In the north of Alentejo, among forests of an unending horizon, somewhere the village of Avis of ancient origins and full of history can be found. Despite not having a consensual origin, on which some authors believe it to have a link to the Avis Order, others instead think that the genesis of the village happened thanks to megalithic monuments. What is known for sure is that the Order of Avis, of military nature and which exercised a strong influence on the local population in such a way that the creation of other religious bodies was not allowed, since it would imply the loss of assets and rights, is one of the maximum exponents of the village's legacy. Avis has kept its most characteristic layout, with medium-sized clusters formed in the vicinity of the main watercourses – Ribeira de Sede and its tributaries, Ribeira de Avis and Albufeira do Maranhão. Nowadays those arriving at Avis face a picturesque and modest village, with narrow and steep streets and with the traditional white houses with blue or yellow edges. Agriculture and cattle raising are the main economic activities; the industry has little importance. Fairs and festivals, pilgrimages, exhibitions and gastronomy events, folklore, music, theater, photography, handicrafts and paintings, not forgetting the outdoor activities, happen throughout the year. In gastronomy there are famous soups (purslane and mint soups), asparagus, tomato or crumb migas gatas (kind of bread mash) and game dishes. The cavacas de Avis (sweets made with eggs and brandy) make up the rest of the meal. Avis - Tree, Vine, Church, Sun. These are the four words that summarize its toponym and that wish to be the municipality's welcome card.
What to do in Avis
Herdade da Cortesia
Magnificent Hotel, with an avant-garde design which nevertheless fits perfectly into the landscape of Alentejo. Opened at the beginning of 2009, this is the first hotel in the village of Avis. This project, designed by Pedro Veiga and Klaus Gruner, extends for about 47 hectares, including a 25-metre pool and a space for treatment of horses.
Antigo Convento da Ordem de Avis
Temple founded in uncertain date, but knowing that it was rebuilt in the mid-17th century. In appearance it keeps the moth. The Church has a simple porch, crowned by a pediment with the arms. The chancel, of Renaissance style, was built in 1694, being the rest of the Church of Baroque feature. It is saved on the local convent the …
Castelo de Avis
Built in the 13th century, the castle was rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its construction is due to Fernão Anes, master of the military order of Avis. Of the six towers the Castle possessed, kept, just three and a few pieces of wall, adapted for modern buildings. The Queen's Tower or the convent, the Torre de Santo António …
Albufeira do Maranhão
A reservoir created by the Maranhão dam and fed by the Seda, Aviz and Raia brooks.
Igreja e Antigo Hospital da Misericórdia
18th century temple with adossado Hospital, in good condition. Features single ship, sacristy and chancel. The main altarpiece is neoclassical style, made with pink and grey marble of Estremoz.
Museu do Campo Alentejano
Museum of Ethnography and Archeology that is installed in the living room of the Chapter of the old convent of São Bento de Avis. The interior conserves parts of archaeology, crafts and ethnography collected by employees of the municipality, by …
Tasca do Montinho
Acolhedor e digníssimo representante da gastronomia regional alentejana, caiu nas bocas do mundo pela oferta de excelência de pratos de caça. Há até quem cruze a fronteira todos os fins de semana só para saborear o a famosa empada de …
Monte de Pêro Viegas
Magnificent French style house, integrated in a monte alentejano, into an extensive and abundant hunting reserve. The time can be filled with activities that the Mount provides and which favour the contact with nature.
Adega Abreu Callado
Wine cellar in the Alentejo wine route. The winery, working since 1953, is one of the icons of the region and of the most prestigious in the Alto Alentejo. In addition to the cellar, one can visit the Foundation with …
Where to eat in Avis
Acolhedor e digníssimo representante da gastronomia regional alentejana, caiu nas bocas do mundo pe…
A space witha classic decor that serves national and regional dishes.
The 180 Restaurant belongs to the Estate of the Courtesy Hotel and features a menu designed for the…
Restaurant serving regional cuisine and Portuguese specialties.
Cozy space, simple decoration and good atmosphere. Serves regional cuisine and Portuguese. Diverse …
A good service and a menu devoted to regional flavors are the hallmarks of this restaurant.
Where to sleep in Avis
Magnificent Hotel, with an avant-garde design which nevertheless fits perfectly into the landscape of Alentejo. Opened at the beginning of 2009, this is the fi…
Situada no centro histórico de Avis, surge da remodelação de uma casa nobre alentejana do século XVII. Caracterizada por um estilo “happy-chique”, proporciona …
Magnificent French style house, integrated in a monte alentejano, into an extensive and abundant hunting reserve. The time can be filled with activities that t…
Although born and died in Vila do Conde, José Régio lived in Portalegre. It is not difficult to find in this region references to the writer, as is t…
Located north of Alentejo Central, the municipality of Sousel does border on the North with the municipalities of Avis and Border, to the East, with …
Belonging to the district of Portalegre, the municipality of Crato is located in Alto Alentejo and is characterized for being picturesque and full of…
Elvas belongs to the municipality of Portalegre, has twelve kilometers distance from Spain and is separated from it by the Caia and Guadiana rivers. …