The municipality of Aljustrel, characterized by long plains, is confined to the north by Ferreira do Alentejo and to the south by Ourique and Castro Verde. The soil of this region is rich in minerals, such as copper, arsenic and sulfur, so the mining, together with the agricultural activity, played an important role in its economic development. The assets that result from the mining history, namely the Museu dos Compressores or Mina de Algares, are worth a visit. The rural, environmental and cultural tourism has been growing as a way to diversify and enhance the tourist offer of the region. The Ermida de Santa Maria do Castelo is the most emblematic place of Aljustrel, forever linked to various miracles and legends. On a cultural level, the highlight goes to the Feira do Campo Alentejano (Alentejano Field Fair), in the month of may, where shows, exhibitions and lots of animation are multiplied. The Encontro das Comunidades Mineiras (Mining Communities Meeting), in the second fortnight of July, is an event especially marked for symposiums and exhibitions, which discloses the cultural heritage of the mining activity. In the streets of Ervidel parish, the Vin & Cultura, in November, is a pretext for a large gathering with tasting of new wines in the village cellars, snacks, regional products and crafts.
What to do in Aljustrel
Moinho de Malpique
Preserved mill that is worth visiting. Is located to the South of the Centre of the town, after a dirt road. You have great views of the whole village.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção
The Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, Baroque architecture and with longitudinal plant has two bell towers and remains one of the main attractions of the village of Messejana.
Igreja da Misericórdia de Aljustrel
Chapel with Mannerist and Rococo architecture. The typology presents is typical of the churches of mercy in the mannerist period. Presents altarpiece of the main chapel decorated with elements in mortar.
Albufeira do Roxo
A dam of the mixed type, built between 1963 and 1968, on the Sado river basin (Roxo Brook). It has a quay, anchorages and ramps of access. Sports are allowed under certain conditions. It is located on a plain.
Museu Municipal de Aljustrel - Núcleo de Arqueologia
This museum keeps a part of the local archaeological and ethnographic findings. It contains artefacts used by the several peoples who lived here, from the remotest days to our times.
Chafariz de Alonso Gomes
The fountain of Alonso Garcia, of neoclassical architecture, is painted in shades of white and blue, colors continue to Excel in Alentejo architecture.
Jardim 25 de Abril
A garden with a playground and flowerbeds. Luxujrious, varied vegetation.
Castelo de Aljustrel e Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Castelo
Is the most emblematic site in the village of Aljustrel. The Hermitage with grand staircase is used for pilgrimage. Features Baroque architecture and popular. The castle still exist some sections.
Mina de Algares
Aljustrel is well-known for its mining complexes. Today you are here the Central Museum of compressors, which serves now to witness some sort of activity in which they were used compressed air powered equipment, today replaced by electro-hydraulics equipment, hence …
Hotel Villa Aljustrel
In the village of Aljustrel, Alentejo, was installed, in 2013, the Hotel Villa Aljustrel, a four storey building architected by Carlos Ganhão. The strokes are contemporary, sober and 33 rooms very spacious. This three stars also integrates Wire restaurant of …
A familiar restaurant with well prepared Alentejo dishes and a wine list with Alentejo wines. It has live music when requested for special events.
Pelourinho de Messejana
This pillory has got four steps. Its capital is decorated with twisted and half spheres and topped by a spire and cross in iron.
Igreja Matriz de Ervidel
Chapel which features elements of the Manueline period Freestone. The ship, elevations and tower are from the Baroque period. The altarpieces are Rococo trait.
Museu Etnográfico da Messejana
The Museum has a room that pictures the office of Soares Victor, an important character of this place. The jars used by Francisco Manuel Bartolomeu, that last water seller in Messejana. It also has parts of typical Alentejo houses, such …
Museu Municipal de Aljustrel - Núcleo da Central de Compressores de Algaress
An old Central of the Algares Mine, now turned into a museum. The building was constructed in the 1950s and the central started functioning in 1952. In the early 1990s it was deactivated and only the Central of the building …
Where to eat in Aljustrel
Situado no centro da vila, no piso térreo do Hotel Villa Aljustrel, assume-se como um espaço requin…
Portuguese, Regional, Seafood restaurant
A cafe and beer house that also serves regional dishes, with shellfish specialities.
O restaurante Adega do Pescador, situado em Aljustrel, é um espaço pequeno e acolhedor, de ambiente…
Pizzeria serving Italian cuisine specialty.
O restaurante Tasca do Filipe, em Aljustrel, é um espaço onde os sabores da comida caseira se unem …
Restaurant specializing in barbecued and grilled.
Where to sleep in Aljustrel
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