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
Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Aljustrel
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.
Castelo de Aljustrel e Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Castelo / Santuário 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.
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 Rural de Ervidel
This museum is located in an old olive oil press. The collection is from donations by people of the Aljustrel parish as well as the ethnographic collection of an Ervidel's farmer.
Jardim 25 de Abril
A garden with a playground and flowerbeds. Luxujrious, varied vegetation.
Miradouro do Moinho de Malpique
A place with views of the houses, the vegetation and the surrounding hills.
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.
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 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.
Moinho de Malpique / Moinho do Maralhas
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Pizzeria serving Italian cuisine specialty.
A familiar restaurant with well prepared Alentejo dishes and a wine list with Alentejo wines. It ha…
A restaurant, located in the municipal pools of Aljustrel, that features several specialities of th…
Restaurant specializing in barbecued and grilled.
The Italian cuisine restaurant.
Where to sleep in Aljustrel
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