered in the XVII century. Inside is a small museum showing archaeological founds and traces of the constructions found during the digs.

Monumento aos Contrabandistas do Guadiana

Alcoutim

Set of sculptures spread by the waterside area of Alcoutim, representing the various scenes of the smugglers’ activities that lived in this region in other times.

Marina de Alcoutim

Alcoutim

A small marina located on the shoreline of Alcoutim. It has several sports, including canoeing.

Praia Fluvial de Alcoutim/ Praia Fluvial do Pego Fundo

Alcoutim

A beach with a small sandy area, a parking lot, a bar, a picnic area, showers, a beach volleyball field and WC.

Povoado Calcolítico do Cerro do Castelo

Alcoutim

The CHALCOLITHIC settlement where you can distinguish three types of structure: a "defensive" built by a wall, with a general ellipsoid and probably leaving him, three hollow towers, one of which is very well preserved; A "housing estate", including three ...

Mural de Alcoutim

Alcoutim

Glazed tile panel allusive to the traditional activities of this region. With night lightning.

Zona Ribeirinha de Alcoutim

Alcoutim

Area with several sculptures about smuggling, with a small marina and esplanades with views of the Guadiana.

Museu do Rio

Alcoutim

In this museum you will find exposed the whole history of the Guadiana river, since the river transport of ore to the various types of artisanal fishing, through smuggling activities that took place during the Estado Novo. Highlight for the ...

Monumento Megalitico Menir do Lavajo

Alcoutim

Megalithic monument with two menhirs placed fairly close to each other.

Cova dos Mouros - Parque Mineiro

Alcoutim

Mining Park with several entertaining activities for all ages, aiming to preserve the environment. With animals and an area related to archaeology.

Guerreiros do Rio River Hotel

Alcoutim

Located near the Guadiana and with superb views, this hotel offers pleasant moments in a exceptional leisure area.

Alcatiã

Alcoutim

Traditional space with a menu emphasizing the flavours of the traditional gastronomy. Notice the fish and hunting dishes. Good wine menu.

Hotel D'Alcoutim

Alcoutim

Hostelry with a discreet atmosphere by the historical town of Alcotim, located above the Guadiana River with a superb view.

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