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.
What to do in Alcoutim
Castelo de 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.
Hostelry with a discreet atmosphere by the historical town of Alcotim, located above the Guadiana River with a superb view.
Praia Fluvial de Alcoutim/ Praia Fluvial do Pego Fundo
A beach with a small sandy area, a parking lot, a bar, a picnic area, showers, a beach volleyball field and WC.
Mural de Alcoutim
Glazed tile panel allusive to the traditional activities of this region. With night lightning.
Marina de Alcoutim
A small marina located on the shoreline of Alcoutim. It has several sports, including canoeing.
Zona Ribeirinha de Alcoutim
Area with several sculptures about smuggling, with a small marina and esplanades with views of the Guadiana.
Parque Mineiro da Cova dos Mouros
Mining Park with several entertaining activities for all ages, aiming to preserve the environment. With animals and an area related to archaeology.
Povoado Calcolítico do Cerro do Castelo
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 …
Monumento aos Contrabandistas do Guadiana
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.
Monumento Megalitico Menir do Lavajo
Megalithic monument with two menhirs placed fairly close to each other.
Where to eat in Alcoutim
Where to sleep in Alcoutim
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