Campo Maior

Inserted in the district of Portalegre, Campo Maior is situated in a large valley between the banks of Montezinho, to the west, and of São Pedro, to the east. It was populated by the Romans, then retaken by Castela from the Moors and it was only in May 31st 1297, after signing the peace treaty of Alcanizes, that it became part of the Portuguese territory. The presence of the Delta cafes company, whose owner is Comendador Manuel Rui Azinhais Nabeiro, much contributed for Campo Maior to be recognized in the industrial world. In addition to "designing" the county, it also largely contributed for the rural exodus decrease through the creation of jobs and the consequent improvement in the population's quality of life. With a natural heritage dominated by a flat landscape, Campo Maior also has several water areas, such as the barragem do Caia and the barragem do Abrilongo. Its construction was intended to serve as a basis for an extensive irrigation system, but it eventually gained prominence in the tourism sector due to favorable conditions for water sports and such. The gastronomy, with influences from Spain, relies mainly on potato soups, tomatoes, codfish, dogfish, the migas (dish made with leftover bread) with spare ribs, the gazpacho, beans with meat, the carne de porco à alentejana (dish made with pork meat, potatoes and clams) and acorda (kind of bread mash), all this accompanied with Campo Maior olives. The range of regional sweets include the sericaia (cake made with eggs and cinnamon) with plums, tosquiados (kind of almond cookies), bolos amassados (kind of cookies made with lemon), nogados (kind of cookies made with brandy and wrapped in honey) and tortilhas de amêndoa, grão e gila (almond, beans and pumpkin tortillas). The Festival of Flowers is one of several festivities taking place in the municipality. The streets, specially the historical center, are decorated with paper flowers and other objects of similar materials made by the residents of each street. However, this party is not performed cyclically, but whenever the population intends it to happen.

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Herdade dos Adaens
Herdade dos Adaens

Este projeto de turismo rural é composto por quatro grandes áreas: turismo, agropecuária, ecologia e meio ambiente. Nos seus mais de 400 hectares, dispõe de um…

Monte da Contenda
Monte da Contenda

Is situated near the dam of the Fall and offers two houses for accommodation: the Wisteria House and the House of the vineyard, with a double and two twin bedr…

Hotel Santa Beatriz
Hotel Santa Beatriz

3 star

Is situated in an area of beautiful scenery, historical vestiges and monumental wealth. It offers comfortable and well-equipped rooms and features a cosy and p…

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