The municipality of Borba is part of Évora's district and is part of the so-called Zona dos Mármores (Marbles Area), since the extraction and processing of marble are together the main factor of economic development in the region. The conquest and settlement of Borba happened in 1217. The first charter was granted by D. Dinis in 1302, when it was also nominated as a council. The events that mark the history of Borba date back to 1662 (year in which D. João da Áustria took revenge of the death of three captains, a sergeant and twenty soldiers) and 1665 (when Borba was occupied by infantry and cavalry regiments). The latter event had an end in Montes Claros and marks the defeat of Filipe IV armies, but the same site was later occupied again, now by D. Domingos de Ceo, a Spanish general. Borba has been developing and, today, it is a region known for several factors, ranging from its award-winning wines of long heritage up to its gastronomy. The cheese with bread of Borba, the herbs for giving flavor to the dishes, the olive oil from the vast olive groves, the sausages and sweets are, coupled with the simplicity and friendliness of its people, some of the best welcome cards of the region.
Where to eat in Borba
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Located in the historic centre of Borba, inside the Castle, this cosy room has two rooms and a terr…
Restaurant with friendly service, to propose regional and Portuguese dishes such as fried Piglet or…
Good size restaurant, with rustic décor and a fireplace, which makes the environment more cozy. Her…
Very simple restaurant, whose specialties are bacalhau à Lisbeto and the lamb stew, among other equ…
Restaurant situated in a quiet area, with simple presentation, proposing essentially game dishes su…
Spacious, bright restaurant, decorated in a simple, whose specialty is lamb, comes in many forms. H…
Very simple space with alternatives as varied as: lamb stew, roast suckling pig, fried pigeons and …
Friendly, family restaurant, with specialities from Alentejo food at affordable prices.
What to do in Borba
Padrão de Montes Claros
This is a Marble obelisk that highlights the Portuguese victory in the Montes Claros in 1665 with baroque abutment. It was rose by orders of D. António Luís de Menezes, Marialva Marquis on the location where the battle took place.
Castelo de Borba
Castle of appliance of stone masonry and thick wall, with wide adarve running across the wall. Highlights-if the barn door, lined with a single turret, the door of Estremoz, forward for the big Alentejo square, flanked by its two towers. Yet to earn attention the donjon, reinforced corners, Ashlar Marmorata in the square plan and squat, massive in its entirety.
Igreja das Servas
17th century construction, with Church of a ship, the altars with gilded arches and marble, the choirs, the 17th-century tiles and iron railing. The cloister is of two floors with arches in masonry, back perfect.
Fonte das Bicas
18th century fountain built in white marble and worked with a maze of balusters, of small dimensions. Displays various inscriptions and the busts of Queen Mary and of King Pedro.
Igreja de São Bartolomeu
Built by master João Fernandes reveals Renaissance, Mannerist traits, and Gothic forms. The facade is topped by a triangular pediment and has the image of Saint Bartholomew. In the portal are the ionic columns that are based on ornate pedestals …
Where to sleep in Borba
Palatial house composed of three main bodies, joined by stairs and balconies, where the rooms and suites have direct access to the garden. Also has an orchard,…
Dating from the late 18th century, it is a really nice place, perhaps the most beautiful of the region. The rooms are majestic, especially the Archbishop's roo…
This is the first hotel rural de Borba. Imagine a peaceful place, with vegetable gardens and vineyards, of which you can taste the fruit, honey or vines and st…
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Reguengos de Monsaraz
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