Barrancos is located in Baixo Alentejo, on the left bank of the Guadiana river, in the border with Spain. It is also known for its bullfighting and for being the warmest and driest county in the country. It has the peculiarity of being the only town in the municipality, thus being the only parish headquarters and municipality seat. The landscape is marked by the cork plantation (montado) and the schist soil. The main source of wealth is agriculture. Its origins can be found in Noudar, a few miles from the center. The seven meters high walls engulfed the old village and, within it, a church and several houses in ruins have remained. There you can also visit a museum. Noudar was until the 17th century the most important village of the region. The village of Barrancos is visited especially during the famous summer festivals, where the famous and controversial bullfights take place. The cuisine is marked by the famous black pig-based dishes.
What to do in Barrancos
Açude do Bufo
The Bufo Reservoir is located on the Murtega Brook, right on the Alentejo plains, near the Spanish border.
Parque de Natureza de Noudar
The Nature Park of Noudar, included in the Natura Network 2000, is located at a distance of seven kilometres to the northeast of Barrancos. The area is not located on the banks of the Alqueva, instead it is located in the influential area of the reservoir.
Castelo de Noudar
After serious problems caused by the Castilian domination, d. Dinis gave the order of Aviz Noudar, forcing her to build a strong Castle and granting the town many privileges. Thus, the castle was built in 1308, by order of d. Br. Afonso, master of the order of Aviz, and suffered over the centuries various repairs. Consists of hexagonal wall and …
Artesanato de Barrancos
Espaço de divulgação dos produtos regionais de Barrancos, entre as quais a conhecida cestaria e a flauta de barrancos.
Jardim das Bicas
A garden in the centre of Barrancos, with tall trees and pedestrian walks along the green areas.
Jardim do Miradouro de Barrancos
A garden deecorated with small lakes, palm trees and wood shacks. There is also a playground with cushioned floor. It is located by a belvedere with views of the landscapes around Barrancos.
Miradouro do Alto de São Bento
A wonderful belvedere with view of the Alentejo plains, dotted with cork oak trees and white houses.
Cine-Teatro de Barrancos
Espaço cultural onde decorrem diferentes atividades culturais e de lazer.
Biblioteca Municipal de Barrancos
Inaugurada em 2007, é o resultado da fusão da Biblioteca Municipal “José Saramago” e da Biblioteca Escolar de Barrancos.
Museu Municipal de Arqueologia e Etnografia de Barrancos
Housed in a renovated Manor House Museum, which gathers Islamic Iberian and Epigraphic pieces discovered in the Noudar Castle. It also features Punic sculpture.
Percurso Pedestre da Herdade da Coitadinha
A trail by the Coitadinha Farm, at the Nature Park of Noudar, a part of the Natura 2000 network. The farm has about one thousand hectares and it is located at about seven kilometres to the northeast of Barrancos. These …
Casa do Porco Preto
Casa dedicada ao porco preto alentejano. Barrancos possui condições microclimáticas únicas, que permitem uma boa transformação artesanal do presunto de porco preto, um dos produtos mais conhecidos do concelho.
Igreja Paroquial de Barrancos / Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Church built in 1747 and remodeled in 1725, has an architecture similar to that of a Spanish chapel. Emphasis on the Altar of Nossa Senhora das Dores, too before 1747 and Baroque influence. It's rumoured that is derived from the …
Where to sleep in Barrancos
Hotel located at the entrance of Barrancos, with 14 well appointed and very comfortable rooms, all with private balcony.
The Noudar nature park offers two accommodation buildings: the Casa do Monte with six doubles, and Malta's House with dormitories with capacity for 30 people. …
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